A popular holiday with all new hotels and revamped routes. This is an exciting motorcycle tour that will take you to the heart of the stunning Austrian Alps.
If you are an independent rider who wants a bit more than just a motorcycle riding trip then this holiday will appeal to you.
The choice of great biking roads and passes is endless. With their countless hairpin bends some of the mountain passes will take you to the dizzying heights close to 3000m. These include the Arlberg and Gerlos Pass (Kriml waterfalls) as well as B99. The Nockalm and Maltatal Strasse, Sölk, Tauern and Turrach Pass as well as the most famous ones the Grossglockner and Timmelsjoch.
As well as being fantastic rides both passes present an opportunity to visit two major tourist attractions. And also as an added bonus they both have fantastic restaurants on top.
The high alpine road with its 36 hairpin bends provides one of the most exhilarating rides in Europe. It also leads to the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park ending up at the magnificent Pasterze Glacier. Here you may choose to stop for a well deserved lunch. Judging from the previous experiences the pancakes are always a popular choice.
Timmelsjoch pass, with its tighter hairpins and occasional summer snow fall might require more technical riding approach. The extra effort is worthwhile as it is usually rewarded with a tasty traditional lunch and delicious slice of apple strudel. Also the highest motorcycle museum in Europe is just next door.
However, if you are feeling even more adventurous you can also take a ride to the Julian Alps in Slovenia over the twisty Vrsic mountain pass.
All suggested rides lead directly to the heart of the Austrian Alps. They provide you with wonderful views of snow caped mountain peaks and flowery meadows. Dark green pine forests as well as ice blue mountain lakes.
For the fans of the Sound of Music and Mozart a day trip to Salzburg is a must. Here you can spend time admiring the old town’s baroque architecture. You can visit numerous tourist attractions and also have lunch in one of many elegant squares.
Top things to do here are visits to Mozart’s museum and his former residence. As well as St Peter’s monastery, cemetery and catacombs. While here why not indulge in a slice or two of sacher torte at the famous Sacher Café. Or perhaps have a cup of coffee at the trendy Café Tomaselli. Or even better treat yourself with both.
This region is truly unique and offers a lot of possibilities both for bikers and tourists. From Salzburg you can extend your ride to Hallstatt. The town is situated on the shores of the crystal clear alpine lake and at the foot of the mountain. It is also one of the most photographed places in Austria.
If you wish to add a historic aspect to your holiday take a ride along the scenic alpine roads into Germany. The picturesque town of Berchtesgaden as well as the Eagle’s Nest are both worthwhile a visit.
The mountain lodge was a gift to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday by the town mayor. Also according to the locals, the fireplace was a present from Mussolini. In 1945, allied soldiers added various graffiti to the fireplace and chipped off countless souvenirs as well.
Sometimes before you start heading home make sure you stop at a local stube. Schnitzel and Apple strudel are always popular choices.
To extend this trip please have a look at Italian Dolomites and/or Slovenian Alps tour.
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