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Tour the Alps

This is a trip I made in 1997 to see and drive some of the most popular passes of the Alps and other places worth for sightseeing.

I spent 6 days in the Alps and needed two for arrival and return. On the whole trip I avoided to drive motorways.

Starting poin2000t and Finish was Luedenscheid in the Sauerland, where I live. So you may have to change the first and the last day tour depending on your own hometown. On the other hand I also had routes on these days which were worth to ride on.

I will not recommend every place worth for sightseeing. Remember: The trip leaded through the alps. There are places everywhere, everyday, everyway.

Disclaimer: This is only a report of a tour I made. Everyone who lives near or in the areas I visited might know better routes or find mistakes in my descriptions. You are allowed to hold them or give a tip for correction. Others who take this 'roadbook' for riding will do it on their own risk. No one should say I didn't warn him: some days I needed 10 hours and more for a day's trip.

Remember the german umlaut. I will write an ae, ue, oe, ss instead.
In south tirolia I tried to give both names of a waypoint, german and italian.

Below is a comparison of the signs used for street numbers in the countries I visited. ? is used for 0-9.

Germany Switzerland Italy Austria
- - - -
L??? (lower class road) ?? SP?? L???
B?? (high class road) ?? SS?? B??
A?? (motorway) N?? A?? A??

Road No.
Dist.
Daily Dist.
Total Dist.
Location
Description
- - - - - -
start 0,0 0,0 0,0 Luedenscheid Sauerland; motorway entrance no. 14;
~7°39'22", 51°13'58"; direction south
A45 74,0 74,0 74,0 Haiger/Burbach motorway exit no. 24; new direction Limburg
B54 22,0 96,0 96,0 Rennerod -
B54 21,0 117,0 117,0 - joining B49
B54 4,0 121,0 121,0 - crossing A3
B54 3,0 124,0 124,0 Limburg center; new direction Wiesbaden
B417 29,0 153,0 153,0 Neuhof -
B417 12,0 165,0 165,0 Wiesbaden center; new direction Mainz
B262 2,0 167,0 167,0 Schierstein reaching motorway interchange (ger: Autobahnkreuz) 'Schierstein'; new direction Mainz
A643 7,0 174,0 174,0 - reaching motorway junction (ger: Autobahndreieck) 'Mainz', no. 19 (A60); new direction Ruesselsheim
A60 5,0 179,0 179,0 - reaching motorway interchange Mainz-Sued, no. 21 (A60), no. 2 (A63); new direction Kaiserslautern
A63 25,0 204,0 204,0 - reaching motorway interchange 'Alzey', no. 8 (A63), no. 54 (A61); new direction Worms
A61 3,0 207,0 207,0 - motorway exit no. 55; new direction Alzey
L406 2,0 209,0 209,0 Alzey new direction Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
B271 16,0 225,0 225,0 Monsheim -
B271 11,0 236,0 236,0 Gruenstadt crossing A6
B271 11,0 247,0 247,0 Bad Duerkheim -
B271 14,0 261,0 261,0 Neustadt new direction Landau
B38 18,0 279,0 279,0 Landau new direction motorway A65
B10 1,0 280,0 280,0 - motorway entrance no. 15
A65 23,0 303,0 303,0 - motorway interchange 'Woerther Kreuz', no. 24; new direction Karlsruhe
B10 9,0 312,0 312,0 Karlsruhe center; new direction Rastatt
B36 14,0 326,0 326,0 Durmersheim -
B36 7,0 333,0 333,0 - joining B3
B36 3,0 336,0 336,0 Rastatt leaving B3
B36 7,0 343,0 343,0 - crossing B500
B36 15,0 358,0 358,0 Lichtenau -
B36 26,0 384,0 384,0 Kehl -
B36 29,0 413,0 413,0 - crossing A5
B36 4,0 417,0 417,0 Lahr new direction Freiburg
B3 22,0 439,0 439,0 Malterdingen -
B3 7,0 446,0 446,0 Emmendingen -
B3 14,0 460,0 460,0 Freiburg -
B3 14,0 474,0 474,0 Bad Krozingen -
B3 15,0 489,0 489,0 Müllheim -
B3 26,0 515,0 515,0 - crossing A98
B3 5,0 520,0 520,0 Weil am Rhein stayed over night; new direction Basel

A word about Weil am Rhein:

A nice little town but not very experienced in tourism. No fast food restaurants or other not to expensive possibilities to eat. The hotel was very small (I don't remember the name anymore) and hidden behind other houses near the southern town exit. But you can get good value for your money.

Road No.
Dist.
Daily Dist.
Total Dist.
Location
Desription
- - - - - -
B3 7,0 7,0 527,0 Basel crossing border to Switzerland; new direction Delémont
18 9,0 16,0 536,0 Arlesheim/Reinach -
18 3,0 19,0 539,0 Aesch (no umlaut) -
18 10,0 29,0 549,0 Laufen -
18 23,0 52,0 572,0 Delémont new direction Moutier
16 12,0 64,0 584,0 Moutier -
16 23,0 87,0 607,0 Sonceboz -
16 14,0 101,0 621,0 Biel (Bienne) new direction Lausanne
5 15,0 116,0 636,0 La Neuveville -
5 10,0 126,0 646,0 St. Blaise -
5 5,0 131,0 651,0 Neuchatel -
5 4,0 165,0 685,0 Yverdon -
5 32,0 197,0 717,0 Lausanne wonderful Lac Leman (Genfer See); new direction Montreux
9 20,0 217,0 737,0 Vevey -
9 7,0 224,0 744,0 Montreux I was lucky: the Jazz Festival just happened; very good vibes
9 13,0 237,0 757,0 Aigle -
9 9,0 246,0 766,0 Bex joining road no. 21
9/21 19,0 265,0 785,0 Martigny new direction Grand St. Bernard
21 19,0 284,0 804,0 Osieres -
21 20,0 304,0 824,0 - straight on is the entrance to the tunnel of Grand St. Bernard; your direction is left to Col du Grand St. Bernard
NN 10,0 314,0 834,0 Col du Gr. St. Bernard crossing border to Italy; new direction Aosta
NN 12,0 326,0 846,0 - reaching SS27
SS27 20,0 346,0 866,0 Aosta stayed over night; next direction Ivrea

A word about the valley of Aosta:

It is the italian side of the Mt. Blanc. From the city of Aosta you can't see it. I stayed only one night and hadn't the time to go up the valley. But I think the sight seeing will be worth the trip.

At the airfield of Aosta is a hotel where you might check in late. But it's loud, simple and expensive. Going down the valley beneath Aosta on the SS26 there is 'Aosta camping' on the left side. It's hidden behind a railway embankment so you can see only a sign at the road. There was only one train all the night so I could bear it.

Road No.
Dist.
Daily Dist.
Total Dist.
Location
Description
- - - - - -
SS26 24,0 24,0 890,0 Chatillon -
SS26 14,0 38,0 904,0 Pont St. Martin take some time to view the valley
SS26 5,0 43,0 909,0 Settimo Vittone straight on only 2 km to Ivrea; new direction Mongrando
SP72 5,0 48,0 914,0 Nomaglio -
SS419 14,0 62,0 928,0 - reaching SS338 near Mongrando; direction Mongrando
SS338 9,0 71,0 937,0 Biella new direction Milano
Via Milano 10,0 81,0 947,0 Cossato no road number; in Biella 'Via Milano', in Cossato SS142; new direction Arona
SS142 21,0 102,0 968,0 Gattinara -
SS142 5,0 107,0 973,0 Romagnano Seria -
SS142 11,0 118,0 984,0 Borgomanero -
SS142 12,0 130,0 996,0 Arona new direction Stresa; reaching Lago Maggiore
SS33 16,0 146,0 1012,0 Stresa -
SS33 7,0 153,0 1019,0 Feriolo leaving SS33 turning right to Fondotoce
NN 3,0 156,0 1022,0 Fondotoce new direction Verbania/Locarno
SS34 8,0 164,0 1030,0 Verbania always on the lakesite
SS34 25,0 189,0 1055,0 - crossing border to Switzerland; direction Locarno; still always on the lakesite
13 12,0 201,0 1067,0 Ascona/Locarno two absolutely wonderful cities but tourismł
13 10,0 211,0 1077,0 - reaching road no. 405 and 406; new direction Bellinzona
406 6,0 217,0 1083,0 Cadenazzo new direction Lugano
2 17,0 234,0 1100,0 Taverne -
2 6,0 240,0 1106,0 Lugano reaching Lago di Lugano; new direction Lago di Como
Strada di Gandria 8,0 248,0 1114,0 - crossing border to Italy; new direction Menaggio
SS340 17,0 265,0 1131,0 Ticino stayed over night

A word about Ticino:

Ticino isn't worth to talk about. In Ticino there are only two little albergos. One was booked up, the other one was cheap. But it was late and dark and I was tired. The main thing I remember was a great (really great sight) thunderstorm. In the light of the lightnings I could see that I was nearly at the edge of the hills around the Lago di Como but not near enough to see the water.

Road No.
Dist.
Daily Dist.
Total dist.
Location
Description
- - - - - -
SS340 3,0 3,0 1134,0 Menaggio reaching the Lago di Como; new direction Dongo
SS340 5,0 8,0 1139,0 S. Maria Rezzonico always at the lakesite
SS340 10,0 18,0 1149,0 Dongo still at the lakesite
SS340 14,0 32,0 1163,0 - reaching SS36
SS36 1,0 33,0 1164,0 - reaching SS38; for staying at the lakesite turn right
SP72 3,0 36,0 1167,0 Colico reaching the old SS36 along the lakesite; new direction Lecco
SS36 14,0 50,0 1181,0 Bellano -
SS36 17,0 67,0 1198,0 Mandello del Lario home of Moto Guzzi
SS36 11,0 78,0 1209,0 Lecco new direction Calolziocorte
SS639 7,0 85,0 1216,0 Calolziocorte -
SS639 9,0 94,0 1225,0 Cisano Bergamasco new direction Bergamo
SS342 23,0 117,0 1248,0 Bergamo near motorway entrance Bergamo (A4)
SS42 13,0 130,0 1261,0 - straight on there is Trescone Balneario; turn right
SP91 7,0 137,0 1268,0 Chiuduno -
SP91 3,0 140,0 1271,0 Grumello d. Monte -
SP91 3,0 143,0 1274,0 Tagliceno -
SP91 6,0 149,0 1280,0 Sarnico reaching the Lago d'Iseo; new direction Iseo
SS469 1,0 150,0 1281,0 Paratico direction Iseo
SP12 9,0 159,0 1290,0 Iseo new direction Brescia
SS510 14,0 173,0 1304,0 Mandolossa reaching SS11; direction Brescia
SS11 6,0 179,0 1310,0 Brescia -
SS11 11,0 190,0 1321,0 Rezzato -
SS11 2,0 192,0 1323,0 - reaching SS45bis
SS45bis 18,0 210,0 1341,0 Salo at the Lago di Garda
SS45bis 44,0 254,0 1385,0 Riva del Garda no explanation necessary: the western lakesite road of the Lago di Garda; needed over 4 hours to explore only some of the possibilities; new direction Rovereto
SS240 23,0 277,0 1408,0 - joining SS12
SS240 1,0 278,0 1409,0 Rovereto stayed over night; next direction Trento

Some words about Rovereto:

There is much industry in Rovereto. So I wanted to stay the night north of Rovereto in the valley of the river Etsch. No chance. On the way to Trento I found only one albergo and it was closed for the next two or three hours till I could check in.
So I drove around spending time. Near the motorway entrance 'Rovereto-Nord' I found a sign for the Lago di Cei high in the mountains beside the valley. Up there I found one of the most beautiful lakes I ever saw and nearby the 'Albergo Lago di Cei'. This is an area worth to visit only for sightseeing. Of course I decided at once to stay the night here. After returning home again I tried to find the lake or the albergo on a map but both are too small.

Road No.
Dist.
Daily Dist.
Total Dist.
Location
Description
- - - - - -
SS12 24,0 24,0 1433,0 Trento -
SS12 2,0 26,0 1435,0 - reaching SS47; new direction Feltre
SS47 11,0 37,0 1446,0 Pergine -
SS47 9,0 46,0 1455,0 Levico -
SS47 39,0 85,0 1494,0 Primolano direction Feltre
SS50bis 15,0 100,0 1509,0 - reaching SS50; direction Feltre
SS50 6,0 106,0 1515,0 Feltre -
SS50 20,0 126,0 1535,0 Sedico new direction Cortina d'Ampezzo
SS203 6,0 132,0 1541,0 Vignole -
SS203 21,0 153,0 1562,0 Agordo -
SS203 20,0 173,0 1582,0 Alleghe the fun begins: curves, turns, bends ...
SS203 12,0 185,0 1594,0 Cernadol direction Cortina d'Ampezzo
SS48 9,0 194,0 1603,0 Paso di Falzarego -
SS48 16,0 210,0 1619,0 Cortina d'Ampezzo an area like paradise for bikers
SS48 9,0 219,0 1628,0 Paso Tre Croci still curves, turns, bends ...
SS48 3,0 222,0 1631,0 Misurina new direction Schluderbach/Carbonin
SS48bis 9,0 231,0 1640,0 Schluderbach/Carbonin new direction Toblach/Dobaccio
SS51 14,0 245,0 1654,0 Toblach/Dobaccio new direction Lienz
SS49 5,0 250,0 1659,0 Innichen/Candido -
SS49 7,0 257,0 1666,0 - crossing border to Austria
B100 8,0 265,0 1674,0 Tessenberg -
B100 27,0 293,0 1701,0 Lienz -
B100 5,0 298,0 1706,0 Debant new direction Grossglockner
B107 5,0 303,0 1709,0 Iselsberg stayed over night

Some words about Iselsberg:

There isn't really a village. Only some houses along the road. Nearly every house rents bed and breakfast for less money. This time I didn't stay in Lienz because I could see the little pass of the Iselsberg. From my room I had a great view over the valley of Lienz.

Road No. Dist. Daily Dist. Total Dist. Location Description
- - - - - -
B107 12,0 12,0 1721,0 Winklern -
B107 22,0 34,0 1743,0 Heiligenblut you have to pay 'Maut' for the 'Grossglockner- Hochalpenstrasse'
B107 8,0 42,0 1751,0 - turn left for the 'Franz-Josef' hut; you will have the best view to the Grossglockner, highest mountain in Austria
B107 7,0 49,0 1758,0 Hochtor a little tunnel beneath the highest point of the pass; soon behind it you reach the 'Edelweissspitze' where you have a great view to the northern alps
B107 19,0 68,0 1777,0 Ferleiten -
B107 13,0 81,0 1790,0 Bruck end of the 'Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse'; new direction Zell am See
B311 4,0 85,0 1794,0 Zell am See new direction Mittersill
B168 4,0 89,0 1798,0 - turn left for Kaprun, a very big hydroelectric power-station
B168 14,0 103,0 1812,0 Uttendorf -
B168 6,0 109,0 1818,0 Mittersill new direction Zell am Ziller
B165 19,0 128,0 1837,0 Neukirchen am Großvenediger -
B165 5,0 133,0 1842,0 Wald turn right for new direction Reitl/Gerlos-Pass; otherwise you must pay 'Maut' for the B165 in Krimml; but if you want to visit the famous waterfalls of Krimml you can't choose
NN 4,0 137,0 1846,0 Reitl -
NN 7,0 144,0 1853,0 Gerlos-Pass -
NN 1,0 145,0 1854,0 - you reach the B165 again; direction Zell am Ziller again
B165 26,0 171,0 1880,0 Zell am Ziller new direction Ried
B169 21,0 192,0 1901,0 Strass new direction Innsbruck
B171 10,0 202,0 1911,0 Schwaz -
B171 18,0 220,0 1929,0 Hall in Tirol -
B171 10,0 230,0 1939,0 Innsbruck new direction Sterzing using the old road over the Brenner pass
B182 11,0 241,0 1950,0 Europabruecke -
B182 11,0 252,0 1961,0 Matrei -
B182 15,0 267,0 1976,0 Brenner Pass crossing the border to Italy; direction Sterzing/Vipiteno
SS12 15,0 282,0 1991,0 Sterzing/Vipiteno -
SS12 25,0 307,0 2016,0 Franzensfeste/Fortezza new direction Bruneck/Brunico
SS49 5,0 312,0 2021,0 Muehlbach/Rio di Pusteria new direction Rodeneck/Rodengo
NN 5,0 317,0 2026,0 Rodeneck/Rodengo stayed over night

Some words about Rodeneck:

The valley of Pusteria is wonderful. I stayed several holidays for skiing and walking there. Though only a little village there are some good hotels in Rodeneck. I spent the night in the 'Gasthof Zum Loewen'.

Road No. Dist. Daily Dist. Total Dist. Location Description
- - - - - -
NN 5,0 5,0 2031,0 Muehlbach/Rio di Pusteria new direction Brixen/Bressanone
SS49 5,0 10,0 2036,0 Franzensfeste/Fortezza new direction Sterzing/Vipiteno
SS12 25,0 35,0 2061,0 Sterzing/Vipiteno new direction Meran/Merano
SS44 18,0 53,0 2079,0 Jaufenpass -
SS44 20,0 73,0 2099,0 St. Leonhard/Leonardo in Passiri turn right if you want to visit the famous Timmelsjoch
SS44 25,0 98,0 2124,0 Meran/Merano new direction Reschenpass
SS38 14,0 112,0 2138,0 Naturns/Naturno spend several holidays for walking
SS38 32,0 144,0 2170,0 Sponding/Spondinig SS38 turns left; don't go straight on
SS38 30,0 174,0 2200,0 Stilfser Joch/Passo di Stelvio one of the highest passes of the alps and the one with the most turns: 48 hairpin bends
SS38 3,0 177,0 2203,0 Umbrailpass/Passo Umbrail crossing border to Switzerland; turn right for new direction Muenstertal
NN 15,0 192,0 2218,0 Santa Maria im Muenstertal there is some gravel down the Passo Umbrail; new direction Muenster/Muestair
28 5,0 197,0 2223,0 - crossing border to Italy
SS41 5,0 202,0 2228,0 - SS41 leads straight on; turn left for new direction Mals/Malles Venosta
NN 2,0 204,0 2230,0 Mals/Malles Venosta reaching SS40; new direction Reschen/Resia
SS40 11,0 215,0 2241,0 Reschensee/Lago di Resia -
SS40 9,0 224,0 2250,0 Reschenpass/Passo di Resia -
SS40 1,0 225,0 2251,0 - crossing border to Austria; new direction Landeck
B315 4,0 229,0 2255,0 Nauders -
B315 15,0 244,0 2270,0 Kajetansbruecke follow the signs to Samnaun for duty free shopping
B315 33,0 277,0 2303,0 Landeck new direction Innsbruck
B171 19,0 296,0 2322,0 Imst new direction Nassereith/Reutte
B314 12,0 308,0 2334,0 Nassereith -
B314 10,0 318,0 2344,0 Fernpass you can see the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain
B314 9,0 327,0 2353,0 Gries -
B314 17,0 344,0 2370,0 Reutte new direction Fuessen
B314 13,0 357,0 2383,0 Ulrichsbruecke turn right direction Fuessen
NN 3,0 360,0 2386,0 - crossing border to Germany
B17 2,0 362,0 2388,0 Erlisholz still direction Fuessen
B16 2,0 364,0 2390,0 Fuessen stayed the night

Some words about Fuessen:

The most famous things near Fuessen are the two castles of king Ludwig II and his father, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. There are also the Forggensee, some mountains and behind Neuschwanstein the Marienbruecke.

I stayed the night at camping Osterreimer which you can find by following the B16 in the direction of Marktoberdorf. From its lakesite you can see Neuschwanstein.

Road No. Dist. Daily Dist. Totas Dist. Location Description
- - - - - -
B16 2,0 2,0 2392,0 Forggensee -
B16 28,0 30,0 2420,0 Marktoberdorf -
B16 3,0 33,0 2423,0 - crossing B12
B16 9,0 42,0 2432,0 Kaufbeuren -
B16 28,0 70,0 2460,0 Mindelheim -
B16 26,0 96,0 2486,0 Krumbach -
B16 22,0 118,0 2508,0 - crossing A8
B16 4,0 122,0 2512,0 Guenzburg -
B16 13,0 135,0 2525,0 - the B16 turns right in the direction of Gundelfingen; turn left for new direction Medlingen
L1167 4,0 139,0 2529,0 Obermedlingen may be you won't find the road no., because of it's lower class
L1167 2,0 141,0 2531,0 Brenz new direction Hermaringen
L1167 6,0 147,0 2537,0 Hermaringen new direction Gerschweiler
L1167 2,0 149,0 2539,0 - reaching the B492; new direction Herbrechtingen
B492 3,0 152,0 2542,0 - crossing A7
B19 4,0 156,0 2546,0 Herbrechtingen new direction Heidenheim/Aalen
B19 7,0 163,0 2553,0 Heidenheim -
B19 21,0 184,0 2574,0 Aalen -
B19 5,0 189,0 2579,0 Wasseralfingen new direction Ellwangen
B29 5,0 194,0 2584,0 Immenhofen new direction Crailsheim/Tauberbischofsheim
B290 9,0 203,0 2593,0 Ellwangen -
B290 23,0 226,0 2616,0 Crailsheim -
B290 6,0 232,0 2622,0 - crossing A6
B290 16,0 248,0 2638,0 Blaufelden -
B290 28,0 276,0 2666,0 Bad Mergentheim -
B290 8,0 284,0 2674,0 Koenigshofen -
B290 8,0 292,0 2682,0 - crossing A81
B27 2,0 294,0 2684,0 Tauberbischofsheim next direction Wertheim (straight on); B27 tunrs left
L506 3,0 297,0 2687,0 Impfingen -
L506 3,0 300,0 2690,0 Werbach -
L506 5,0 305,0 2695,0 Nicklashausen following the river Tauber
L506 2,0 307,0 2697,0 Gamburg -
L506 7,0 314,0 2704,0 Bronnbach -
L506 3,0 317,0 2707,0 Reicholzheim -
L506 6,0 323,0 2713,0 Wertheim cross river Main to Kreuzwertheim; then in the direction of Hassloch
NN 4,0 327,0 2717,0 Hassloch new direction Rohrbrunn
2316 2,0 329,0 2719,0 Barthelsmuehle -
2316 4,0 333,0 2723,0 Schollbrunn -
2316 10,0 343,0 2733,0 Rohrbrunn motorway entrance no. 64; new direction Frankfurt
A3 17,0 360,0 2750,0 - motorway exit no. 61; new direction Moembris
2307 8,0 368,0 2758,0 Schimborn -
2305 2,0 370,0 2760,0 Moembris new direction Michelbach
2305 4,0 374,0 2764,0 Niedersteinbach -
2305 5,0 379,0 2769,0 Michelbach new direction motorway A45
2305 6,0 385,0 2775,0 - motorway entrance no. 44
A45 196,0 581,0 2971,0 Luedenscheid motorway exit no. 14

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