For those that count their engine size in CCs or crave the rush of wind on your face, consider the Schlegeis Alpine Road at Upper Zillertal Valley, where nothing separates you from the outdoors. Featuring a wide variety of rugged Alpine scenery, this scenic drive is a favourite with motorcyclists, cyclists and nature lovers.
The 13-kilometer route begins at the mountaineering resort of Ginzling, at an elevation of 1,000 meters above sea level. The drive winds up the mountain in eight switchbacks and through four natural rock tunnels with viewpoints along the road before it approaches the Schlegeis Reservoir at an elevation of 1,800 meters. Up there, uninterrupted panoramic views of Schlegeis Reservoir and the glistening glaciers of Zillertal Alps "Three-Thousanders", high altitude peaks averaging 3,000 meters in elevation, await. Take a walk along the 725-meter long and 131-meter high Schlegeis Dam or explore the interior of the dam on a guided tour. Between June and October the company which operates the hydroelectric plant at the foot of the dam wall offers guided tours where visitors can learn about the complex measurement and control systems needed for such a feat of engineering.