Crossing the border to Italy, this serpentine ride across the summit of 2,509-meter Timmelsjoch Col snakes from Tirol’s Ötztal Valley to Italy’s South Tyrol. As you would expect, this scenic and less travelled byway above treeline affords sweeping views.
Austria’s highest international border happens also to be one of the country’s highest paved roads. The spectacular serpentine drive reaches the summit of 2,509-meter Timmelsjoch Col and welcomes motorcycle riders, leisure drivers and all others hungry for a taste of Tirol’s history and scenic beauty. The best way to "meet" Tirol is to get off its highways and onto this byway, linking north and south. Crossing the border to Italy, the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road is a route of incredible drama and takes in Ötztal Valley’s mighty glaciers, the vineyards of Passeier Valley in South Tyrol and the charming Italian small town of Merano. The drive passes through sceneries that are staggering in its beauty and surprising in its remoteness. The toll road climbs through the dazzling and jagged Ötztal Alps before descending south to some of South Tirol’s most colourful scenery. Along the road, architectural sculptures reveal details about the area’s nature, history, culture, economy and society. A worthwhile stop along this scenic drive is Europe’s highest motorcycle museum. It is located at the toll booth in Hochgurgl and boasts 230 exhibits from 100 different manufacturers.