Location: Provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg, Austria
Length: 26 km
Wide: 5 m standard, 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 5): 4
Highest point: 2032 m
Operating times: June – October
Landesstraße Paznauntalstraße B 188, Silvretta-Hochalpenstraße Toll Road
Route: Partenen – Galtür
The Silvretta Hochalpenstraße is one of the most beautiful and spectacular mountain roads in the Alps. Located in Austria, this amazing road extends from Partenen in the Montafon Valley to the small village of Galtür, in the upper Paznaun Valley.
With more than 400.000 visitors each year, Silvretta High Alpine Road is one of the most popular roads in the Austrian Alps. It is a favourite for driving enthusiasts and for those who love extremely dangerous motorbike routes, offering seemingly endless serpentines and steep turns, as well as breathtaking views over the many 3000 m peaks of the Alps. In addition, it’s often chosen as the playground for motor sport events or cycle races.
The Silvretta Hochalpenstraße is a private, panoramic road and you will have to pay a toll fee in order to pass. Caution is required when driving since this road was built in the vicinity of high alpine pastures where the cows are left free and can cross the road at any time. Furthermore, on the entire length of the Silvretta High Alpine Road there is a speed limit of 70 km/h.
Starting from the town of Partenen, the ascent is 26 km long with a maximum slope gradient of 12% and no less than 34 spectacular hairpins.
Set in an impressive natural environment, the Silvretta will surprize you from the beginning: as soon as you leave Partenen, you will enter into several zigzags and serpentines. Continuing uphill through an amazing forest region, you will then encounter a small flat area with a massive waterfall, only to end up again admiring the great serpentine road as it makes its way through the steep slopes and leads you to the glacier region of the notorious Piz Buin Peak.
The highest point of this superb alpine road is the Bielerhöhe Pass and the Silvretta Reservoir, with an altitude of 2,032 meters above sea level. It’s worthwhile to plan a longer break here because you will be dazzled by the fascinating turquoise waters of the Silvretta Lake, nestled in the high mountain landscape.
You can admire the idyllic panorama at the Bielerhöhe Pass from one of the several restaurants that invite you to spend more time here: Berggasthof Piz Buin, Madlenerhaus or the Silvretta-Haus, a 3 star hotel. There is also a network of well-developed hiking trails that circle the lake and you also have the opportunity of wildlife viewing, fishing and bike riding.
Finally, from Bielerhöhe the drive winds downhill towards Galtür in 30 impressive switchbacks that will give you the feeling of free fall. A popular ski resort town with 40 km of perfectly prepared slopes ranging from easy to medium difficulty, Galtür has a family-friendly ski area but also offers some challenging runs with deep snow slopes without any tracks, for ski pros.
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