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- 50 alpine passes for motorcyclists Curve carousel instead of traffic jams
- On small roads in the Alps
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Col des Aravis in France: 1,486 meters. Well developed, scenic.
Col de l’Arpettaz in France: 1,581 meters. (As access to the Col des Aravis)
Col de la Croix Fry in France: 1,467 meters.
Col des Saisies in France: 1,650 meters. Great panorama, but not a summit experience.
Col de la Colombière in France: 1,613 meters.
Col de la Colombière in France: 1,504 meters. With good visibility a magnificent view of Mont Blanc.
Col du Chaussy in France: 1,532 meters. Intoxicating valley views before reaching the unspectacular top of the pass.
Colle dell’Agnello / Col d’Agnel in France: 2,746 meters. Dream road between the Varaita valley (I) and the Haut-Dauphine (F).
Schallenberg in Switzerland: 1,167 meters. The finest curves on fine asphalt.
Jaunpass in Switzerland: 1,509 meters. Enjoyable curves through moorland and the Almland.
Route Les Agites in Switzerland: 1,525 meters. The military road is only open on weekends.
Pragel Pass in Switzerland: 1,550 meters. Closed on weekends, parallel road to Klausenpass.
acherli Pass in Switzerland: 1,458 meters. Now paved throughout.
Glaubbergpass (1,543 meters) and Glaubbuelenpass, also Glaubbielenpass (1,611 meters) in Switzerland: two pass roads running parallel to each other.
Glass pass in Switzerland: 1,846 meters. Fine curves, great asphalt, pure driving pleasure.
Ibergeregg in Switzerland: 1,406 meters. Elegant turns through meadows and forests from Schwyz to Oberiberg.
Schwagalp Pass in Switzerland: 1,278 meters. Well-developed road between Santis and Hochalp through a Swiss idyll.
Col du Lein in Switzerland: 1,623 meters. Great for winding around the Martigny metropolitan area. With short unpaved sections.
Col de la Croix de Coeur in Switzerland: 2,174 meters. Can be combined well as a round trip with the Col du Lein. With short unpaved sections.
Paulitschsattel in Austria: 1,338 meters. Leads wildly and romantic east to Solcava in Slovenia.
Hochobir panorama road in Austria: 1,533 meters. Runs parallel to the Schaidasattel state road, which you come across again.
Solk Pass in Austria: 1,788 meters. Little touristic parallel route to the great Tauern passes.
Stoderzinken in Austria: 1,825 meters. Private spur road, now subject to toll.
Hochrindl in Austria: 1,600 meters. Almpass with beautiful high alpine pastures, refreshment stops and asphalted.
Schonfeldsattel in Austria: 1,740 meters. Parallel route to Katschbergpass, practically no through traffic.
Gaberl in Austria: 1,547 meters. Scenically varied route, pure driving pleasure on a good surface.
Klippitztorl in Austria: 1,644 meters. The route is in good shape and leads over the Saualpe with great views.
Colle del Nivolet in Italy: 2,612 meters. One of the most beguiling spur roads in the Alps still belongs to the Aosta Valley region.
Silzer Sattel in Austria: 1,685 meters. Alternative access to the west ramp of the Kuhtaisattel.
Kaiserjagersteig in Italy: 1,281 meters. 10 kilometers narrow and steep uphill, with tunnels, hairpin bends, spiral tunnels and galleries.
Passo, 12, 13, Sant Ubaldo, also Passo San Boldo, (Italy): 706 meters.
Passo Rest / Forcella di Monte Rest in Italy: 1,052 meters. The driving fun pass, little view, only curves.
Passo del Pura in Italy: 1,428 meters.
Sella di Rioda in Italy: 1,800 meters.
Panoramica delle Vette in Italy: 1,967 meters. Not a pass, but a panoramic road that describes a U.
Wurzjoch in Italy: 2,004 meters. Partly very narrow pass road. Less known than the “big” Dolomite passes, in August it is still very crowded here.
Niger Pass in Italy: 1,688 meters.
Valico di Valbona (1,782 meters) and Passo Coe (1,610 meters) in Italy. From the east, the route leads over ever narrowing roads over the two passes over to Arsiero, including the Bocchetta degli Alpini, 1,496 m.
Passo Pian delle Fugazze in Italy: 1,159 meters. The highlight here is the gorge, the rock faces of which the route meanders along.
Passo San Marco in Italy: 1,985 meters. Well-developed, promising road, little traffic.
Colle Sampeyre in Italy: 2,284 meters.
Mangart in Slovenia: 2,055 meters. Branches from the Predilpass (1,156 m); meanwhile an asphalt toll road, but with great views.
Sedlopass in Slovenia: 1,286 meters. Remote route that is still sometimes referred to as the Wocheiner Sattel.
50 alpine passes for motorcyclists
50 alpine passes for motorcyclists
Curve carousel instead of traffic jams
The Alps are THE travel destination for motorcyclists. We suggest some lesser-known alpine passes so that the next tour is not only high and wild but also with little traffic.
“Find a famous mountain and climb the summit next to it.” This mountaineering motto is not entirely wrong for us motorcyclists either. The specific entry requirements for our selection of Alpine passes: Pass height at least 1,000 meters above sea level, alternatively a route that is as adventurous as possible, but not a big name. So Grimsel, Sella and Stilfserjoch do not appear here, I promise.
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Col des Aravis, 1,486 m high Savoy, connects Flumet and Saint-Jean-de-Sixt. Well developed, but scenic, especially the access via the Col de l’Arpettaz, 1,581 m, also easy to combine with the Col de la Croix Fry, 1,467 m.
Col des Saisies, 1,650 m. North of Albertville, east of Ugine. The branch route offers great panoramas, smooth curve tango, but no summit experience.
Col de la Colombière, 1,613 m, Upper Savoy, between Cluses in the Arve Valley and Le Grand-Bornand in the neighboring Borne Valley.
Col du Grand Colombière, 1,501 m, between Lochieu and Culoz, with a magnificent view of the Alps. An absolute must with a clear view, the more cloudy, the less spectacular. Always sensational: the descent from the north to Culoz, because of the view and the road cut into the rock.
Col du Mont du Chat, 1,504 m west of Lac d’Annecy; It goes up from Le Bourget-du-Lac through the forest; There is a small restoration at the top of the pass – and with good visibility a magnificent view of Mont Blanc.
Col du Chaussy, 1,532 m, from Pontamafrey in the Arc Valley east of Albertville you get to Montaimont via the Lacets de Montvernier, a narrow serpentine and tunnel staircase, and finally to the southern driveway of the Col de la Madeleine. Intoxicating valley views before reaching the unspectacular top of the pass.
Colle dell’Agnello / Col d’Agnel, 2,746 m, the highest of the continuous, lesser-known passes. Dream road between the Italian Varaita valley and the French Haut-Dauphine.
Schallenberg, 1,167 m between Thun and Entlebuch. The finest curves on equally fine asphalt and the proximity to the Bern metropolitan area ensure that the motorbike meeting point at the resto on the top of the pass is busy. A detour via Bleiken heading east – west brings great views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau when the weather is clear.
Jaunpass, 1,509 m between the Simmental and the Gruyère region of Friborg; Enjoyable curves through the moor landscape and the Almland, in whose dairies the cheese of the same name is made.
Route Les Agites, 1,525 m. The military road, which is only open on weekends, branches off from the Col des Mosses and offers numerous bridges as well as spectacular views of Lake Geneva.
Pragel Pass, 1,550 m. Closed on weekends, parallel road to the Klausen Pass, which is mostly single-lane and is not shown on many maps. The landscape is very attractive and has little traffic.
acherli Pass, 1,458 m. South of Lucerne, between the villages of Kerns, Obwalden and Dallenwil, Nidwalden. Now paved throughout, the narrow pass offers unexpected views of Rigi and Titlis as well as Lake Lucerne.
Faith Mountain Pass, 1,543 m, and Glaubbuelenpass, also Glaubbielenpass, 1,611 m, are two parallel pass roads in Entlebuch between Lake Sarnen and Lake Thun south of the Emmental.
Glass pass, 1,846 m. The finest curves, great asphalt, pure driving pleasure. Shortly before the top of the pass is the “Berggasthaus Beverin”, simple rooms, good food and a quiet night on this cul-de-sac.
Ibergeregg, 1,406 m. Runs below the tree line in elegant turns through meadows and forests from Schwyz to Oberiberg and on to the Sihlsee.
Schwagalp Pass, 1,278 m. Between Hundwil near Sankt Gallen and Nesslau on cantonal road 16, the well-developed road between Santis and Hochalp meanders through Swiss idyll.
Col du Lein, 1,623 m. Vallis, near Martigny; goes from the Rhone Valley to the pass road of the Great St. Bernhard, with great panoramas and very winding roads around the Martigny agglomeration. Good to combine as a round tour with the …
Col de la Croix de Coeur, 2,174 m, between Verbier and Ridden in the Rhone Valley. Short unpaved sections on both passes should not be a problem.
Paulitschsattel, 1,338 m, branches off the Seebergsattelstrabe south of Eisenkappel / Vellach and leads in a wild and romantic direction east to Solcava in Slovenia; Exactly opposite goes off …
Hochobir panoramic road, 1,533 m, Austria, from Eisenkappel to the west, ending at the Eisenkappeler hut. Runs parallel to the Schaidasattel state road, which you come across a little east of the Schaidasattel.
Solkpass, 1,788 m; Lower Austria / Styria, little touristic parallel route to the great Tauern passes.
Stoderzinken, 1,825 m. A private cul-de-sac starting in Grobming, now subject to a toll, but with rewarding panoramas.
Hochrindl, 1,600 m. An alpine pass with beautiful high alpine pastures, refreshment stops, paved, in the Carinthian Nockberge between Reichenau and the Gurktal.
Schonfeldsattel, 1,740 m. Parallel route to the Katschbergpass through the Schonfeldalmen, therefore practically no through traffic. Very attractive landscape, also as a route to the Nockalmstrasse.
Gaberl, 1,547 m, Styria, between Koflach and Weibkirchen in Styria, a route with a varied landscape, pure driving pleasure on a good surface; alternatively: the ascent from Maria Lankowitz via the “Alte Almhaus” to the Gaberl.
Silzer saddle, 1,685 m, Tyrol, from Haiming im Inntal as a great alternative access to the western ramp of the Kuhtaisattel.
Klippitztorl, 1,644 m, Carinthia. The route, which is in good shape thanks to the small skiing and hiking area, leads with great views over the Saualpe between Mosel and the Lavanttal.
Colle del Nivolet, 2,612 m, Piedmont; one of the most beguiling spur roads in the Alps, see lead picture. It still belongs to the Aosta Valley region, starts at Pont-Canavese – the panorama is worth every meter of the journey. Belongs to the highest points in the Alps that can be approached on asphalt.
Kaiserjagersteig, 1,281 m Start in Levico Therme heading south, ten kilometers narrow and steeply uphill, with tunnels, hairpin bends, spiral tunnels and galleries up to the “Auberge Monte Rovere”. Was created by the Austrian military.
Passo, 12, 13, Sant Ubaldo, also: Passo San Boldo, 706 m, between Trichiana and Tovena south of Belluno.
Passo Rest / Forcella di Monte Rest, 1,052 m. The driving fun pass, little view, only curves. Runs from Ampezzo (without Cortina!) South to Meduno; Interesting is a round trip that includes the route across the Sella di Chianzutan, which starts parallel to the south of Tolmezzo. To the west of Ampezzo you can continue your journey via the …
Passo del Pura at, 1,428 m, past the Lago di Sauris; to get further into Cadore and the Carnic Alps and also the …
Sella di Rioda, 1,800 m to take under the wheels. While place cards are handed out at the great Dolomite passes, one is amazed at the empty streets.
Panoramica delle Vette, 1,967 m in Friuli, near Sappada. Not a pass, but a panoramic road that describes a U. The start can be in Comeglians, then you come back down to Ravascletto. In the upper area, completely without asphalt, it is very easy to drive on, at least in dry conditions, even with street motorcycles. An outstanding high mountain experience, not just for the intrepid.
Wurzjoch, 2,004 m. The pass road, which is very narrow in places, is driven from Brixen or better from Klausen, but is still not nearly as well known as the “large” Dolomite passes. Nevertheless, it gets very crowded here in August. Both also apply to the …
Niger Pass, 1,688 m. The route leads from Blumau near Bozen, past the Rosengarten group to the top of the famous Karer Pass.
Valico di Valbona, 1,782 m, and Passo Coe, 1,610 m. Coming from Rovereto or Folgaria towards the east, the route leads over ever narrowing roads over the two passes to Arsiero, and here also the Bocchetta degli Alpini, 1,496 m, is taken. Back to Rovereto, the route via Schio and Recoaro Terme is ideal. She then crosses the …
Passo Pian delle Fugazze, 1,159 m, which as a pass itself is not the highlight of the route. Rather, it is the almost endless gorge, along the rock faces of which the route winds its way.
Passo San Marco, 1,985 m from north to south traversing the Bergamasque Alps – north of Bergamo, east of Lake Como – between Morbegno and Olmo al Brembo. The well-developed, promising road has little traffic as it lies between all the main routes.
Colle Sampeyre, 2,284 m, Piedmont; exciting, paved crossing of the Varaita-Maira-Kammstrabe between the villages of Sampeyre and Stroppo. Easily accessible from here: the lookout point just below this paragraph on this double page.
Colle dei Morti, 2,480 m. From Marmora to the south over the Colle d’Esischie (2,370 m, also great, but almost bycatch here). Bare, narrow, but in terms of panorama technology far ahead and as an asphalted alternative to the Maira-Stura-Kammstrabe also an experience for asphalt tourers, for tunnel knights as a journey there.
Mangart, 2,055 m. Branches off the Predilpass (1,156 m); meanwhile an asphalt toll road, but with great views. And together with the Vrsic (1,611 m) probably the most famous of the unknown high points, despite a dead end.
Sedlopass, 1,286 m. South of Bled between Bohinjska Bistrica and Podbrdo runs the secluded route, which is sometimes called the Wocheiner Sattel.
On small roads in the Alps
Small, lonely, little-known pass roads offer special mountain experiences, but can also hold unexpected risks. Solo travelers should bear in mind that on these routes help with problems of any kind may be a long time coming. There is not an opportunity to stop off at every pass. Because if hikers and cyclists cannot be catered for at the same time, a hut is often hardly worthwhile.
Weather changes are a constant theme in the Alps. Weather apps on smartphones are helpful, but network coverage is sometimes weak on lonely passes. If you check the rain radar if possible and have at least a rain cover with you, you will be fine. Basically: In a thunderstorm, get off the pass!
Driving bans must be strictly observed in your own interest. In Italy, for example, the machine can be confiscated if you disregard signs that are not allowed to drive, under which there is a white additional sign with legal number and date.
Books about alpine routes are a dime a dozen. Two titles are mentioned here as representative: The Alpine Riders’ Bible is still “Denzel”, now in issue number 26. The volume“100 Alpine passes by motorcycle away from the hustle and bustle” by Heinz E. Studt, published by Bruckmann Verlag, describes a number of the passports mentioned and a few more.
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