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If you drive along the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, the highest pass of the eastern Alps, you can enjoy a majestic view of the Ötztal Alps and a masterpiece of road construction at the same time. 60 spectacular bends lead to an altitude of 2500 meters - a truly memorable experience especially for cabriolet drivers, motor bikers or mountain bikers. Fantastic vantage points, crystal-clear brooks and steep-ascending rock faces accompany you from the Ötztal valley to the Italian Tyrol. The 60 km drive from Obergurgl to the health resort of Merano only takes about 1.5 hours.
The Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road is a toll road. Toll fees and more detailed information at:
At several stopping places the traveler can admire architectural sculptures providing detailed information on the region‘s nature, history, culture, society and economy. The unique „Timmelsjoch Drive“ opens up new dimensions at the following stations:
1. „PASS MUSEUM“, Timmelsjoch
The Pass Museum stretches from the Austrian to the Italian Tirol, focusing on its cross-border character. The history of the Timmelsjoch as an Alpine pass is dating back to pre-Christian times. Images display the construction of the panoramic road. An interior „Ice Cave“ is dedicated to the pioneers and constructors of this superb high Alpine road.Free admission!
2. „GARNET“, Moos im Passeier
The rock face near South Tirol‘s Stuls offers stunning views of Moos and the rear Passeiertal valley. Two huge garnets, a natural imitation of the Passeier rock formations, host an exhibition room and a viewing platform.
3. „FOOTPATH“, Hochgurgl
Enjoy the truly breathtaking panorama at the toll road station. A superb footpath opens up new dimensions, providing information about the landscape and its peculiarities.
4. „SMUGGLER“, Timmelsbach Bridge
A walk-in cube gives an insight into the adventurous world of the smugglers on their way across Timmelsjoch pass.
5. „TELESCOPE“, Scheibkopf
The area below Scheibkopf offers a splendid 180-degree panorama of the protected Texel Nature Reserve. Thanks to a telescope you can take a closer look at scenic Granatkogel (3304 m) and Hoher First (3403 m) amid the eternal glacier ice.