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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 2474 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:


Passmuseum Timmelsjoch
Granat Timmelsjoch

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.


The “Timmelbus” operates several times a day between Obergurgl and Moos/Passeiertal, with a stop at the Top Mountain Crosspoint. Free for holders of the Ötztal Inside Summer Card and Bus Card Meran respectively.

Bus schedule


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The Top Mountain Crosspoint in the foothills of the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Pass Road hosts the road  toll station, a state-of the art Mountain Restaurant with table service and Europe‘s highest Motorcycle Museum. Additionally the multifunctional building hosts the base station of the Kirchenkar Mountain Gondola.

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Frequently asked questions about Timmelsoch Pass

The high Alpine road is only passable in the summer months, usually between the end of May and late October. The reason for the long winter break is the inclement weather condition in the high mountains with snow depths of up to 10 meters. In addition to the winter break, the toll road is also closed in summer between 8.00 pm and 7.00 am. You can find the current opening times at www.timmelsjoch.com

Cyclists can tackle the pass road during regular opening times by day. Using the road is at your own risk! However, well-functioning bicycle lights and complete cycling equipment are essential. The weather report and the route must be carefully checked already in advance. Cyclists can use the toll road free of charge on a separate passage at the toll station in Gurgl.

Special tip: A cycling tour shortly after the season opening in late May, when walls of snow up to 5 m high are still flanking the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, makes a very special experience!

2474 m high Timmelsjoch connects Ötztal (Tirol) with Passeier (South Tyrol) and separates the Ötztal Alps from the Stubai Alps. From the village of Gurgl, the last hamlet in Ötztal, the riding time to the highest point at Timmelsjoch Pass is around 30 minutes. The border between Italy and Austria runs right at the height of Timmelsjoch. Its crest is also part of the European watershed and the only passable route on the main Alpine ridge between Reschen Pass and Brenner Pass.

During opening times, the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road can be used on the Austrian side up to the top of the pass without restrictions (max. vehicle height: 4 meters). On the Italian side, special regulations apply due to the extremely steep and narrow road conditions and the bridge constructions (cars and motorcycles are allowed; mobile homes and trucks up to a total weight of 8 t, max. 2.55 m wide and max. 4 m high; buses up to max. 10 m total length and max. 8 t total weight).

The website www.timmelsjoch.com provides more details about winter closure or closing due to unforeseeable events.

The 60 km long journey from Obergurgl along the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Toll Road to the thermal town of Merano only takes about 1.5 hours - ideal for a wonderful day trip from the high mountains down to South Tyrol’s vineyards, where the climate already enchants with a bit of Mediterranean flair. Special tip: It is recommendable to plan some extra time for a visit to the Timmelsjoch Drive including 5 stations along the route, accessible free of charge.