Grossglockner high alpine road
Nestled in the Alps the Grossglockner is the highest paved road in Europe and one of the most scenic drives in the country. It’s the motorway of mountain passes – armed with wide, sweeping hairpins and excellent visibility looking out over snow covered mountains, cascading waterfalls and glaciers.

There are countless opportunities to stop and take in the beauty of the area, one of our favourites is the Pasterze Glacier, at a whopping 8.4 km in length it’s the longest glacier in Austria. The view from the visitors centre here is breathtaking and well worth a stop!

The Edelweissspitze (bikers point) is another beautiful viewpoint and with a series of super tight cobbled harpins to the top, you’re sure to have some fun getting up there!

The Grossglockner is about €25 so don’t get caught out by the toll. Many of the local hotels have offers that cover several passes so it’s worth checking depending where you stay. The road shuts at 6pm and you also get a sticker!

Magellan Tip

Late afternoon is probably the best time of day to ride, as all of the coaches have gone home and it’s just the sports cars and bikes left up there to play.

Eisriesenwelt

Located high above the village of Werfen is the world’s largest ice cave – The Eisriesenwelt. With a length extending more than 42 km this icy labyrinth of crystal clear caves is epically beautiful, looking as though someone has hand sculpted every detail.
The cave is open from May through to October and entry costs €24. The tour lasts about 70 minutes and is available in English and German. Something to keep in mind is there’s a fair bit of walking and climbing involved, not only inside the cave where there are 1400 steps, but from the visitors centre too where it’s a 20 minute walk to the cable cars. Once on a car it’s 3 minutes to the top, then it’s a further 20 minutes to the entrance of the ice cave. The temperatures inside the cave are below freezing, even in the summer with all of the climbing you will still need to wrap up warm!!

Salzburg is only 25 mins away, which makes it great for combing the cave and an afternoon in the city.

Magellan Tip

Visit before 10am or after 2pm, the middle section of the day can get busy. Opening times are 8.30 – 3pm in May, June, September and October. 8.30 – 4pm in July and August.

Timmelsjoch high alpine road

Creating a link between Austria and Italy the Timmelsjoch, standing at 8,231 ft above sea level winds its way through snow spattered mountains, clear babbling brooks and lush valleys on a series of exciting climbs and tight hairpins. The views this mountain pass provide are some of the best anywhere, especially if you get on it in the morning to see the mist lifting over the Otztal Alps in the sunlight. Along the pass are many exhibitions and monuments to stop at to learn the history of this road as a secret smugglers trail.

The road is open from June until the middle of October depending on the snow conditions. The opening times are from 7am – 8pm, again like the Grossglockner it is a toll road. For motorcycles the cost is €14 one way and €19 return.

Magellan Tip

The Rasthaus summit tavern is a Magellan favourite to take a break on the sun terrace and enjoy a hot chocolate!

Europe’s highest motorcycle museum

On the Timmelsjoch mountain pass sits an unlikely bikers haven in the shape of the Crosspoint Motorcycle Museum. Only opened in 2016 the museum is home to over 170 classic bikes from nearly 70 manufacturers including Motoguzzi, Ducati, BMW, Honda and Harley Davidson. The museum also houses some classic cars such as the Ferrari California Spider, Porsche 959 and Lotus 23 B.

There is a restaurant here offering up Austrian and Italian delicacies, it’s the perfect place to stop for coffee surrounded by the panoramic view of the mountains. The opening times for the winter from the end of November to the middle of April are 9am – 5pm. Summer hours from May to October are 9am – 7pm. Tickets are €10.

Magellan Tip

The museum is located at the toll station, so make sure you get your Timmelsjoch passes here.

Walchsee (Lunch stop with lake view)

Sat in the foothills of the beautiful Kaiser mountain range is the municipal town of Walchsee. The lake (going by the same name) is the fourth largest natural waterbody in the state and is a hotbed for summer activities such as sailing, water skiing and swimming in the sun warmed water.

We stop here at the Bellevue am Walchsee on the way to Hinterglemm on many of our trips. It’s the perfect place to enjoy lunch overlooking the lake.

Magellan Tip

Take your swimsuit, as the average temperature of the water is 24 degrees, it’s perfect for a little afternoon dip to cool down from riding!

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