STORY BOOK TOUR TO GERLOS This tour across six passes is packed with scenic and historic-cultural highlights. Gems, churches, little towns and museums but also impressive forces of nature like the highest waterfalls in Europe are en route. The Gerlos Alpine Road is the crown. 42 Event tip: Every year in the month of June, the biggest Triumph tridays in the world take place in Neukirchen. www.tridays.com This tour starts directly at the Grossglockner High Alpine Road: We have used the option and have spent the night at the highest point 1 – the Edelweiss-Spitze. In a small house just for us. And we rolled down the Grossglockner High Alpine Road after a magnificent sunrise and a hearty breakfast and through the Fusch valley towards Bruck a.d. Grossglocknerstrasse. There we turned left, followed the widely curved path of federal road 168 through the Pinzgau Salzach valley and took the course towards the Thurn pass in Mittersill 2 up into Tyrol. The 1,274 high pass sounds anything but spectacular yet the route should not be underestimated. A group of bends behind Mittersill is followed by several quick kilometres, on which one can easily speed up. Again a handful of turns and then the summit appears. The descent to Kitzbühel has two special features – turns that can be passed through rapidly and the view of Kitzbühel and the Kitzbüheler Horn with their typical radio antenna. We travel further to the baroque towns St. Johann in Tirol 3 , in order to take a big loop towards East and back to the province of Salzburg. There are Fieberbrunn, Griessen pass, Saalfelden, Luftenstein pass, Lofer and Strub pass together with a never-ending serpentine route.
GERLOS ALPINE ROAD TOUR 2 THE PURE FEAST FOR EYES Back in St. Johann we steer towards the junction to Wörgl. The Hahnenkamm mountain lift remains on the left side as we are going further in the Brixen valley 4 . The following three kilometres are a pure feast for the eyes: The road smoothly curves through the valley floor and allows extensive views of green mountain slides, idyllic villages and grazing cows. A narrow secret path brings us from Hopfgarten along the left side of the slope across Niederau towards Wörgl. The following stage through the Inn valley is also a visual treat. The B 171 is rather low-key in the matters of turns; the panoramic views attract all the more attention, which open on the left side of the Kitzbühel Alps and on the Rofan mountains on the right. Just before Brixlegg there is an option to cross the Inn and travel to Kramsach. The local “Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe” (Museum of Tyrolean Farms) is an experience for not just the lovers of the old walling. One should definitely not miss the opportunity to visit Rattenberg, the smallest town in Austria. At the entrance of the pedestrian zone there is a big parking area and one can easily take a round tour through this fascinating, medieval town. Skilfully designed route: The turn at “Schönmoos”. 43