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Motorcycle tours in the Alps of Vorarlberg

Alpine motorcycle dream on the roads between Brandnertal, Großes Walsertal, Bludenz and Klostertal

Vorarlberg, in the far west of Austria, impresses with its stunning landscapes, the high alpine and still touristy mountain passes, as well as imposing artificial lakes, raging rivers and deep ravines.

Useful hints while enjoing motorcycle trips through the alpine region of Vorarlberg

The alpine resort Bludenz with the Brandnertal and Klostertal Valleys surrounding the alpine city of Bludenz in the south of Vorarlberg is a virtually ideal base for motorcycle vacations. It is a holiday destination boasting many tours for motorcycle enthusiasts, offering spectacular views accompanied with heartfelt hospitality and culinary delicacies. Plenty of excursions along winding roads, magnificent panoramic streets such as the Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse, the Arlberg pass or Faschinajoch as well as cross-border motorcycling adventures make every biker’s heart beat faster.

Toll roads
In Vorarlberg, the A14 and S16 are toll roads. Road tax stickers are available at any border crossing, gas stations or tobacconists. The Arlberg Tunnel and Silvretta-Hochalpenstrasse are also subject to road tax. The road tax is payable at the toll booths.

Speed limits
Highways: 130 km/h, rural roads: 100 km/h, cities: according to signage

ÖAMTC
(Austrian automotive, motorcycle and touring club)
Vorarlberg – traffic / roadside assistance
For information about the road condition, please visit www.oeamtc.at or call +43 5572 23232-0.
Roadside assistance is available around the clock by dialling 120

Dealers / repair shops
Gantner Herbert, Frastanz, Phone: +43 5522 51395
Motorradcenter Oberland, Ludesch, Phone: +43 5550 5050

Motorcycle-friendly accommodations
Certain establishments have committed themselves to common quality standards and controls under the term "Friends of motorcyclists". The establishments are as different as the requirements of their customers are. A common feature is the optimal equipment and location for exciting motorcycle rides.

Emergency phone numbers
Paramedic: 141
Rescue: 144
Police: 133
Europe-wide emergency call: 112

 Motorcycling in Vorarlberg

Motorcycling in Vorarlberg

The best motorcycle tours on the roads of alpine Vorarlberg

Vorarlberg loop tour

Place of departure: Bludenz
Country & Region: Austria / Vorarlberg
Length: about 163 km
Duration: about 3 - 3,5 h
Difficulty: Easy
Best time to travel: mid-May to late October

Characteristics: The tour takes you through various valleys of Vorarlberg. Ride on a narrow winding alpine road through Grosses Walsertal Valley to Damüls. From there, proceed downhill through Bregenzerwald Forest making a number of turns and follow the renowned Käsestrasse to Dornbirn. Traversing the Rhine Valley to Rankweil and the Laternsertal Valley takes you back to Damüls. Return to Bludenz on the opposite side of Gr. Walsertal Valley.

Attention: seasonal road closures are possible between Rankweil and Damüls
(L51 via Laterns). A detour is available from Rankweil via Übersaxen
- Dünserberg - Thüringerberg - Bludenz.

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Vorarlberg loop tour

Vorarlberg loop tour

Four countries tour (Alpine passes tour)

Place of departure: Bludenz
Country & Region: Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy
Lenght: about 322 km
Duration: about 6 - 7 h
Diffi culty: hard
Best time to travel: late May to mid-October

Characteristics
: This tour takes you from Bludenz to Liechtenstein and Switzerland, past Lake Davos, across the Flüela pass to Italy. The alpine route, in part at an altitude of above 2000 m above sea level is extremely popular for its high-alpine character. It leads across the Ofen pass through Vintschgau (Italy) past Lake Reschensee, across Reschen pass to Landeck and back to Bludenz across the Arlberg pass. Note about the route A shortcut is available in Susch via road 27 in direction of Scuol / Nauders (approx.50 km). You will pass by the castle of Tarasp before arriving in Scuol.

Attention: seasonal road closures are possible on the mountain passes (Flüela, Ofen, Reschen and Arlberg pass)!

Please don’t forget to bring your passport!

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Four countries tour (Alpine passes tour)

Four countries tour (Alpine passes tour)

Silvretta tour

Place of departure: Bludenz
Country & Region: Austria / Vorarlberg, Tirol
Length: about 150 km
Duration: about. 2,5 - 3 h
Difficulty: average
Best time to travel: end of May to mid-October

Characteristics: The Silvretta tour takes you on a winding road from Bludenz through Montafon Valley to Bielerhöhe (toll road!). From there, the downhill path leads across Pazneuntal Valley toward Landeck, past the villages of Galtür, Ischgl and Kappl/See. A stop at the Alpinarium in Galtür is recommended. It is a combination of protective barrier and exhibition hall (avalanche accident in 1999). Return to Bludenz from Pians by following the S 16 or L 97 and B 197 respectively across Arlberg pass and through Klostertal Valley.

Attention: seasonal road closures are possible on the mountain passes (Silvretta-Hochalpenstrasse and Arlberg pass)!

Toll road: Silvretta-Hochalpenstrasse

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Silvretta tour

Silvretta tour

Arlberg tour / Bludenz loop

Place of departure: Bludenz
Country & Region: Vorarlberg
Length: about 322 km
Duration: about 6 - 7 h
Difficulty: easy
Best time to travel: beginning of May to mid-October

Characteristics:
The Arlberg tour takes you along the B 190 / L 97 parallel to the S 16 toward Arlberg. A winding road via Langen and Stuben leads to the intersection toward Zürs-Lech (high-class ski resort!). Stop for a coffee break in Lech. Reach Grosses Walsertal Valley on a winding road past Warth, Au and Damüls through Bregenzerwald Forest. The road continues further into the Brandnertal Valley to the Lünersee cable car past the idyllic villages of the GW Valley. Hint: take the Lünersee cable car to Lake Lünersee and stop at Douglass Lodge located directly next to the mountain station.

Attention: the path between Lech-Warth is closed during the winter months and in heavy snow conditions. The Lünersee road between Brand and Lünersee cable car is closed until the season of the Lünersee cable car starts.

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Arlberg tour/Bludenz loop

Arlberg tour/Bludenz loop

Lake Constance loop

Place of departure: Bludenz
Country & Region: Austria/Vorarlberg, Germany, Switzerland
Length: about 259 km
Duration: about 4 - 5 h
Difficulty: easy
Best time to travel: beginning of May to end of October

Characteristics: This loop takes you from Bludenz on the A 14 or B 190 toward Bregenz and into Germany. After exiting the highway at Sigmarszell, follow the B31 toward Friedrichshafen. The majority of the path follows along Lake Constance via Überlingen, Radolfzell to Constance. From there, make a brief stop at the Island of Mainau. It is renowned for its magnifi cent fl ower exhibits and butterfly culture. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the island.
Return to Austria on the Swiss side of the lake via route 13/7 and to Bludenz via A14 or B 190.

Attention: passport is required!

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Lake Constance loop

Lake Constance loop

Large alpine passes tour

Place of departure: Bludenz
Country & Region: Vorarlberg, Tirol, Italy, Switzerland
Length: about 429 km
Duration: about 8 - 9 h
Difficulty: very hard
Best time to travel: end of May to beginnig of October

Characteristics: This tour takes you from Bludenz along the S 16 in the direction of Arlberg/Tyrol to Landeck and Italy via Reschen pass. Pass Lake Reschensee in Prato allo Stelvio and turn toward the Stilfserjoch mountain, the second highest alpine pass of the Alps. Follow the winding road to the highest point of the pass at 2’757 m above sea level. Reach San Rocco via Bormio and the Foscagno pass (2’291 m above sea level). From there, cross the next mountain pass, the Forcola di Livigno to arrive in Switzerland. This mountain pass branches off into the southern  ramp of the Bernina pass, leading to St. Moritz and Chur via Julier pass (2’284 m above sea level) past Savognin and Lenzerheide. From Chur, take Highway A 13 (to save time) toward Liechtenstein. Cross the border in Feldkirch-Tisis and return to Bludenz via A 14 or B 190.

Attention: road closure during the winter months and in heavy snow conditions, mainly applicable to the mountain passes Reschen pass, Stilfser Joch, Foscagno pass, Bernina pass. Please don’t forget to bring your passport!

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Large alpine passes tour

Large alpine passes tour

Allgäu tour

Place of departure: Bludenz
Country & Region: Vorarlberg, Tirol, Germany
Length: about 245 km
Duration: about 4,5 - 5,5 h
Difficulty: average
Best time to travel: mid-May to mid-October

Characteristics: From Bludenz, take the B 190 or L 97 via Stuben and Flexen pass to Zürs/Lech and Warth. Cross into Germany by passing the Lechtal Valley via Steeg and Elbigenalp and Ausserfern in Tyrol. You will cross the Oberallgäu district in Bavaria between Schattwald and Balderschwang and return to Vorarlberg via Riedberg pass (1‘407m above sea level). The tour takes you back to Bludenz across the Bregenzerwald Forest toward Mellau/Au and via Damüls through Grosses Walsertal Valley.

Attention: the road between Lech and Warth is closed during the winter months.

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Allgäu tour

Allgäu tour

Säntis tour

Place of departure: Bludenz
Country & Region: Vorarlberg, Switzerland
Length: about 141,5 km
Duration: about 2,5 - 3 h
Difficulty: average
Best time to travel: beginning of May to end of October

Characteristics: From Bludenz, this tour takes you along the B 190 or A 14 toward Feldkirch. Cross the border into Liechtenstein/Switzerland in Feldkirch-Tisis and continue along route 16 into the Toggenburg Valley. In Nesslau-Krummenau, the road follows a minor incline to Schwägalp. Hint: take the cable car to the Säntis mountain for a panoramic view of the Swiss mountainscape. Return through the Canton of Appenzell. Cross the border into Austria in Oberriet/Meiningen and return to Bludenz by taking the Rhine Valley Highway A 14 or the B 190.

Attention: passport is required!

Special features: Stop at Schwägalp and take the cable car to the Säntis mountain for a breathtaking view of the greater Appenzell area.

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Säntis tour

Säntis tour