Ötztaler Gletscherstrasse: motorcycle tour through the Austrian glaciers

The Otzal Road: by motorbike on the second highest road in Europe between the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers in Austria.

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The Otzal road is a wonderful motorbike route and connects the ski resort of Sölden to the two glaciers of Rettenbach and Tiefenbach.

The Ötztaler Gletscherstrasse route is divided into two parts: the first, from Sölden to Rettenbach, the second, from the Rettenbach glacier to the Tiefenbach glacier, which is almost entirely covered through the Rosi Mitter Meier tunnel.

Altitude (meters above sea level) 2.820 m
Length 16 Km
connection Sölden - Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers
Toll Si
What to see in the surroundings Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers
Typical dishes of the area cheese dumplings, Tiroler Gröstl, typical Tyrolean dishes
Winter closure open only in the summer months
Road conditions and notes Very good condition

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The Ötztaler Gletscherstrasse was built in 1972 and its name translated from German means "Ötztal Glacier Road". It is the second highest asphalted road in Europe, second only to the Pico del Veleta in Spain which reaches the beauty of 3.367 m. The road was also the scene of the arrival of the fifth stage of the 79th lap of Switzerland.


Starting from the ski resort of Sölden, we take road 186, which is our Ötztaler Gletscherstrasse, and follow it for about 13 kilometers to the first stage, the Rettenbach glacier. From here we have another three kilometers to get to the second glacier and most of them will be inside the Rosi Mitter Meier tunnel which, with its 1.800 meters in length, represents the highest tunnel open to vehicular traffic in Europe. The two glaciers are equipped with ski lifts and in the area we also find restaurants where we can refresh ourselves.