3 magische Pässe rund um das Hotel Weisseespitze

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3 magische Pässe rund um das Hotel Weisseespitze

Kaunertaler Gletscherstrasse 1 - Foto Heinz Studt_Bearbeitet.jpg
Kaunertaler Gletscherstrasse 2 - Foto Heinz Studt_Bearbeitet.jpg

Kaunertal Glacier Road

Our partner hotel Hotel Weisseespitze is almost within sight of the Kaunertal Glacier Road, one of the most beautiful panoramic roads in Tyrol. Our tip: treat yourself to the piste on a glorious day with real Kaiser weather, have your boss Charly Hafele and his breakfast crew pack you a picnic and enjoy every meter of this actually far too short ride.

After passing the picturesque Gepatsch reservoir, we are greeted by the perfectly asphalted panoramic road with 29 bends and hairpin bends up into high alpine terrain. Although the local winter sports area on the Kaunertal Glacier is closed in summer, it is still worth continuing to the end of the cul-de-sac. A breathtaking high alpine panorama awaits us, peppered with memorable rest and picnic spots.

DATA AND ROUTE
Length: 26 km
Highest point: 2,750 m
Difficulty: Easy
Toll: Yes
Winter closure: No

From the Hotel Weisseespitze to the highest point:


Kurviger Route ›››››

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Piller Höhe

If you want to "warm up" for the high alpine terrain of the glacier road, we recommend the pleasurable winding road over the Pillerhöhe, which is located just north of the Hotel Weisseespitze and is the perfect alternative route to the B180 in the Inntal valley. Yes, we can also warmly recommend the Pillerhöhe as a winding and panoramic route to the Hotel Weisseespitze.

The Pillerhöhe, also known as the Pillersattel, has probably been used by our ancestors as an alpine sacrificial site since the Bronze Age. At an altitude that today not only offers us a wonderful curve dance including 12 genuine hairpin bends. At the bay known as the "Gacher Blick" near the top of the pass, we can also enjoy what is probably the most beautiful view of the Inn Valley lying deep below us. If you are not afraid of heights, you should do this from the magnificent viewing platform. 

DATA AND ROUTE
Length: 15 km
Highest point: 1,559 m
Difficulty: easy to medium
Toll: No
Winter closure: No

From the Hotel Weisseespitze to the highest point:


Kurviger Route ›››››

Stilfser Joch 1 - Foto Heinz Studt_Bearbeitet.jpg
Stilfser Joch 2 - Foto Heinz Studt_Bearbeitet.jpg

Stelvio Pass

Well, and at least once in our biking lives we should tackle the famous Stelvio Pass, the must-do destination on everyone's bucket list. The Stelvio Pass can be reached from the hotel in a perfect day trip. With a pit stop at Lake Reschen and downhill bends through the idyllic Vinschgau Valley. And as "custom" demands, we then conquer the Stelvio Pass via its north-east ramp.

The Passo dello Stelvio is the second highest asphalted road pass in the Alps after the Col de l'Iseran (2,764 m) and is a real challenge, especially along its north-east ramp. The road, which was resurfaced a few years ago, awaits us with 48 clearly numbered and often tight bends that require a good deal of alpine experience in the saddle of a moped. All the more so as we will hardly ever have the route to ourselves. Our tip for Stelvio newcomers: Turn right in Mals at the end of the Reschenpass south ramp into Val Müstair and conquer the Stelvio Pass via the Umbrail Pass. This is easier and has significantly less oncoming traffic.

DATA AND ROUTE
Length: 40 km (Bormio) / 35 km (Val Müstair)
Highest point: 2,757 m
Difficulty: demanding
Toll: No
Winter closure: November to May

From the Hotel Weisseespitze to the highest point:
Kurviger Route ›››››

Text: Heinz Studt
Photos: Heinz Studt, Peter Wahl