Start / Finnish: Partnen / Galtur
Total Distance: 22,3 kilometers
Highest point: 2036 m
Open end-to-end: June-November
Road condition: paved, good.
Located in the Silvretta Alps, a mountain range of the Central Eastern Alps, the road is 22.3 km long and runs from Partenen in the Montafon through a total of 34 bends to the 2,032 m-high Bielerhöhe (toll road) as far as Galtür in the Paznauntal.
The first path from Partenen to the lake Vermunt was built in 1925. Five years later the dam was finished, so the trail wasn't necessary anymore. Only eight years later the path was expanded till the Silvretta, because another dam was planned.
The Silvretta Hochalpenstraße High Alpine Road is considered one of the most beautiful and popular panoramic roads in the Austrian Alps. It provides unique views and has a wonderful natural landscape.From Galtür it is some ten kilometres to the Bielerhöhe, where the highest mountain in the Austrian Silvretta range sits enthroned, the Piz Buin. Restaurants, sports opportunities and much more await guests at Bielerhöhe. While there are only two hairpin bends on the way up, the road down into neighbouring Vorarlberg has 30 hairpin bends to negotiate. The Bielerhöhe at the top of the Silvretta-Hochalpenstrasse between Montafon and the Paznauntal valley, is the starting point for numerous hikes and tours. With the Silvrettasee nestling in the magnificent high mountain landscape, it offers a fantastic panorama.
As an area ideally suited to hiking, Silvretta Montafon exhibits a completely different type of charm in the summertime than could have even been imagined in winter. A comfortable ascent to this diverse area perfectly suited for hiking is provided by the Versettla Cableway (gondola lift) in Gaschurn and the Garfrescha Cableway (chairlift) in St. Gallenkirch. From the Hochjoch, let the magnificent panorama of 200 peaks and clear views all the way to Lake Constance take your breath away.
TIPS FOR TRAVEL
- The unique view of the Silvrettasee can be enjoyed from the Silvrettasee restaurant.
- Every Tuesday in Silvretta Montafon, there takes place an “alpine camping”.