Schlegeis High Alpine Road

Facts

Location: Tyrol, Austria

Length: 13.5 km

Built: 1907

Wide: 5 m standard, 2 lanes. There are also some single lane sections regulated by traffic lights

Surface: asphalt

Surface quality (out of 5): 4 – 5

Highest point: 1806 m

Operating times: June – October

Zillertalstraße B 169 (Schlegeis Alpine Toll Road)

Route: Ginzling – Zillertal Str. 20

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Description

The Schlegeis Alpine Road (German: Schlegeis Alpenstraße) is a spectacular mountain road located in the province of Tyrol, Austria. It connects the small village of Ginzling in the Zillertal valley with the the Schlegeis reservoir, an artificial lake sitting at an altitude of 1,800 meters.

This high alpine road is very popular with those who love driving, motorbiking and cycling due to the fact that it leads into a breathtaking mountain region: the Zillertaler Alps. Along this route you will encounter marvelous waterfalls, natural stone tunnels digged into the steep slopes of the mountain and lush meadows alternating with the impressive glaciers of the Zillertal Valley.

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Surrounding the Schlegeis Lake is the high-mountain nature park of the Zillertal Alps, founded in 2001. With an area of about 2,500 sq km and representing the largest protective network in the Alps, it’s characterised by a wide variety of flora and fauna that can be discovered while hiking or mountaineering.

This scenic route starts from the resort town of Ginzling, located at an elevation of 1000 m above the sea level and is 13.5 km long. On your way to the highest point you will encounter 8 hairpin bends, 4 tunnels and countless viewpoints over the surrounding mountains. The entire journey takes about 30 minutes to complete. In addition, there are also some single lane sections regulated by traffic lights and an imposed height limit of 3.6 m.

The road winds its way up through the rugged scenery to the stunningly beautiful Schlegeis lake, at an altitude of 1800 m. Characterized by an unique emerald green colour, the 131 m high and 725 m long Schlegeis Dam is an impressive example of Austrian engineering. Furthermore, it’s open to visitors that can explore its interior during one of the regularly guided tours.

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At the Schlegeis Reservoir you will find a parking lot that is actually the starting point for a variety of wonderful mountain walks and hikes in the high mountain region of the Zillertal Alps. In case you’re hungry, Tyrolean delicacies are being served at the Bergrestaurant Schlegeis, the Zamsereck snack bar and at the other nearby huts..

Further up, at an altitude of 2388 m, you will find the famous Olperer mountain refuge hut, offering great views over the nearby Olperer Glacier. Starting from Lake Schlegeis, the cabin is only accessible by foot and can be reached within 1.5 hours.


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