austria - anyone been?

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austria - anyone been?

me & my missus are thinking of going to Salzberg- Austria region for a few days this year - been looking on the net a bit for some info - just wondered if anyone had been - any good B&B's with secure parking for a bike & rough distance+time+route guide - I was thinking of going through the chunnel & through lux & switzerland from france unless anyone's got a better route - cheers for any help/advice etc

I passed through there last summer, going from Italy to Germany, was only there for a few hours though. Still managed to get done by the police for not having the motorway sticker/tax thing. To be fair, I should have known.The road surfaces are good, you know immediately when you cross the border from Italy. Nice scenary. Petrol is the cheapest I've seen, was around 1 euro a litre I think? Though when you've just splashed out 65 euros in the back of a cop car it doesn't seem such a bargain lol.The motorways are congested, fairly expensive and often turn into single-carriageway roads so avoid if you can. When they turn into a crawl filtering can be dodgy as I believe it's illegal there, and you can be sure if a cop sees you are getting done.During the summer the roads seem to be filled with German/Italian bikes. If you go close to Italy you probably won't be far from the Stelvios pass, which is always worth a look.

I can highly recommend this place, it's fantastic,basically a five star bikers hotel.The rooms are all themed and spotless,the food is fantastic,as are the facilities,sauna etc,it even has a bike lift, locked garage,tools,jet wash,rags blah blah blah. Right in the middle of town,but quite,not the cheapest,but worth every euro, the roads around there are great too,and the owner Kluas is a biker and a real nice bloke and runs some great rides and knows every good road in the area.Well worth a look I would go back there anytime,and your wife will love it too.Andy www.hotel-enzian.com/start.php?site=home&lang=e

andymoto wrote

I can highly recommend this place, it's fantastic,basically a five star bikers hotel.The rooms are all themed and spotless,the food is fantastic,as are the facilities,sauna etc,it even has a bike lift, locked garage,tools,jet wash,rags blah blah blah. Right in the middle of town,but quite,not the cheapest,but worth every euro, the roads around there are great too,and the owner Kluas is a biker and a real nice bloke and runs some great rides and knows every good road in the area.Well worth a look I would go back there anytime,and your wife will love it too.Andy www.hotel-enzian.com/start.php?site=home&lang=e

I'd agree with that, an excellent biking hotel with some interesting roads/passes within easy reach.

okay - thanks for the replies - that hotel does look nice - might have to investigate further - cheers

Some great roads in the bits I've been to in the Tyrol... watch out for car drivers tho on busy roads... they don't seem to like bikes overtaking queues of traffic even where legal and tend to drive straight at you along the white line...

The Spin Doctor wrote

Some great roads in the bits I've been to in the Tyrol... watch out for car drivers tho on busy roads... they don't seem to like bikes overtaking queues of traffic even where legal and tend to drive straight at you along the white line...

I didn't find this last year, in fact I was amazed how car drivers on the passes left spaces for me to overtake into (even when they were queing to overtake themselves). Police are very hot on speeding in towns & villages ( and they did one of our group for not stopping at a crossing) but outside the towns I hardly saw any police at all. Watch out for cycles racing down the passes, they use both sides of the road! I think filtering is illegal but almost expected by car drivers, some local bikers used the hard shoulder when motorway traffic was jammed-up (not sure I'd do that though). Many of the high passes are very,very tight with first gear turns and fast straights but some of the less well known passes and lower ones are more flowing and I found more enjoyable. You need a vignette for motorways and some tunnels (it's quite cheaply available from petrol stations etc).

Hate the place. All the roads are straight and boring, the woman are uggly, the food is German, the drivers anal-retentives, the shopkeepers all thieves. Nobody liked me.

FLASH wrote

Hate the place. All the roads are straight and boring, the woman are uggly, the food is German, the drivers anal-retentives, the shopkeepers all thieves. Nobody liked me.

Sounds a different place to the Austria I went to. 72 hairpin bends on the way up the Stelvio pass, a similar number on the way down the other side. Boring, straight roads? you obviously chose the wrong ones. The food is excellent, often with an Italian influence (very near to Italy). Shops? I've no idea, I don't do shopping on holiday (it wastes riding time!).Each to their own but I found it a very biker friendly atmosphere (it has to be there are loads of bikes).What's the matter Flash, don't your tours cover Austria?

The BirdMan wrote

Sounds a different place to the Austria I went to. 72 hairpin bends on the way up the Stelvio pass, a similar number on the way down the other side. Boring, straight roads? you obviously chose the wrong ones. The food is excellent, often with an Italian influence (very near to Italy). Shops? I've no idea, I don't do shopping on holiday (it wastes riding time!).Each to their own but I found it a very biker friendly atmosphere (it has to be there are loads of bikes).What's the matter Flash, don't your tours cover Austria?

Think it was a meagre attempt at sarcasm. The Stelvios pass is in Italy btw, Austria doesn't get credit for that

mauricegb wrote

Think it was a meagre attempt at sarcasm. The Stelvios pass is in Italy btw, Austria doesn't get credit for that

Dooh!, well only just in Italy. Sorry Flash,

The BirdMan wrote

Dooh!, well only just in Italy. Sorry Flash,

Easy mistake to make, coming from Italy I thought I'd already hit Austria as I was scoffing the obligatory bratwurst sausage and cabbage on the top

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Easy mistake to make, coming from Italy I thought I'd already hit Austria as I was scoffing the obligatory bratwurst sausage and cabbage on the top

Well, it is the Italian Tyrol, IIRC, which was part of Austria until they ended up on the losing side in WW1... Great road tho!

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