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Timmelsjoch Pass

The Timmelsjoch Pass is a border pass between Italy and Austria that is particularly popular with motorcyclists and cyclists: it connects the Passeiertal Valley with the Ötztal Valley and thus South Tyrol with North Tyrol. In addition to hairpin bends and breathtaking views, there are also the 6 stations of the Timmelsjoch Experience and beautiful hiking destinations to discover.

Numbers & facts about the Timmelsjoch Pass

Timmelsjoch Experience: Telescope
Timmelsjoch Experience: Telescope

The Telescope below the Mt. Scheibkopf offers a marvellous view of the Granatkogel and Hohe First mountain peaks.

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  • The Timmelsjoch Pass lies at an altitude of 2,474 metres, although there are also altitude indications of 2,509 metres.
  • The toll station for the pass road is on the Austrian side: a toll is charged above Hochgurgl, which applies to both the North and South Tyrolean sides.
  • The Timmelsjoch mountain pass connects the Passeiertal and Ötztal valleys.
  • Driving at night is prohibited between 8 pm and 7 am, and the Timmelsjoch is closed in winter (on the South Tyrolean side from the Hochfirst inn).
  • On the steeper South Tyrolean side, there are size and weight restrictions for buses, lorries, motorhomes and trailers.
  • On the South Tyrolean side, the pass road is labelled SS 44 bis: It branches off from the SS 44 at St. Leonhard in Passeier and is just under 30 kilometres long. On the North Tyrolean side, the road is called the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road.

Highlight for racing cyclists & motorcyclists


A bike tour on the Timmelsjoch offers a sporting challenge combined with magnificent mountain panoramas.

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The pass road over the Timmelsjoch is a dream route for motorcyclists with around 30 beautifully designed hairpin bends and, with a maximum gradient of 13 %, is also an exciting challenge for road cyclists. From St. Leonhard in Passeier, the route leads via Moos in Passeier up to the highest point, the pass, and then on the Austrian side via Hochgurgl and Obergurgl down to Sölden.

There is also a bus from Moos in Passeier up to the Timmelsjoch Pass and of course the route up the mountain pass is also fun by car, as the wide panoramas are overwhelming. Hikers and mountain bikers also get their money's worth in the high alpine landscape, most of which is part of the Texel Group Nature Park on the South Tyrolean side. Refreshment stops in the region range from mountain huts to mountain inns and panoramic restaurants.

Timmelsjoch Experience

Timmelsjoch Experience: Garnets
Timmelsjoch Experience: Garnets

On a rocky slope near Stuls in the upper Passeier Valley, two "Garnets" serve as a showroom and viewing platform.

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With a total of 6 stations, Timmelsjoch Experience offers exciting insights into the nature and culture of the region around the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, the Texel Group Nature Park and the Passeiertal Valley.

Each station is not only a great viewpoint, but also provides information. All stations of Timmelsjoch Experience can be visited free of charge. These are the stations:

  • Garnets: Information about the highest waterfalls in South Tyrol & more
  • Walkway: information about the glacier as the architect of the landscape & more
  • Smuggler: information on the centuries-old tradition of smuggling & more
  • Pass museum: information on the history of the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road & more
  • Telescope: Information on the geology of the rear Passeier Valley & more
  • Timmel_Transit: Information on the history of the pass road on the South Tyrolean side

The Motorcycle Experience World at the Panorama Restaurant is a museum with 350 exhibits and a multimedia world of experience that is not just for motorcyclists.

Tourist Office Passeiertal
Tourist Office Passeiertal
Passeirerstraße 40 - 39015 St. Leonhard in Passeier
+39 0473 656 188

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