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Salzburg - Austria
21/B178 Bad Reichenhall - Steinpass - Lofer
This section of Germany, known as the Deutsche Eck (German corner) is where Hitler had his mountain retreat.It is busy, full of tourists and locals alike, but off-peak this road is a little jewel. A level road runs along a small river in a small gorge. It is certainly one of the best roads here anyway.
B164 Saalfelden - Dientner Sattel - Bischofshofen
Don't be put off by thinking the main road will be faster - I did the 46km (I admit I wasn't hanging around though) in 33 minutes, including stopping for a few piccies.
To make the best of this road, you should ride the Bischofshofen end, then turn left at Dienten and take the road down to Eschenau on the B311. It's twisty but a bit bumpy in patches - not enough to ruin the fun. If you're coming to or from the Grossglockner then this is the route to take.
[Closed between December and May]
B162 Golling - Lammertal - Abtenau
This starts near Golling and the motorway and runs through a particularly narrow gorge above the river. Gradually getting lower, wider and a bit less twisty it joins the Pass Gschütt road at Abtenau.
B165 Zell am Ziller - Mittersill
On the other hand, there's the Gerlosstraße, which runs to the south via the Krimml waterfall. A toll road €4(GBP2.30 per bike), but as usual a perfect surface - scenery highlight is a picturesque waterfall on a densly forested mountainside (Austria's highest). Buses and slow tourist trafic here on the weekends but you should have no trouble blowing them into the weeds. The road has also been recently resurface, turning the previously bumpy, concrete plateau into a section of fast sweepers, the whole road having corners with good visibility and the perfect radius to crank it over and keep it there....
Watch out for cows!
B100/ss49 Huben - Erlsbach - Staller Sattel - Antholz (I)
Beats the pants off going round via Toblach on the B100/ss49.
This is another pass that can be divided in to two halves, the very top is single-track and controlled by traffic-lights.
Open from the Austrian side from the top of the hour till 15mins past.
Open from the Italian side from the half hour to 15 mins to the hour.
Hallein - Krispl - Ebenau - Salzburgring
Salzburg is busy, congested and sprawling. It's best avoided really, so either blast past on the motorway, or cut the eastern corner and take this route. The main road between the Salzburgring and Hallein is well made and smooth, but it has a blanket 80km speed limit most of the way. Ignore it, as most locals do, but watch out for police at peak traffic times and weekends. It runs along a river, and the side of a lake and is hardly ever straight. Mostly sweepers.
I reccommend taking the short - 10km - detour up the road to Krispl, a one-yodler village on a low pass. The road has a lot less traffic and a couple of easy hairpins but is mostly sweepers in low alpine meadows. Nice scenery. The eastern end is twistier and runs along a river. An 'in' road for locals. Outsiders tend to ride past.
Kötschach -Plöckenpass - Timau (I)
A fairly under-used pass, this one. As most of the long distance traffic takes the motorways, and it's a little steep and tight for most caravans. Which is nice. The Italian side has a series of tight hairpins stacked above each other (not unlike a miniature Splügen pass) through trees. The Austrian side has less hairpins, but is effectively steeper.