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The Alps

The Alps. Probably the most ridden area of Europe. There are plenty of sources for great scenic rides out there on the internet, and as I haven’t really focused on the Alps on my previous rides, I will focus on a couple that I have found out of the ordinary.

I’m combining all the Alp roads into one section, though it is technically different countries. But as they are all Schengen, it doesn’t really matter much.

Passport: No (but recommended)

They’re all Schengen, so no passport control. Technically Switzerland and Lichtenstein isn’t member of the EU, but they both participate in the Schengen Area.

Green insurance card: No (but recommended)

Technically not needed, being an EU member country. And they will not ask for it. But get it anyway.

Vehicle Registration Certificate: Yes

Yes, always. The original.

Toll: Yes

Austria, and Switzerland: Yes, on select highways. Buy vignette at gas stations before going on the highway. Also, some tunnels have extra charges, which is paid at gates.

Italy: Yes, some highways. Toll gates.

Otherwise no tolls. 

Condition: Good

No issues for any bikes.

Road Safety: Good

No issues.

You: Good

Nobody will attempt to kill you.

Bike: Good

But watch out for fast oncoming crotch rockets cutting corners on the winding roads.


Generally fine.


All hotels have wifi, but some aren’t too fast, and they don’t have many access points, so though there is wifi, the signal may not reach all the way to your room.

But hey, isn’t it much more fun updating the social media from the bar with a beer in one hand?

Language: German-ish, Italian

All speak German and English

Alphabet: Latin

No need to learn Cyrillic or any other alphabets.

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Check out some great roads to ride in the Alps:

Great Road: Straniger Alm, The Alps

Great Road: Straniger Alm, The Alps

Straniger Alm, or "The Smugglers' Route" as it is also know as, is a gravel road that connects Austria and Italy. It's an easy road, however, the section on the Italian side is quite steep, but the road is sealed. Surface...

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