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.
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.
No issues for any bikes.
Road Safety: Good
Nobody will attempt to kill you.
But watch out for fast oncoming crotch rockets cutting corners on the winding roads.
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
No need to learn Cyrillic or any other alphabets.