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Fernpass

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1.209m

Lermoos - Nassereith

22 km 

N 47°21´38”    E 010°49´48”

3,967ft

13.7 mls

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Fernpass, pass summit

 

If you just look for a fast and short direct connection between Germany and Tyrol in Austria, whereby the preference should be for motorways, then the Fernpass is exactly the correct choice. The Fernpass allows a relatively fast crossing of the Lechtaler alps at their east flank and offers a very good connection from the North either from Munich on the A95 via Garmisch or Würzburg – Ulm using the A7 through Kempten over to the Inn valley.

Entry point in the North is the village Lermoos. Here the pass road leads along the back side of the famous Zugspitze mountain in wonderful landscape along deep blue lakes. During main season this road is highly used by many tourists and is usually overcrowded with busses, trucks and campers. This forces the motorbike rider to drive very carefully and smooth, especially because the passing by between Lermoos and Nassereith is absolutely not recommended. This circumstance offers however the advantage to enjoy the beautiful landscape instead, like – the famous and well know Zugspitzblick viewing point and Fernstein castle.

Approximately 1.5mls before you reach the pass summit from the North, you will find the Zugspitzblick viewing point with a hotel typical for Tyrol and a biker meeting point with an outstanding view up to the Zugspitze mountain and the Mittersee lake. The pass summit itself is not very interesting to stay and has an Esso gas station a gift shop and a hotel. From here the road continues in smooth curves approximately 3km and turns then into several serpentines loosing height very fast. At the end of that serpentines the road passes several tunnels, passes a large gas station with a restaurant until you reach the village Nassereith.

After the tunnel in Nassereith the road runs straight forward to the village Obsteig and Innsbruck. This way is less recommended. When you have passed Nassereith you should turn right towards Imst into the Gurgltal valley, because in Imst you have more choices to continue your motorbike trip on routes that are much more interesting than going through Innsbruck. From Imst, you may ride across the Hahntennjoch pass, or continue the journey through the famous Ötztal valley across the Timmelsjoch pass down to South Tyrol, or drive through Landeck and Sankt Anton across the Arlberg pass or choose from Landeck on the way across the Silvretta High Alps Road.

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