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European Alps pass roads by region

To split a big region like the European Alps into separate slices is always difficult. If you take the summits as border, the alpine passes are cut in the middle. But if you focus on regions, normally the valley should be the regional borders. We have now divided the European Alps into regions that do make sense from the view of a motorbike traveller, focussed on regional cultural environments and language barriers.
The other major objective was to offer the alpine motorbike traveller usefull geological sections that do make sense and can be easily combined in to multiple day trips. We have deleted the old design of our website, where we tried to divide the Alps based on the country borders. Based on the many E-Mails we received from all you guys travelling the Alps, we have adapted our design now to the traveller needs and the tour planning became much easier. Just click the appropriate region and enjoy it.

Dietrich and Corinna
The Alpentourer

TyrolSarn ValleyDolomiti mountains and South TyrolOrtlerSwitzerlandGotthardLago MaggioreValais countySavoy Alps and Mont Blanc


REGION 1 - Alps between Rhine river, Inn, Oberallgaeu and Tyrol

The region is located northeast of Lake of Constance, covers the Bregenz Forest (Bregenzerwald), the Lech Valley Alps, Silvretta, southern border is the Oetz Valley with the Timmelsjoch pass and the eastern border is Innsbruck with the access to the Brenner pass. Does include alpine passes like Furkajoch, Flexenpass, Hochtannbergpass, Hahntennjoch, Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse and the Timmelsjoch.

Eisack valley

REGION 2 - The Sarn Valley

Northern regional border is the Brenner pass. The western border is formed by the rivers Passer river and Etsch river and in the East by the river Eisack. Most northern town is Sterzing, the most western one Meran and the most southern one Bolzano. The Eisack Valley with the old Brenner pass road belongs to that region as well. Does include passes like Jaufenpass and Penserjoch.

Passo di Valparola

REGION 3 - South Tyrol and Dolomiti mountains

The towns Bruneck and Toblach form the border of the Dolomiti region in the North. In the East, the mighty mountain Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Pinnacles) form the border. In the West the region reaches the Eisack Valley and the Brenner pass highway to the South down to Bolzano and the small village Auer (ital. Ora). The southern border reaches along the Passo Rolle and the town Belluno. Geografically we cross several county borders from South Tyrol (ital. Alto Ádige), Véneto and Trentino. Does include a lot of the most beautiful alpine passes of the European Alps.

Stilfser Joch Pass

REGION 4 - The Ortler mountain group, home of Reinhold Messmer

The mighty mountain Ortler block reaches in the North the Vinschgau valley of South Tyrol and reaches eastwards to Bolzano and Meran. The western border is Bormio and Tirano in the Valtellina valley, southern boder is the Val di Sole (Sunny Valley). Does include one of the highest alpine passes like Stilfserjoch, Gaviapass (ital. Passo di Gŕvia), Tonalepass (ital. Passo del Tonale), Mendelpass (ital. Passo di Mendola) and Gampenjoch (ital. Passo di Palade).

Fluelapass near Davos

REGION 5 - East Switzerland, Grison county and Engadine with Sankt Moritz

This area streches out eastwards to the Reschenpass, northwards to the main capital of the Grison county Chur, the Rhine valley to the most southern border of  San Bernardino pass. Southeast the Valtellina county and the valley of Livigno form the border. Does include alpine passes like Fluelapass (Davos), Albulapass, Berninapass, Forcola di Livigno, Passo di Foscagno, Reschenpass, Ofenpass, Julierpass, Malojapass, Spluegenpass, San Bernardinopass and the Grand Canyon of Switzerland.

Andermatt - Gotthard

REGION 6 - Central Switzerland around the Gotthard

From the northern border, the village Glarus, the region reaches down to the North of Ticino county.Eastern border runs along the San Bernardino pass road and the western border is formed by the upper Valais county (Goms). Does include alpine passes like, Lukmanierpass, Oberalp pass, St. Gotthard pass, Klausenpass, Furkapass, Nufenenpass, Grimsel pass and Sustenpass.


Lago di Lugano

REGION 7 - Ticino county and Lago Maggiore

Northern border ist the southern end of the Nufenen pass and the Saint Gotthard pass down in the village Airolo. Eastern bounded by the lake Lago die Como, the southern end of the Maloja pass and the Spluegen pass in Chiavenna. Southern border of the region is formed by the town Varese. In the West by the Monte Rosa mountain area. Does include great travel tracks like the Centovalli valley, Valle Anzasca valley up to Macugnaga just in front of the mighty Monte Rosa mountain and lots of hidden small valleys like the Valle Maggia valley.

Grand Saint Bernard

REGION 8 - West Switzerland and Valais county

Most eastern point of that region is the village Ulrichen, starting point to Nufenen pass and Furka pass, located in upper Valais county (Goms). Northern bordered by Lake of Thun and the Berner Alps, Top of Europe and the biggest European glacier, the mighty Aletschgletscher. Most western point is the town Martigny. Southern regional border is formed by the area around the massiv of the Monte Rosa mountain with its Dufour summit and Zermatt with its Matterhorn. Does include passes like Simplon pass, Col de la Forclaz and Col du Grand St. Bernard.

Petit Saint Bernard

REGION 9 - Montblanc and Savoy Alps

Eastern regional border is the town Martigny up to the Col du Grand St. Bernard pass. Southern bordered by the Vall Aosta valley and northern by the Vallée de Chamonix valley with the Mont Blanc. Does include passes like Col des Montets, Col du Petit St. Bernard, Col de Saisies, Col du Pré. - TOP Alpen-Sites


We are member of the Alpentops 20, a platform of websites that cover travel in the Alps regions and supply significant additional information for trips in the European Alps. Owner of the site is Stephan Fennel from the agency DP Destination Publishing KG - the well known Alpentourer Magazin - which we highly recommend. The website has a translation engine for multiple languages and provides up to date information for travel in the European Alps.

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