The Timmelsjoch pass is a highly preferred route and most of the time chosen as toll road connection between Tyrol in Austria and South Tyrol in Italy. With its 2.509m / 8.232ft altitude it is one of the highest alpine transition roads and just a view meters below the Queen of alpine roads, the Stilfserjoch pass. The road is a toll road on the Austrian side.
Approaching the Timmelsjoch from the north from direction Fernpass or the Hahntennjoch pass it is chosen by many travellers because it delivers the first impressions of the upcoming tour days in alpine regions. Driving up from the Inn river valley you enter the Oetztal valley toward the south, which however does not deliver nice impressions outside the ski season. On good and wide roads, built for the winter tourist season you gain access to the Oetztal valley, where from time to time you pass a small village.
When you have reached the end of the valley, just after the village Soelden the road gets much more interesting. Here you have access to the toll road that leads up to the Ventertal valley with its mighty glaciers. Taking a left will bring you after a view serpentines to the Austrian toll gate. Some more curves and the road reaches after a right through a very long avalanche shelter a small plateau which will bring you up up to the Timmelsjoch pass. Here, above the timber line the landscape looks only stony, damp, foggy and green by the moss and lichenic vegetation.
On the pass summit you will still find the former border station of the Austrian Italian border that has been shut down and abandoned since the European union. Only a little hotel shows some more alternation up here. Taking the road down into the Passeiertal valley it becomes more spectacular. You need to drive through a rock tunnel, which is being locked in wintertime with two large wood gates. Further down the road you will hit uncounted serpentines with a wonderful view into the Passeiertal valley and a road that becomes more and more narrow. After some miles you will reach the timber line and after some additional miles you will enter the village of San Leonardo.
From here you may take a left up to the Jaufenpass road or a right that follows the Passeiertal valley until you reach Merano. This part of the valley is highly frequented even beside the main season and therefore this piece of the road takes some time until you reach Merano.