Two - Countries - Drive: North Tyrol, Vorarlberg

Heights & Passes:

  1. Toll Gate Galtür (1.051 m)
  2. Bieler Höhe Pass (2.032 m)
  3. Partenen Pass (1.051 m)
  4. Arlberg Pass (1.729 m)

Saturday 26th June 2020 – from 8:30 am
Meeting place Wörgl Bahnhofstrasse, line-up for the convoy from 8.00 am
Departure 8:30 am
Where Wörgl Bahnhofstrasse
Costs in Brief

10 day vignette for Austria: € 9,50

(please stick the vignette in the upper left corner of the windscreen, must be clearly visible!)

Drinks and/or meals in the Biergarten Wörgl for the meeting –  Friday, 25th of June 2021, 7 p.m.

Silvretta High Alpine Road toll: € 16,50 per MINI Length: 22,3 km; Number of small curves: 34; Gradient: 14%

Small morning coffe break – Trofana Tyrol near Imst

Various parking fees 

Lunch at Silvretta Lake reservoir – Bieler Height



Our route leads us from the Wörgler Bahnhofstraße over the Inn Valley towards Innsbruck and the Tyrolean Oberland on the A12. In the vicinity of Imst at the motorway service area Trofana Tyrol, we fortify ourselves with a small coffee break before we head for Paznauntal.

We pass Innsbruck on the A12 direction Bregenz to Landeck West where we turn onto the B171 into the Paznauntal.


Continue on the B171 in the direction of Ischgl, where we can get a first impression of the picturesque mountains of the Paznaun Valley. The lifestyle metropolis of the Alps - as Ischgl is often called - is the paradise for sports lovers and attracts in winter and summer with a magnificent mountain scenery, sporting challenges and impressive "Top of the Mountain" concerts on the Idalpe. Ischgl is like a green island between the foothills of the Samnaun, Verwall and Silvretta groups with over 70 three-thousanders!


We reach Galtür, which sadly became famous a few years ago through the massive avalanche with 38 dead people and a lot were injured. The winter tourist resort below the Kopsalpe and Ballunspitze (2.671 m) was already visited in 1925 by Ernest Hemingway and described in his short story "The Bergidyll".

Silvretta High Alpine Road

Now we turn on the Silvretta High Alpine Road (B188) on the border between Tyrol and Vorarlberg and drive the "Queen of Tyrolean tours", which makes the heart of the MINI Driver beat faster on a distance of just under 23 km from Galtür to Partenen. With its endless serpentines and magnificent panoramas, past crystal-clear lakes and huge 3000s, you feel on the high-alpine route quite small and yet so big! The breathtaking Alpine passes with the impressive Alpine landscape of the 3000s is a MUST & highlight for all Curver.

The Silvretta High Alpine Road is one of the most beautiful and popular mountain roads of the entire Alps. Built in 1954 and for a total of 8 km, it is no coincidence that this spectacular alpine road is also known as the "dream road of the Alps for connoisseurs". The breathtaking mountain scenery of Silvretta and the lakes Vermunt and Silvretta, where the road leads directly nearby, enchants its visitors, no matter how many times the road is driven.

Photo stops guaranteed!

Of course, we always make small photo stops at the driveway to our first shared pass, the Bielerhöhe (2.032 m) with picturesque views and phenomenal views of the Verwall and Samnaungruppe.

The Bielerhöhe with Silvretta Reservoir (2.030 m)

The artificial lake on the highest point of the high alpine road, more exactly on the Bielerhöhe serves the power production in the region. The Silvretta Reservoir with a capacity of 38.6 million m3 water, furthermore it is 2.5 km long and 1 km wide. The reservoir is fed by the Ill and the Bieltalbach, and a total of 407.000 m3 of concrete was built and is surrounded by the mighty rock massifs of the Silvretta and Vermunt mountains with guaranteed indescribable, magnificent views of the panorama of the Silvretta group.

Lunch at about 12.30 pm in the Silvretta restaurant

At about 12.30 pm we reach the Silvretta Reservoir at 2.030 m above sea level with the Silvretta Restaurant of the same name, where we take our deserved lunch and enjoy the famous view of the reservoir, the Silvretta Massif, in the south the Piz Buin, the highest mountain in Vorarlberg (3.312 m) and left next to the “Three country peak” (Ö, I, CH) with 3.197 m. The Piz Buin marks the border between Austria and Switzerland and was first climbed on July 14, 1865. When the weather is fine, the reflections of the mountain range can be admired and it undoubtedly belongs to the most beautiful alpine lakes.

At 2.00 pm we drive west again on the B188. 


We drive by the Vermuntsee (1.743 m), which receives the processed water of the Silvretta reservoir and the Kromerbach.

Schruns & the Montafon

Schruns is the capital of the Montafon with the main river Ill. The Ill rises from the Vermunt and Ochsental glacier at the foot of Piz Buin and flows into the Rhine in Feldkirch. The glaciated Silvretta Group lies on the border to Tyrol and Switzerland, and the Bielerhöhe and the Zeinisjoch connect the Montafon with the Paznauntal. 

Schruns itself is court seat and the terminus of the Montafonerbahn of Bludenz. Ernest Hemingway was also here in the winter of 1925/26 and revisited during this time his novel "Fiesta", which became his bestseller. Also in his novel "Snow on Mount Kilimanjaro" he had his hero dream of the wonderful evenings in Schruns.

We continue on the B188 over Partenen, Gaschurns and Schruns in the Montafon until Bürs and turn into the B190, direction Bludenz and get on the B197, direction Klöstere and Langen am Arlberg.

Arlberg Massif & Arlberg Pass (1.739 m)

We stay on the B197, which leads us to the Arlberg Pass. The Arlberg massif is legend - mountain range - pass - region. But it is even more: a social meeting place, the cradle of alpine skiing, a famous tourist region, fascination and myth. The Arlberg Pass, which separates Tyrol from Vorarlberg, is a symbol of beauty and a unique natural landscape. The winter sports region on the Arlberg is every year a magical attraction for all "beautiful and rich" and sports enthusiasts in the world and is Austria's largest interconnected ski area.

And in summer, all the splendor of green meadows, a band of dark forests and above the incomparably beautiful, magnificent peaks of the Arlberg massif. The Valluga is the highest point of this massif (2.809 m) and forms the southwestern end of the Lechtal Alps. The Arlberg Pass itself connects the Klostertal in the west with the Stanzer valley in the east and is the watershed between the North Sea and the Black Sea. 

The Arlberg pass is the Austria's fourth highest pass crossing and belongs to the Tyrol.

Coffee & cake at 3.30 pm

The ascent with several turns is breathtaking and via Dalaas we reach St. Christoph am Arlberg, where we stop at about 3.30 pm for our obligatory coffee and cake.


Like Galtür in January 1954, this small community was also buried by several huge avalanches. Within 24 hours up to 2 meters of fresh snow fell in advance. However, the surface was too warm due to the mild temperatures throughout December, so the fresh snow could not connect to the ground. In two days from the 10th to the 12th of January, 400 avalanches were sent off, 120 of them were destructive. 280 people were spilled, 600 residential and farm buildings destroyed and 125 people were killed. Today Dalaas is a well-known and popular winter sports destination.

St. Christoph am Arlberg

In 1386, Heinrich Findelkind founded the world-famous St. Christoph hospice to look after travelers who had already come through here. Already in the 13th century the Arlbergpass turned into a nationwide and even internationally important pass and already in 1312 was charged toll in Landeck. At that time, the mines in the Montafon were inseparable from the Arlberg Pass. Already in the first year of the existence of the hospice already 7 lives were saved. The most prominent member of the Brotherhood is Ex-King of Spain Juan Carlos. The purpose of the Brotherhood is until nowadays the support of the mountain farmers, help in social emergencies, support of charitable institutions and mountain rescue.

St. Anton am Arlberg

The 2.400-inhabitant village owes its international reputation as a ski resort to the ski pioneer Hannes Schneider. In 1920, he founded the Arlberg Ski School, in which ski group lessons took place for the first time. He was also the one who drove down the valley with two sticks, the so-called "Arlberg technique". We owe another ski revolution to Stefan Kruckenhauser, who invented the “Wedeln”. In 2001 the World Ski Championships took place here and Skiclub Arlberg celebrated its 100th anniversary. Many celebrities, as well as then Lady Diana, came and always like to come back for a ski holiday on the Arlberg.

After our little coffee stop, we continue our drive on the B197 at around 4.30 pm towards the valley over the well-known skiing resort of St. Anton am Arlberg and here we end our joint round trip. 

After the descent, we reach Landeck West at about 5.15 pm from where we drive onto the A12 Inntal motorway again and drive in the direction of Wörgl. 

Everyone can choose their own motorway speed (from Landeck West to Wörgl there are about 1.5 hours left).

Arrival in Wörgl at about 6.45 pm



When Friday, 25th June 2021 – from 7:00 pm
Where BIERGARTEN WÖRGL at Madersbacherweg 34
Costs Beer, Drinks and/or Meal - Self Payment


All MINI lovers are celebrating the 9th Austrian MINI Weekend with a welcome drink in the popular beer garden in Wörgl. Get to know cool, trendy MINI lovers and those who want to become one! Closer acquaintances not excluded, if not already happened! In a relaxed atmosphere, we look forward to beautiful views and insights and are also looking forward to our upcoming tour. (Recommendation: do not celebrate too long, because we drive the next day with our beloved MINI's!)