Through the Jaufen / Giovo Pass by Motorcycle
Among all of the beautiful motorcycle tours in South Tyrol, the Jaufen Pass tour stands alone. This tour offers a perfect mixture of breathtaking natural backdrops, idyllic rest-stops, and – of course – tight curves.
This route provides a lot of scenic variety. With a length of approx. 200 km, it takes you over the Jaufen Pass, which connects the Passeier / Passiria Valley with the Eisack / Isarco Valley, and is the shortest route between the cities of Sterzing / Vipiteno and Meran / Merano. We thus begin our tour near the resort town of Meran. From here, we drive into the Passeier Valley, in the direction of St. Leonhard in Passeier. At the end of the valley, in numerous curves with a total length of 31 km, we reach the Jaufen Pass. To the north, we see the impressive summits of the Ötz Valley Alps, while in the south, the pinnacles of the Sarn / Sarentino Alps rise majestically.
Upon reaching the Jaufen Pass (at an altitude of 2,099 meters above sea-level), you’ll want to first take a moment to enjoy the magnificent view. With the Jaufen / Giovo Peak (2,483 meters high) and the Saxner (2,359 meters) in view, you can enjoy a well-deserved rest before resuming your tour. The route continues to be very curvy as you proceed towards Gasteig / Casateia and on to Sterzing. The old part of this impressive medieval town is certainly worth a visit.
From Sterzing, we now proceed to the highest point of our tour: the Penser / Pennes Pass, at an altitude of 2,211 meters above sea-level (ATTENTION: The Penser Pass is open to traffic only from May till November). While driving through dark woods and across broad meadows, the tour now takes us through the Sarn Valley and, finally, to the provincial capital of Bozen / Bolzano. If time permits, we heartily recommend paying a visit to the interesting city center.
PLEASE NOTE: In the summertime, a cold wind usually blows at the Jaufen Pass. In the springtime and autumn, it is bitter cold! The pass is usually closed to traffic in the winter. However, if weather conditions permit, the pass may be open – though only during daylight hours.