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21 Mountain Passes to explore in Austria

Austria

Austria is consistently ranked in the top 20 richest countries in the world by GDP per capita terms. The country has achieved a high standard of living and in 2018 was ranked 20th in the world for its Human Development Index.

Bielerhöhe Pass
Bielerhöhe PassBielerhöhe Pass, 6794 Gaschurn, Austria

A high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.071m above the sea level, located in the Austrian Alps between the Bundesländer of Vorarlberg and Tyrol. The pass connects Montafon and the Paznaun valley. The pass is traversed by the Silvretta Hochalpenstraße High Alpine Road. Due to its exposed location the road is closed to normal traffic in winter at which time it can be reached only by cable car from Partenen.

Faschinajoch
FaschinajochFaschinajoch, 6733 Fontanella, Austria

The Faschinajoch is a mountain pass in the Alps at 1486 m above sea level . It connects the valley of the Bregenzer Ach near Damüls with the valley of the Lutz near Faschina. It leads over the pass, which is well-developed and winter-proof . The eastern part of the route is very popular with motorcyclists .

Flattnitz Pass
Flattnitz PassFlattnitz Pass, 4643, Austria

Flattnitz Pass is a high mountain pass in the Austrian Alps. It was located in the state of Carinthia, connecting Glödnitz in the Gurk valley with Stadl on the Mur river, beyond the border with Styria. The pass height comprises a dispersed settlement with a high-altitude sanatorium and an Alpine lake. It is a popular destination for hikers and for cross-country skiers in winter.

Flexen Pass
Flexen PassFlexen Pass, 6763 Lech, Austria

A majestic high mountain pass in the Austrian Alps in the Bundesland of Vorarlberg. The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s usually open all year long and connects the upper Lech River valley between Warth, Lech, and Zürs with the Klostertal near Stuben. It offers nice views of this area and also there are so many other options for leisure too.

Furkajoch
FurkajochFurkajoch, 6830, Austria

The Furkajoch is a mountain pass in the Alps. It connects the valley of the Bregenzer Ach near Damüls with the valley of the Frutz near Laterns. The pass path was made correspondingly simple and, until recently, was little more than a natural path. Only a few years ago a modern, narrow road was built over the Furkajoch.

Gaberl Pass
Gaberl PassGaberl Pass, 8741, Austria

A beautiful high mountain pass in the Austrian Alps in the Bundesland of Styria. A steep road connects Köflach with the upper Mur River valley, running next to the Stubalpe. This road dates from Roman times. It is a popular destination for both summer and winter sports.

Hengstpass
HengstpassHengstpass, 4581, Austria

The Hengstpass is a mountain pass in the Upper Austrian municipality of Rosenau am Hengstpass on the border with Styria . It separates the Reichraminger Hintergebirge from the Haller Mauern. The pass crossing is developed as a state road L 550 and connects the towns of Windischgarsten and Rosenau on the Hengstpass with the towns of Oberlaussa and Unterlaussa , some in Styria, some in Upper Austria, and the Styrian market town of Altenmarkt .

Hochjoch
HochjochHochjoch, 6780, Austria

The Hochjoch is a mountain pass in the Ötztal Alps on the border between Tyrol, Austria, and South Tyrol, Italy. Located between the Venter and Schnalser valleys, the Hochjoch is covered by the Hochjoch-Ferner glacier. An iconic attraction in this area which gives the views of the natural landscapes.

Hochrindl
HochrindlHochrindl, 9571, Austria

Hochrindl is a mountain pass and alpine ski resort in the Austrian Alps located between Reichenau and Albeck. The pass was largely uninhabited and used as pasture land until the late 20th century when it became a location for summer and winter tourism.

Hochtannberg Pass
Hochtannberg PassHochtannberg Pass, 6888, Austria

A majestic mountain pass in the Austrian Alps in the Bundesland of Vorarlberg. It connects Warth in the Lech Valley to the east with the valley of the Bregenzer Ach near Schoppernau to the west. It is traversed by the Bregenzerwaldstraße. It connects the Allgäu Alps to the headwaters of the Lech.

Katschberg Pass
Katschberg PassKatschberg Pass, 5582, Austria

Katschberg Pass is a high mountain pass in the Central Eastern Alps in Austria between Rennweg am Katschberg in the state of Carinthia and Sankt Michael im Lungau in Salzburg. It includes 16 lifts that cover 70 km of slopes with 100% snow-making facilities from Tschaneck until Sankt Margarethen im Lungau.

Klippitztörl Pass
Klippitztörl PassKlippitztörl Pass, 9462 Wolfsberg, Austria

Klippitztörl is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.642m above the sea level, located in the Bundesland of Carinthia, in Austria. The pass road is 28 km and goes south at Bad St. Leonhard from Federal Highway B78 over the pass to Lölling-Graben, where it joins Federal Highway B92 south of Hüttenberg. There is a ski resort at the Hohenwart, with a number of lifts. Along the road, there are many hotels and rental chalets.

Naßfeld Pass
Naßfeld PassNassfeld, 5730 Mittersill, Austria

Nassfeld Pass is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.534m above the sea level, located on the Italian-Austrian border. The pass is 24.2 km long, running north-south from Tröpolach to Pontebba. During the Middle Ages, it was important trade route between the Duchy of Carinthia and the Republic of Venice.

Niederalpl Pass
Niederalpl PassNiederalpl Pass, 8693, Austria

Niederalpl Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.232m above the sea level, located in the Austrian state of Styria. It is traversed by State Highway 113 with a maximum grade of 10 percent. It connects Wegscheid and Mürzsteg. At the pass, there are two restaurants and several ski lifts. Neighboring peaks are the Hohe Veitsch and the Tonion.

Präbichl
PräbichlPräbichl, 8790 Eisenerz, Austria

The ski resort Präbichl – Vordernberg is located in the Hochsteiermark. It is one of the beautiful mountain and also there is a mountain pass which gives you beautiful views of this area. For skiing and snowboarding, there are 20 km of slopes available. 6 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 1,100 and 1,608 m.

Preiner Gscheid Pass
Preiner Gscheid PassPreiner Gscheid Pass, 8691, Austria

Preiner Gscheid Pass is a high mountain pass in the Austrian Alps in the Bundesland of Lower Austria. The pass connects Kapellen and Reichenau an der Rax. It is one of the iconic attraction in this area and offers beautiful views of this area.

Pyhrn Pass
Pyhrn PassPyhrn Pass, 4582, Austria

Pyhrn Pass is a mountain pass in the Austrian Alps between the Austrian states of Upper Austria and Styria. Since the middle of the 1980s, traffic on the pass has been reduced by the opening of the Bosruck Tunnel for the A9 Pyhrn Autobahn. There has also been a railway tunnel since the nineteenth century. Since the road tunnel was built, the road has not been cleared regularly in winter, and there is a weight limit for trucking.

Schweizer Tor
Schweizer TorSchweizer Tor, 7228, Austria

The Schweizertor is a mountain pass in the Alps. It is located between the Austrian state of Vorarlberg and the Prättigau in the canton of Graubünden. The closest hiking base is the Lindauer Hütte , from which it takes about 2.5 hours to reach the Swiss Gate. In some passages the area requires good footwear, good surefootedness and a head for heights. Rapid cold spells can also occur in summer.

Semmering Pass
Semmering Pass2680 Semmering Pass, Austria

The Semmering is a mountain pass in the Eastern Northern Limestone Alps that forms a natural border between Lower Austria and Styria.The Semmering Pass is featured on a famous commemorative coin: the 25 euro 150 Years of the Semmering Alpine Railway Coin. The Semmering ski resort, which also hosts World Cup events, is located at the pass and extends on to the Hirschenkogel mountain.

Sölk Pass
Sölk PassSölk Pass, 8844, Austria

Sölk Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.793m (5,882ft) above the sea level, located in the Austrian state of Styria. It crosses the Niedere Tauern and connects the Mur River valley with the Enns River valley. The pass road is a secondary highway and is not cleared in winter.

Map of Mountain Passes to explore in Austria