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Books on the Alps and Roads

A quick look at the shelves in a German bookshop will shock you. There are so many books on motorbike touring and the Alps in particular you wouldn't know where to start.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said for English-speaking publishers. I'm trying here to provide a list of half-decent books that might be useful. Some wil be in different languages and they're clearly marked.
Language Title Author Description ISBN Publisher Link
English Motorcycle Journeys through the Alps and Corsica John Herman Probably the most popular book on biking in the Alps. It's advice is honest and accurate, and useful for everyone, but aimed at the American visitor. Whitehorse Press 1-884313-32-9 amazon.com
German GROSSER ALPENSTRASSENFÜHRER A thick paperback with detailed descriptions of just about every road in the Alps. In typical German style it can be too detailed and hard to find the really good roads. €36 3-85047-764-9 denzel www.denzel-verlag.de
German MOTORRAD-TOUREN Two seperate books deal with the east and west Alps. Less confusing than the Grosser Alpenstrassenfüher, they are still very detailed. Accurate and updated regularly. €27 3-85047-761-4
denzel www.denzel-verlag.de

Tourist Info links

Tourist Offices [National and regional tourist offices]
Currency Exchange
Rough Guides/Lonely Planet

Following are some links to assorted regional tourist offices and so-on. They have more detailed information on hotels, camping-sites and facilities in each area.
There is normally an English version somewhere on these sites, if you can't speak the local language.
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teletour.de European tourist links.

Alpes Haute-Provence
Grenoble to Val d'Isere
Savoie and Albertville
Haute Savoie
Francegate links for all things french plus webcams, weather (english)
Webcams all france


ENIT - Italian National Tourist board (English version )
Links to dolomites etc


a searchable directory for tourists and holidaymakers in Austria (English version)
Tourist information
Tourismus.net (Nationwide tourist services)
austria-tourism.at Austrian tourist info plus great motorbike routes [select the "English" button then follow "Vacation Tips" then the "Dream Routes" link]


My Switzerland (Nationwide information) in English
Canton Valis (South West, Around Martigny): in English
in German
in French

Live Web-cam shots of switzerland
Central Switzerland - Luzern
Grindelwald (has weather & live-cam links):in german / in english
Engadin in English, German, and Italian.


Currency exchange:

http://www.xe.net/pca/ Personal Currency Assistant


Rough Guides:

[Thanks to Jonathan Schulster]
Rough Guides to Europe are very useful for finding good value accommodation; generally excellent and up to date info on locations, prices etc. They also offer an opinion on how nice a town is to stay in.
Home page

Lonely Planet guides tend to be very factual with no opinion offered.
Lonely Planet