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.
||Motorcycle Journeys through the Alps and Corsica
||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.
||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
||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
Tourist Info links
[National and regional tourist offices]
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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European tourist links.
to Val d'Isere
links for all things french plus webcams, weather (english)
- Italian National Tourist board
(English version )
a searchable directory for tourists and holidaymakers in Austria (English version)
- Tourist information
(Nationwide tourist services)
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):
Web-cam shots of switzerland
Switzerland - Luzern
Grindelwald (has weather & live-cam links):in german
in English, German, and Italian.
Personal Currency Assistant
[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.
Lonely Planet guides tend to be very factual with no