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What do the symbols mean? don't miss scenic route Avoid if at all possible Sweepers Twisties Hairpins Town or Point of Interest Web Cam Available

If, like me, you actually prefer twisties as opposed to the majestic scenery and undless-but-dull hairpins of the higher mountains, you'll be in your element here. This central part of Austria is mountainous enough to make all the roads twisty, but not too extreme. There is a unique concentration of roads here that are just so good, and for sheer sportsbike enjoyment this area really is very hard to beat.

Town logo Mariazell
N47?37.058 E15?16.300
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Mariazell is a picturesque, if a little kitschy, little town centred around a church perched high on a hill. Religious events a few centuries ago have turned it into a major place of pilgrimage - especially noticeable in the Summer, when you may well see groups of barefooted pilgrims walking in the surrounding country roads.
Bikers are numerous and welcome, especially on warm weekends. We stayed here once and it was totally dead in the evening once the tourist busses had left.

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B20 Mariazell - Au
Sweeper N47?37.058 E15?16.300
Often tight main-road sweepers.

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L113 Wegscheid - Niederalpl - M?rzsteg
2005-07-20

don't miss Twisty N47?40.900 E15?22.879
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Resurfaced in 2003 for the 7km over the top, this little-used the road is alternative route from Mariazell to Mürzzuschlag. A low pass, the road runs along a valley and then a short climb up to the top. No traffic. Easy.

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B23/B21 M?rzsteg - Lahnsattel - Mariazell
2005-07-20

don't miss scenic route Sweeper N47?43.214 E15?28.763
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Well surfaced and varies between moderately tight curves and sweepers, a nicer - and longer - road than the Niederalpl(above).The southern section runs through a very picturesque river gorge. If you're doing this then you should also try ...

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B23 Mürzsteg - Mürzzuschlag
2005-07-20

don't miss Sweeper N47?39.970 E15?34.539
Runs along wide, forested river valleys mostly. Sweepers. Fast. No nasty surprises and a very nice ride.

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LH101 Annaberg - Ulreichsberg - Gscheid
2005-07-20

don't miss N47?51.013 E15?23.551
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This is a small road on the maps, running between the two main roads near Annaberg and St.Aegyd. It's a gem. It has a few fast sections and some realy twisty bits following the river.

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B24 Palfau - Wildapen - Gu?werk Silver medal symbol
2005-07-20

Twisty N47?39.881 E14?59.132
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This road has one of the best sportsbike stretches in the whole of Austria - the 15km section at the eastern end, between Weichselboden and Gusswerk, over the minor Halspass. Extremely twisty, and a superb surface.

Otherwise it's generally fast sweepers with tighter bits in between - similar to the Gesäuse, in that it runs in a white-water river valley through trees. Can be hard work at speed and is bumpy in a few places. They have completed the new tunnels now (August 2000) and resurfaced about half of it so the road is generally in good condition. I'd seriously recommend this one, for the road and the scenery. If you get hot, there are tons of places to pull over and cool off in the river (if you can stand 8-10°C on your goolies). A very popular road with local bikers...for a reason.

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B115 Palfau - Grossreifling
don't miss Twisty N47?42.565 E14?48.236
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Almost a continuation of this road is the route from Palfau to Großreifling on the B115. Generally medium to twisty it has a great rebuilt section in the middle which is technically tricky - steep undulations combined with corners can unweight the bike a bit.

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B31/B25 Waidhofen - Göstling - Lunz
2005-07-20

don't miss Sweeper N47?49.742 E15?00.073
Main road, fast sweepers, great surface. Strangely quiet outside rush-hours. Fast ...

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B71 Lunz - Zellerrain - Mariazell
2005-07-20

don't miss scenic route Sweeper N47?47.479 E15?11.612
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Do this from the west - a long gradual snaking climb, then a bumpy, short drop down to the Erlauf lake which is a popular place on hot weekends. The new bypass from the top around the steep and terrible east side is now finished, and exceptionally it's turned east ramp into a good, twisty ride on a brand-new road. Great!

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B28 Neubruck near Scheibbs - Puchenstuben - Wienerbr?ck Gold medal symbol
2005-07-20

don't miss Twisty N47?55.042 E15?17.613
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One of my favourites. Heaven for sportsbikes in either direction. A popular road with local bikers. It suffers a lot in the winter and is patched-up every year, so it's a varying mix of superb surface with - if you're unlucky - some bits in need of repair.
It is mainly tight twisties with some wiggly bits in between, running through heavily wooded cliffsides. Take your shades off for this one.
The best bit is the north-western end just outside St. Anton an der Jesnitz.
Not to be missed.

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L6159 Wintereck - St.Anton an der Jesnitz
2005-07-20

N47?59.052 E15?14.942
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Coming from Puchenstuben (see route above), you come to a junction to the right marked "Frankenfels". Take this turning and about 400m on the left is a small, unlikeky looking road to Höbarten. It runs over up and down hills, goes nowhere, so has little traffic if any, and has recently been re-surfaced for most of its length. Don't miss it if you'r doing the Puchenstuben route anyway. I found this road this year (2000) after we had to make a detour because of roadworks around St.Anton an der Jesnitz. It runs for about 8km and the start and finish points are about 4km apart.

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B20 T?rnitz - Annaberg - Mariazell
2005-07-20

don't miss Sweeper N47?52.506 E15?23.226
via Annaberg, fast, main-road sweepers; GTi boy racers ? Try and follow me and weep.

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L407/L117 Ratten - Pfaffensattel - Spittal
N47?33.700 E15?48.360
Narrow, bumpy north side. The south is longer and much more pleasant. An average ride but the roads to the south make it worthwhile, rather than going round on the S6

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Town logo B21 Kalte Küchl
2005-07-15

N47?53.229 E15?41.005
At the junction of the Ochssattel/Rohrer Sattel and Kleinzell roads is a large, lonely, fairly ordinary restaurant. If you come here on a wet day in autumn then that's what you'll see. Come here on a warm weekend in summer and it's a different story.There is a fairly big car-park out front, but this is normally packed with bikes of all descriptions lining both roads forabout 100yds. It's called the Kalte Küchl (Cold Kitchen) but it does serve hot food. It is within a leisurely day's ride from Vienna even on a chopper, and is at a junction of two brilliant roads. The food is OK, prices reasonable, and there's always someone to talk bike with or give route tips. It's also the ideal stop or start for the folowing routes:

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B21 Ochssattel - Rohrer Sattel Bronze medal symbol
2005-07-15

don't miss Twisty N47?53.224 E15?39.327
The Ochssattel is very twisty in places and typical of the roads in the hills around here. The surface has a few bumpy bits, as it's quite narrow and can't be repaired too often.
The last couple of miles just before Kalte Kuchl is so twisty we reckon it's one of the most intensly gripping (no pun intended) sections we know. Great !

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LH133/LH132 Kalte K?chl - Kleinzell - Hainfeld - Ramsau (Adamstal)
2005-07-20

don't miss Sweeper N47?57.264 E15?47.337
North from the Kalte Küchl is a small river along which runs one of the best roads in the area. And, of course, everyone knows that. The police have recently tried to ban bikes from the road because of the accidents (mostly, it must be said, due to Viennese "life-style" chopper riders thinking that their Harley can get round the bends the same as a Fireblade....). Luckily the police failed at the last attempt.
It's a narrow wooded valley with a sinuous, rather than twisty road.

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B27 Höllental to Reichenau
don't miss scenic route Sweeper N47?44.187 E15?47.101
Approach Schwarzau from either Pernitz, Hohenberg or Mariazell. Avoid during weekends, then you'll have the road to yourself. It's a tourist attraction, but that means a great surface running along a wide valley which narrows into a long gorge section.
Very varied, it includes fast straights and sweepers at the northern end, and some medium twisties in the southern and central bits. Because of the tourists there's nothing that busses couldn't easily negotiate. It can be very smooth in sections so take it easy when it's raining.
Watch-out for the corners marked with skull-and-crossbones....

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