Tip for safe driving in Carinthia's Dobratsch

It is thanks to the pioneering spirit of the 1950s that there are several unique mountain passes and roads in Austria’s Alps that enable everyone to enjoy the wonderful mountains and dreamy views. One of these top mountain roads is Villach Alpine Road, which proceeds from Villach-Möltschach up to the Dobratsch. The 16.5 km mountain route suits pleasure-oriented riding and driving on both two or four wheels. There are rest points all along the side of the road and viewing points which tempt you to enjoy a relaxing break. We have compiled a few tips for you as to how you can enjoy your excursion on Villach Alpine Road, in the greatest possible safety.

Please note our current safety information and possible blocks at sections of the road on the start page.


Fun driving

throughout the year

Whether spring, summer, autumn or winter –Villach Alpine Road can be driven throughout the year and Villacher Alpe has its very own charm during every season! The road conditions are excellent, the incline is  moderate, and you head uphill through wonderful twists and turns. A visit to one of the numerous experience worlds, a little stroll or even a summit hike to the Dobratsch  tempt you to enjoy an excursion drive or ride. The refreshment stop options on the Alpine road provide culinary variety. A trip on Villach Alpine Road – that is pure pleasure!

Worlds of experience
Foresight - better than hindsight 

Consider that in higher locations in particular, things happen fast, the weather may change, snow might be falling, and the road could be slippery – adapt your driving to suit the road conditions. For motorcyclists especially, a few sections of the road require a good level of fitness, driving expertise and/or experience of the mountains. To fully enjoy tours, you should not overestimate your abilities. Find out more here about all the offers, services and tips for motorcycling on Villach Alpine Road. 

Speed 70 km/hr: Drive slower - enjoy more! 

In keeping with the maxim ‘Views, not speed’ and ‘Cruising, not racing’, Villach Alpine Road – just like all the other experience roads managed by GROHAG have set a speed limit of 70 km/hr. After all, those who drive more slowly, will simply have more time to look, marvel and enjoy themselves – protecting humans and nature at the same time! Find out more about the themes of ‘Slow Driving’ and sustainability on the Villach Alpine Road here

Better braking! 

Before you set off on a journey across passes and Alpine roads you definitely ought to check your brake fluid and replace it if necessary. Tip for mountain descending: on considerable descents drop down to second, at times even first gear and use the engine brake. Drivers of automatic vehicles should set the gearshift to manual or level 1-2-3. Just take a look at your operating instructions before starting off! 

Meadow landscape Villach Alpine Road | © villacher-alpenstrasse.at/Kolarik

Broken down? It happens … 

In spite of taking care and making preparations for your pleasure-filled tours, your vehicle can break down, so our road service is always by your side to assist and of course provide replacement vehicles from the automobile club. 

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