An up-to-date list of our partner businesses, motorcycle friendly accommodations, campsites and caravan parks can be found at www.deutsche-alpenstrasse.de.
With BMW On Demand, you can rent your dream car by the hour from the BMW Welt in Munich. Experience driving joy for as long as you want. From BMW 1s and 5s, to sporty BMW M3s and luxurious BMW 6s - multiple series offering numerous fascinating BMW models.
Book in the BMW Welt, Munich or visit
rtCars Porsche Tours
Porsche RT Cars offers the opportunity to experience the German Alpine Road in a legendary Porsche - from a Carrera Cabrio Porsche Turbo to the unique GT3 RS models of the Carrera Cup series. As part of Porsche tours, all models can be driven one after another.
rtCars Touren mit Porsche Sportwagen
Gebirgsjägerstraße 1, 83661 Lenggries
Tel. +49 (0) 176 17911911
The company Mietoldtimer&Mehr offers a wide range of options: from luxury vintage like the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud to modern classics like the BMW 520i. Rent your classic car for a day-trip, a weekend get-away, or a week's tour. Mietoldtimer & More offer extras such as booking hotel rooms and/or organized excursions.
Moostetten 1, 85669 Pastetten
Tel. +49 (0) 89 324 927 780
The EFA Automobilmuseum Amerang offers private groups and event agencies the opportunity to drive classics from the history of the car. They also offer „Fahrten für Jedermann" (Rides for everyone) several times a year, where the opportunity is given to drive a vintage car.
EFA Museum Amerang
Wasserburger Straße 33, 83123 Amerang
Tel.: +49 (0) 8075 8141
May through October is the best time for a tour along the German Alpine Road. During the day we recommend the‚ 'Onion Look' (layered dressing). It's worth remembering that the route runs at around 1,000 m (3,300 ft) above sea-level, and so can be cool in the evening. A warm pullover and a wind-proof jacket are just as essential in your luggage as sunscreen and sunglasses. Your swimming gear and/or a picnic basket and blanket wouldn't go amiss in the summer months too; it would be a shame to merely drive past all the stunning lakes. Good footwear is recommended - not only if you hike but for regular sight-seeing excursions too.
Across Europe fire and rescue services can be reached 24/7 by the free telephone number 112 (no area code required). In Bavaria, dialling 112 will connect you immediately to a local integrated control centre.
Be mindful to refuel in time - filling stations are, unsurprisingly, fewer and further apart away from populated areas. Some filling stations are also only open during the day, though many of these still offer automated refuelling outside of their business hours with the use of a credit card.
For the entire distance we recommend you schedule four to seven days, clearly depending on whether it is done in a sporty manner or more leisurely taking in the many sights along the road. Of course, you can pick out individual sections to do, or break it up continuing where you left off another time. Appropriate breaks are of-course essential in any journey; not only to enjoy the great Alpine views, nor to marvel at the sights, but at least every two hours you should take a pitstop to maintain a healthy focus! A sip of fresh spring water from a fountain, a piece of fruit, or some exercise can all help you better concentrate.
If you're in a group, or would simply like to avoid handling hotel reservations, transfers and/or vehicle rentals, then put the organization in the hands of a professional.
Top Bavaria Travel GmbH
Schulstrasse 11, 80634 München
Tel. +49 (0) 089 13 00 09
Nearly 1,700 „Yellow Angels" (mobile mechanics) are available around the clock to help with breakdowns or accidents. ADAC members are spared costly towing and high workshop costs.
Domestic Roadside Assistance
Tel: +49 (0) 180 222 22 22
(0.06/min from German fixed lines).
Mobile tel: 22 22 22
(call charges vary depending on network operator / provider)
The route is signposted in both directions.
On the website www.deutsche-alpenstrasse.de you can also download and install the GPS data onto a suitable navigation device. Taking a good old paper-map and giving your co-pilot something to do is, of course, feasible - eg: ADAC AutoKarte Bayern Süd (ADAC Road map of southern Bavaria).
Despite all the excitement, driving carefully, observing all applicable road rules and regulations, and being mindful of current conditions are essential. Signs for road ice should be taken seriously, not only in winter, as treacherous black ice may form from moist air drawn in from nearby streams or lakes. Fallen leaves may lead to dangerous slippery surfaces too. Finally, the risk from animals crossing the roads, particularly at dusk, should not be underestimated.
The entire route is on toll-free roads.
Information services in towns and villages along the route will gladly answer any questions regarding accommodation, attractions, events, etc.
The radio station "Bayern 3" provides regular bulletins on traffic conditions. Traffic can also be monitored from the ADAC and "Bayerischen Rundfunks" websites as well as the App „BayernInfo Maps".
It's never a bad idea to check out the weather forecast (or to ask your accommodation host) before hitting the road - the weather can change quickly in the mountains. Better to be prepared for sudden thunderstorms with hailstones, or rogue summer snow showers.