Rettenbachferner Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling



The highest public road in Europe.

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Climb Summary


Cycling Rettenbachferner, the highest paved road in Europe.

This is an amazing climb that has many features to it -- Rettenbachferner is not just another pretty face!

First, the Rettenbachferner is a Top 50 World Climb and simply a brute.  At just over eight miles it averages a 10.7% grade, and has a 2.5 mile stretch averaging just over 12%!  It really tests us from start to finish and is well worth the trip to Solden just for the challenge of the climb itself.

Any time you have to pay a toll on a narrow remote road, you have a sense you will likely get your money’s worth.


Car 18 EU, Motorcycle 5.5, bus 5.5, cyclists 00.00.  Smiley Face Images - Public Domain Pictures - Page 1   

Another good indicator that you are in for an excellent climb is if the climb starts below either a World Cup Ski Jump (e.g., Nebelhorn), or Rettenbachferner:

Kilometer signs along the entire route.

Free range for cows on this climb.

“MYTHIC WORLD CUP OPENING SÖLDEN Since the 2000/2001 season, the yearly held men’s and women’s Alpine Ski World Opening has been taking place on Sölden’s Rettenbach Glacier. This ultimate World Cup season kick-off attracts thousands of visitors and sports fans to the valley”  ( - Your Skiing Glacier).


View from road just above World Cup finish and ½ mile from top of climb.

Steepest Gradients by Distance:

This climb is fairly well known in Europe, having been included multiple times in both the Deutschland Tour, and the Tour de Suisse.

And, if the challenge of the climb and unique opportunity to ride to a World Cup finish isn’t enough to prompt a go at this exceptional climb, it happens to be one of the highest road in all of Europe![1]  It’s a bucket list climb in our opinion.  



[1] Pico de Veleta in Spain is unquestionably higher than Rettenbachferer, which is second by a good margin.