R04 - Sisikon to Rickenbach
Driving around the Alps is quite an experience. You have not yet passed one corner or the next one is coming. As you climb from the valley, see the landscape change from wooded slopes with splashing waterfalls to alpine meadows where no trees can be found and asphalt roads that cut through the eternal snow. When you arrive at the top of the mountain, enjoy phenomenal views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, as if you were standing on the roof of the world. For me that is pure enjoyment and that is why I rate this route with 5 stars.

The route starts at the Hotel Tellsplatte on the wonderfully beautiful Vierwaldstätter See. The first part you drive along the water, every now and then the beautiful view is interrupted by a tunnel. In Burglen you follow the route towards the Klausenpass, which is quickly reached. After driving well and 10 kilometers you will find yourself again between the green meadows between which the asphalt is beautifully curly laid out. Wherever you look, it is a joy to see. Switzerland at its best.
The Klausenpass is traditionally not as important as other mountain passes, although it is the only one in the region. In 1899 the pass road was opened, which was later little modified, only repaved. Most of the pass road is quite narrow. Due to the high costs, the Klausenpass is closed in winter. Because it is difficult to combine with other mountain passes, the Klausenpass is not as popular as the Furkapass or Grimselpass, for example. However, that doesn't make it any less beautiful.
The climb to the top of the Klausen Pass is accompanied by great views of green valleys and snow-capped peaks. Once at the top you have a beautiful view of the road you have just traveled. Definitely take a picture!

After the last hairpin bend of the Klausen Pass you meander through the valley towards Mollis and Oberurnen. In the latter place it is time for a well-deserved cup of coffee. From the elevated terrace of this establishment you have a pleasant view while enjoying your coffee.

After coffee, you will swing for a while on the road with number 3 and then turn left in Schübelbach to start the ascent of the Sattelegg, a pass with a pass height of 1190 meters. Despite this low altitude, there is still a winter sports area on top of this pass. With no less than 1 kilometer and 1 lift. But still, with snow you can get on the skis. Hopefully you will not see snow while driving this route and you can enjoy the beauty that this pass has to offer. These are wonderful curves in addition to the beautiful green landscape! A few hairpin bends at the start and nice twists.
At the bottom of the Sattelegg descent you come to Sihlsee, an artificial lake created by damming the Sihl River and flooding part of the upper Sihl Valley. The lake is the largest artificial lake in Switzerland in terms of surface area with a maximum length of 8.5 kilometers and a maximum width of 2.5 kilometers. The maximum depth is 17 meters and it has an estimated volume of 96,000,000 m3.

The route runs from the Sihlsee towards the Ratenpas, a pass with a height of 1077 meters. The pass has some great curves that you can pass quite quickly, the pass has a length of about 9 kilometers. Not a spectacular distance, but the incredibly smooth asphalt and the view over the green pastures more than makes up for that.

At the bottom of the descent you have arrived at Lake Ägerisee, a lake of 7.2 km². The main influx is the Hüribach, the outflow is the Lorze. The Ägerisee has been used as a drinking water reservoir since 1992. Water from the lake is still used for this.

After you have left the Ägerisee behind you, you have the opportunity to visit the local stalactite caves in the Lorze valley near Baar. The caves of Höllgrotten are unlike any other stalactite caves in the world. While other caves were carved out of bedrock by underground watercourses in a process of millions of years, the Höllgrotten Caves were formed on the surface in a relatively short period of about 3000 years, making them relatively "young". Definitely worth a visit!

After the underground natural beauty, it is high time to take care of the inner man. This is easy to do at Restaurant Buchenegg, located in a beautiful location with a large outdoor terrace from which you have a great view over the valley below. Just walk to the edge of the terrace. Don't forget the photo camera!

The route continues meandering through the wonderfully beautiful surroundings. Then again beautiful green meadows where you drive in between, then pieces of forest that seem to never end. You drive unnoticed towards the German border.
However, before you reach the border with Germany, the Salhöhe pass is first on the route. This is the last Swiss pass in this route and has a pass height of 779 meters. However, the road over it is to feast on and now and then you really see that you are driving at height. The road will treat you to a series of great turns!
On top of the pass, there is a great opportunity for a short break to enjoy a cup of coffee or another drink.
Also in the descent you can enjoy the winding asphalt and the beautiful views that you get to see. The winding continues until Laufenburg where you cross the Rhine, leaving Switzerland behind. The beautiful Swiss country is exchanged for another great region: The Black Forest. Here too it is wonderful to steer and not unimportant: The police keep the coupon book in the pocket for 20 km / h longer. And if they bring it out, the sanctions are relatively low, especially by Dutch standards.

After the first kilometers through the Black Forest you will arrive at Alemannenhof Hotel Engel in Rickenbach. Great terrace and a hostess who knows how to keep a bunch of motorcyclists happy: Good food and a good pot of beer!

Have fun driving this route!
Höllgrotten Baar
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Baden-Württemberg (, German: [ˌbaːdn̩ ˈvʏʁtəmbɛʁk] (listen)) is a state (Land) in southwest Germany, east of the Rhine, which forms the southern part of Germany's western border with France. With more than 11 million inhabitants as of 2017 across a total area of nearly 35,752 km2 (13,804 sq mi), it is the third-largest German state by both area (behind Bavaria and Lower Saxony) and population (behind North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria). As a federated state, Baden-Württemberg is a partly-sovereign parliamentary republic. The largest city in Baden-Württemberg is the state capital of Stuttgart, followed by Mannheim and Karlsruhe. Other cities are Freiburg im Breisgau, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Pforzheim, Reutlingen, Tübingen, and Ulm. What is now Baden-Württemberg was formerly the historical territories of Baden, Prussian Hohenzollern, and Württemberg. Baden-Württemberg became a state of West Germany in April 1952 by the merger of Württemberg-Baden, South Baden, and Württemberg-Hohenzollern. These states had just been artificially created by the Allies after World War II out of the existing traditional states Baden and Württemberg by their separation over different occupation zones. Baden-Württemberg is especially known for its strong economy with various industries like car manufacturing, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, the service sector, and more. It has the third highest gross regional product (GRP) in Germany. Part of the Four Motors for Europe, some of the largest German companies are headquartered in Baden-Württemberg, including Daimler AG, Porsche, Robert Bosch GmbH and SAP. The sobriquet Ländle (a diminutive of the word "Land" in the local Alemannic and Franconian dialects) is sometimes used as a synonym for Baden-Württemberg.
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Route collections
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View route collection From Innsbruck to Holland in 7 days
About this route collection
The Alps, a mountain range in Europe stretching from the French Mediterranean coast in the southwest to the Pannonian plain in the east, almost always guarantee beautiful routes. It can hardly be boring there. The many passes, views and variations in the landscape make the Alps a true motorcycle paradise. Driving around the Alps is really quite an experience. You have not yet passed one corner or the next one is coming. While climbing from the valley, see the landscape change from wooded slopes with splashing waterfalls to alpine meadows where there is no longer a tree and asphalt roads that cut the eternal snow. Arrived at the top of the mountain, enjoy phenomenal views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, as if you were standing on the roof of the world.

The 7 routes of this collection lead you from Austria to the Netherlands via Italy, Switzerland, Germany and a few kilometers France. Various passes are visited, including the Tonale, the Gavia, the Stelvio, the St Gotthard, the Grimsel and so I can go on for a while. Each one of them is a pleasure to ride.
You would think that after the Alps the fun is over, but nothing could be further from the truth. From the Alps you drive through Switzerland into the Black Forest. You can enjoy yourself for a week in that area alone. From the Black Forest you drive to the Eifel, also a famous area among motorcyclists. Consider, for example, the busy Nürburgring.
The last part of the route is on the motorway, because then you have arrived in a non-interesting area: the Ruhr area. Busy, drab and gray. Reason to do this via the highway, then you will get through it quickly. Driving inside is not an issue here. You drive from one town into another, often with lots of traffic lights and correspondingly heavy traffic.

A few attractions are discussed per route in the review. These often tell something about the history of the area in which you are driving. Fun facts, quite educational. Often there are also indicated places where you can find some entertainment, for example a suspension bridge at a great height. You are completely free to visit these sights, you can of course also determine your own interesting points.
But the most important thing you've probably traveled to this area for is simply driving. And as mentioned above, you are in a true motorcycle paradise where the steering is fantastic!

Each route ends at a hotel. It is of course not an obligation to use these hotels, you can always find another place to stay in the area, you are completely free. However, my experience is that they are all simple but good hotels for a very reasonable price. They are known and can be booked via booking.com.

The routes of these collections:

R01 - Innsbruck to Stelvio, 289km
R02 - Stelvio to Maccagno, 264km
R03 - Maccagno to Sisikon, 271km
R04 - Sisikon to Rickenbach, 273km
R05 - Rickenbach to Forbach, 253km
R06 - Forbach to Kirchberg, 288km
R07 - Kirchberg to Arnhem, 400km

Have fun riding these routes!