7. stage: Zernez - Sölden
At 2,780 m, the seventh stage will reach the highest point of the 81st Tour de Suisse. After starting in Zernez, the route travels through the Lower Engadine before crossing the Austrian border at Martina and via Landeck to the entrance of the Ötztal. After passing through Sölden, the route once again travels along the steep 13 km Gletscherstrasse. Due to construction works at the Rettenbach glacier, the seventh stage will end 2.8 km further and with an additional 110 metres of altitude at the foot of the Tiefenbach glacier. ‘There is a final treat in store for the best climbers of the Tour de Suisse,’ Loosli promises. ‘In the very last section, there is a 1.7 km-long tunnel.’
Start in Zernez
Zernez - at the center of the Engadin
Nestled at the foot of Montet Hill and sheltered from the wind, Bex village is located at the meeting point of the two valleys of Avançon de Nant and Avançon d’Anzeindaz. Higher up, Pont-de-Nant and the Solalex pasture make for wonderful excursions, in an abundant, welcoming natural environment, forming a haven of peace and healing for many visitors. With more than 3000 mountain plants classified by region, “La Thomasia” Alpine garden at Pont-de-Nant is the entrance to the Vallon de Nant Natural Reserve.
Crisscrossing clay-like soil, the vineyards of Bex produce a characteristic wine whose fame goes way beyond the canton’s borders. A large number of other natural sources feed the network with exceptional quality drinking water while a salt mine supplies the entire population in the Canton. The Salt Mines are also a not-to-be-missed attraction to visit while in the area.
A large number of events are organised in Bex regularly, such as the tri-annual “Bex & Art” – an exhibition of huge contemporary sculptures of national importance in a fantastic natural setting.
Tour de Suisse – How to get there
The Rhaetian Railway operates a service to Zernez from Scuol (8:34), St. Moritz (8:47 / 9:02) and Klosters Platz (9:01 / 9:33). Go to www.sbb.ch for full timetable details.
PostBus / Silvestri Bus
The PostBus and the Silvestri Bus operate a service to Zernez from Müstair (8:30) and Livigno (9:00) respectively. Buses do not stop at the Center dal Parc Naziunal bus stop between 9 am and 3 pm.
On 16 June 2017 the No. 7 bus (Terretaz PostBus) will be running to schedule at 08:20 from Chamues-ch, Plaz to Zuoz, Railway Station. Change in Zuoz, Railway Station for the No. 7 bus (Engadin Bus) at 08:36 from Zuoz, Railway Station to Zernez.
08:41 from S-chanf, Chesa Cumünela
08:59 from Brail
Arrival in Zernez, Railway Station at 09:09.
Expect traffic congestions and delays in Zernez on 16 June 2017. All deviations will be signposted. Parking is available at the railway station in Zernez (10 minutes’ walk to the Start area). We recommend that you use public transport.
Trafic plan Zernez
Arrival instructions Zernez
|10.30 - 13.15|
Opening of the Start area
|10.30||Opening Zernez SkyLoung|
|11.00||Dance performance by the Zernez Community School|
|11.45||Jazzercise performance (Dance & fitness programm)|
|12.16||Rider's sign in|
|12.16||Start of advertising caravan|
|13.16||Start of stage 7|
|Followed by||Public viewing of the race and convivial get-together at the Restaurant Ceter da Sport|
Finish in Sölden
Sölden right amidst Ötztal's splendid Mountain & Glacier World
Already for the third time, the ultimate Tour de Suisse leads towards Sölden - the unrivaled Hot Spot in the Alps.
This awe-inspiring region ranks among Europe's most popular holiday destinations, attracting visitors from around the world not only in winter. Also in the summer season Sölden makes a renowned spot for hikers, cyclists and mountain bikers. Besides endless cycle and MTB tours beyond 3000 m above sea level, the area boasts incredible 687 kilometers of biking routes for all ability levels. There is something for all tastes.
Embedded in the stunning Alpine scenery, Sölden also offers unlimited shopping, sports and recreational attractions for families, groups and extreme sportsmen. In addition, the holiday resort hosts internationally renowned cycle events but also varied other sport events and music highlights.
Sölden is Austria's second biggest village in size and has about 3000 inhabitants. The entire municipal territory is covered with 146 km² of glaciers and 321 km² of mountain summits, Alps or forests while the constructed area is only 1 km². As Sölden has almost two million bednights per year and 15,000 guest beds, it ranks among Austria's most important tourism regions.