EUROPEAN TOURING ROUTE

RIDE THE EUROPEAN TOURING ROUTE

European Touring Route leads the traveler through wild scenery, along unspoiled and rugged coastlines, through breathtaking mountain ranges and over fertile rural landscapes, with interesting locations and ETR Sites, hotels, and places to visit, along the way.

DISCOVER DENMARK BY MOTORCYCLE

DISCOVER DENMARK BY MOTORCYCLE

Take some days to discover all that Denmark has to offer, from great country roads and unspoilt rural landscapes, to medieval castles, culture, craft beers and great gastronomy.

EXPLORE THE CASTLES OF BAVARIA

EXPLORE THE CASTLES OF BAVARIA

When you get to Füssen, visit the castles of Bavarian King Ludwig II - Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau make for some spectacular photographs and great castle tours. You can explore both castles during the day, then explore the town of Füssen at night!

LOSE YOURSELF IN THE ALHAMBRA IN GRANADA

LOSE YOURSELF IN THE ALHAMBRA

The Moorish architecture of The Alhambra with it's Byzantine influences, makes for an exciting mix of cultures and styles, visible throughout this interesting UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can easily spend the whole day here!

CHILL OUT IN CADIZ, SPAIN

CHILL OUT IN CADIZ, SPAIN

After a long ride south, chill out in Cadiz, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in southwestern Europe.
Let your motorcycle cool off for a couple of days, and explore the Old Town on foot, it's the best way to take it all in!

The City of Northern Lights, Alta is a great choice for visitors seeking to experience the magic of the Northern Lights. Also called the Aurora Borealis, visitors have always been delighted by the Northern Lights, and there are many myths associated with them. When visiting Alta, you can learn more about what the Northern Lights actually are, and the best way of seeing them, and obviously, more about the myths and stories associated with them.

ALTA - THE CITY OF NORTHERN LIGHTS

Join European Touring Route for some great days and nights at Prague Harley Days - next year, and in the future!

PRAGUE HARLEY DAYS

Murcia - Lorca - Vélez Rubio - Olula del Río - Bayarque - Bacarés - Velefique - Tabernas - Huércal Overa - Murcia (451km)

ETR TOURS - THE SPANISH STELVIO

With 120 rooms spread over 5 floors, the bunker holds approximately 3,000m² of exhibition space, and temporary exhibitions are planned in close cooperation with with artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Elmgreen and Dragset, Robert Kusmirowski, Sarah Lucas, and Tobias Rehberger. A 500m² penthouse extension at roof level provides living space for the art collector and his family.

SAMMLUNG BOROS, BERLIN, GERMANY - Copyright Sammlung Boros, Berlin

Rent motorcycles in Nice, ride the ETR and explore Europe

Thinking about touring Europe on a rental motorcycle? A big round-trip of Europe? Ride the ETR in either direction? Not sure, where to start?

Let us help you make the right decision for your ETR motorcycle tour. This guide will help you choose the right start location, to enjoy the best motorcycle roads in Europe.

 

ETR TOURS AND RENTALS IN FRANCE

A very motorbike-friendly mountain road with many sharp hairpins and exhilarating scenery, Trollstigen is literally carved into the cliff face, dramatically crossing the Stigfossen waterfall, and elevating the traveller from the valley floor, into the dark and ominous clouds above.

TROLLSTIGEN, THE TROLL'S PATH, NORWAY

WHAT IS AN ETR SITE?

An ETR Site is a hotel, motel, guest house, B&B, caravan park or camping ground, situated on, or within driving distance of the main European Touring Route. An ETR Site provides a range of tourism-specific services, and sells ETR products and services to the touring people that overnight there, and choose that ETR Site as their base, for exploration of the local area.

BECOME AN ETR SITE PARTNER

Tromsø Camping is located in the wild Arctic nature, and our location is perfect for those who want to stay in the countryside, yet close to a vibrant city life - Tromsø city center is a 5 minute drive or a 30 minute walk, from here.

 

TROMSØ CAMPING, NORWAY

For more than four decades, the underground fortress, with it's heavy artillery guns, monitored all Warsaw Pact naval vessels, entering and leaving the Baltic Sea. The fortress was constructed to withstand a nuclear attack, and packed with radar, sonar and hydrophones, it could monitor all movements in the western Baltic, and react instantly in the event of an attack.

COLD WAR MUSEUM STEVNSFORT, DENMARK

Every year, we take the short ride from Denmark to the Hanseatic town of Lübeck in northern Germany, to check out the annual Hanse-Weekend motorbike event. After a great start in 2009, and over 200,000 visitors and 15,000 motorbikers in 2010, they expected around 25,000 motorbikes this year, from all over northern Europe and Scandinavia.

HANSE WEEKEND, LUBECK, GERMANY

The morning passed all too quickly, with a breathtaking 230km ride over the hills from Trollstigen, 108 kilometres of which, brought us along Sognefjellet National Tourist Route, the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe, at 1,434 metres above sea level. The ride came to an end when Norway's highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen, suddenly came into view, meaning we had arrived at Jotunheimen National Park.

JOTUNHEIMEN NATIONAL PARK, NORWAY

COMBINE YOUR MOTORCYCLE TOUR WITH A REGULAR ROAD TRIP

Want to go travelling with your group of friends, but they don't ride motorcycles? They can just rent a car from CENTAURO, and carry all the luggage, supplies, food, water, tents, sleeping bags and petrol, and join the ride! 

CENTAURO RENT A CAR

WILD, RAW, HARD ROCK & METAL FESTIVAL IN THE DOCKLANDS

After a long ride from one of the four corners of Europe, it’s great to roll into the Copenhagen docklands and pitch the tents, all charged up for three days of hard, heavy, crunching, sweaty, loud, chaotic, unchained pandemonium - with lots of nice people, good food, good friends, great vibes, and a warm festival atmosphere!

Copenhagen is situated halfway along the ETR ROUTE, approximately the same distance from Nordkapp, as it is from Cadiz. This makes Copenhagen a natural ETR stopover location, so you might as well have some fun, while you're here!

COPENHELL, DENMARK

EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE GREAT COUNTRIES OF THE ETR

SPAIN - This spectacular country will stimulate your senses with magnificent scenery, jagged coastlines, great mountain roads, barren deserts, castles, warm weather, deep history, a strong and vibrant local culture, friendly people, sunshine, fun, flames, Flamenco, and many great local dishes and wines… and that's just for starters...

ETR // EXPLORE SPAIN

Atmospheric soundscapes inspired by the magnificent landscapes you pass through, when you ride / drive the ETR.

Music by ETR Music Director Robert Solheim.

ETR MUSIC DIRECTOR ROBERT SOLHEIM

The European Touring Route leads you to the Eidsvoll municipality in Akershus. Eidsvoll was the site where the constitutional assembly met, to draft and sign the Constitution of Norway, on the 17th of May, 1814. The building (Eidsvollbygningen) in which the meetings were held, is a famous museum today.

THE EIDSVOLL AREA, NORWAY

As part of an Industrial Heritage tour of Europe, I arrived at Zeche Zollverein in Essen at about 3pm, after a great ride through the backroads of northern Germany. I spent 6 hours that evening floating around the eerie, deserted landscape of Zollverein, a huge and widely spread mining complex.

ZOLLVEREIN, ESSEN, GERMANY

With it's broad streets and grand Allées, diversity of architecture, beautiful rivers, lakes, bridges, parks and gardens, and infinite layers of history and culture, Berlin is close to the top of the list of great cites for immersing yourself in culture and history, anywhere in the world.

BERLIN, GERMANY

WHAT WE OFFER:

ETR has established an extensive network of touring clubs, organisations, federations, groups, motorcycle riders and other tourist types. By tethering your brand to ETR, you obtain emotional differentiation, increased brand awareness and visibility, and a great way to reinforce your image, increase retail traffic and increase sales. As an ETR Sponsor, you'll have strong visibility throughout our network, and can attract new customers to your business for future growth.

BECOME AN ETR SPONSOR

European Touring Route works to develop motorcycle tourism in Europe, and attract European and foreign motorcycle, car, camper van and bicycle tourists to travel in Europe.

We see an opportunity to work together with local motorcycle riders, who want to "combine business with pleasure”. We are looking for motorcycle riders who want to be our contacts around Europe, and take care of a defined geographical area.

BECOME AN ETR LOCAL AREA MANAGER

SILKROAD 4.0 is an ongoing promotional odyssey where adventure meets technology

We share our love for Adventure travelling, high technology, and for bringing people together, by broadcasting how European technology enables and facilitates long distance motorcycle adventures. Along the way, we demonstrate bleeding-edge technologies, interview technology experts, and promote companies, partnerships, new tech, initiatives, and hold keynote presentations at conventions and events, where we share our discoveries. SILKROAD 4.0 is a constantly-evolving business development and technology scouting expedition, linking China with Europe, across Asia.

SILKROAD 4.0 - FUTURE OF TRAVEL CONSORTIUM

The Atlantic Wall, an extensive system of coastal fortifications, was built between 1942 and 1944 by the German Third Reich, to defend against an anticipated Allied invasion of mainland Europe. Stretching over 5,000km along the western coast of Europe, it runs from the top of Norway down to the top of Spain, and consists of many different types of concrete fortifications, from ammunition bunkers, to gun emplacements, to supply depots and submarine stations. Over the years, we have visited all of the sites along the entire length of the Atlantic Wall, and one of the highest concentrations of fortifications can be found at Hanstholm, on the west coast of Denmark.

HANSTHOLM BUNKERMUSEUM, DENMARK

ETR CAMP ALTA IS YOUR BASE FOR EXPLORING FINNMARK

After the long and eventful ride (or drive) from southern Europe, you can look forward to some relaxing days at ETR CampAlta, where you can unwind and recharge in these beautiful surroundings by the Alta River, before taking the last stage of the ETR, to Nordkapp. Before you leave, you can also reserve a cabin for your return trip from Nordkapp, a couple of days later.

ETR CAMP ALTA, FINNMARK, NORWAY

THE LONGEST MC EVENT IN EUROPE

ETR SWEDISH TOURING ROUTE

MURCIA, ALBACETE, GRANADA, ALMERIA

Murcia - Cieza - Socovos - Calasparra - Elche de la Sierrra - Riópar - Siles - Jaén - Parque Natural de Cazorla - Pontones - La Puebla de Don Fadrique - Caravaca de la Cruz - Murcia (427km)

ETR TOURS - THE FOUR PROVINCES ROUTE, SPAIN

With 12,638 kilometers of country roads from Nordkapp to Cadiz, the European Touring Route leads the motorcycle tourist through wild scenery, along unspoiled and rugged coastlines, through breathtaking mountain ranges and over fertile rural landscapes, with interesting locations and ETR Sites, hotels, attractions, and places to visit and buy local products, along the way.

ETR - 12,638 KILOMETERS OF GREAT ROADS THROUGH EUROPE

ANNA ALEKSANDROVNA
Motorcycle Racing Performance Coach, can show you how...

What's the point in spending a fortune on an extra horsepower, if you are not capable of exploiting it’s potential? To get optimum results in motorcycle racing, whether on-road or offroad, or even overland travel, is not just about having the best bike on the market, but also has very much to do with body performance. Unless you can personally function at 100%, there is no way that you will be able to realise the full potential of your motorbike.

ANNA ALEKSANDROVNA, Motorcycle Racing Performance Coach

ETR IS SPONSORED BY CENTAURO RENT A CAR

The ETR ROUTE is sponsored by our preferred car hire company, Centauro Rent a Car. We always rent Centauro cars when we’re in Spain or Portugal, for ETR Tours, ETR Events, and for researching new routes, locations and destinations.

CENTAURO RENT A CAR

Thon Hotel Alta is a modern business hotel which is also well suited to holiday travellers, and makes a perfect base for exploring Alta and its Arctic surroundings.

 

THON HOTEL ALTA, NORWAY

Monster Energy supports development of the European Touring Route concept, through promotion and proliferation of the ETR brand, through concert tours, by throwing great parties, and making the coolest events they can think of.

ETR SPONSOR - MONSTER ENERGY

ETR takes you to The Atlantic Road – with amazing viewpoints along the road, wild nature and sharp turns. It’s on the British newspaper The Guardian's list of the world's best road trips.

THE ATLANTIC ROAD, NORWAY

On the road from Nordkapp to Cadiz, recently, I called in to visit an old friend of mine in Sweden, and in the years that have passed since we last saw each other, Lukas Östberg has been a busy man, starting quite a few new businesses and ventures.

Definitely the most flavour-filled and gastronomically interesting of them is Höganäs Brewery, a Swedish Beer Laboratory with international influences, built on long hours, hard work, blood, sweat, and great beers!

 

HÖGANÄS BREWERY, BREW PUB AND GARAGE BAR, SWEDEN

Hotel Alexandra is a family-run hotel, located in the inner reaches of Nordfjord. It is renowned for its distinctive, personal atmosphere. Centuries-old traditions have been combined with modern hotel operations, and an eye for style and comfort.

HOTEL ALEXANDRA BATH AND SPA, NORDFJORD, NORWAY

On the way southeast out of Berlin, you should take a ride along Mühlenstraße and visit the East Side Gallery. Famous for many reasons, the East Side Gallery is one of the largest open-air art exhibitions in the world, as well as the one that has existed for the longest time. It features murals by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990, just after East suddenly became West, and the overpowering desire for freedom dissolved what was known as the "Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart" (In German: Antifaschistischer Schutzwall).

EAST SIDE GALLERY, BERLIN, GERMANY

HIGHLIGHTS FROM HORSENS STATE PRISON MOTORCYCLE FESTIVAL 2015

If a picture speaks a thousand words, here are 100,000 words… and 100 good reasons to ride European Touring Route to Horsens State Prison Motorcycle Festival !!

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EUROPEAN TOURING ROUTE MOTOR AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

23-25 September, 2016
Murcia, Spain

Some highlights from a wild and exciting weekend of Motorcycles, Touring, Culture, Parties, Friends, and some great rock bands and DJ’s in Murcia..

ETR EVENTS IN MURCIA, SPAIN

DRIVE THE ETR YOUR OWN WAY !!

As experienced drivers from the motor racing industry, McQueens have what it takes, to be a solid sponsor and partner for European Touring Route, infusing a clear element of style, charisma, and timelessness into the ETR concept. When one of these supercars blazes past you on the ETR, you know exactly who you have been overtaken by!!

MCQUEENS - DRIVE THE ETR YOUR OWN WAY !!

EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE GREAT REGIONS ALONG THE ETR

La Costa Cálida is calling - what are you waiting for? 

This spectacular region will stimulate your senses with magnificent scenery, jagged coastlines, great mountain roads, barren deserts, castles, warm weather, deep history, a strong and vibrant local culture, friendly people, sunshine, fun, flames, Flamenco, and many great local dishes and wines… and that's just for starters...

ETR TOURS - MURCIANA COASTAL ROUTE, SPAIN

RIDER SAFETY - EU GUIDES, REPORTS AND PROGRAMMES

Rider Safety ranks very high on ETR's list of priorities, and we work hard to promote a safe riding environment for riders to enjoy the ETR route. This is one of the reasons we avoid large cities and heavy traffic on motorways, and focus on well-maintained country roads. Below, you will find some interesting and informative guides and manuals relating to Rider Safety, produced by various panels and groups of experts in the field. 

ETR RIDER SAFETY

One of the most beautiful monumental sites ever built by man, and very accessible by motorbike, The Alhambra will take you back through 1,200 years of history, stimulate your senses, and give you an architectural and cultural experience that you'll always remember.

THE ALHAMBRA, GRANADA, SPAIN

The explorative road trip, and the freedom of making your own motorbike trip through the countries of Europe. Motorbike Europe A/S is a Danish company that promotes motorcycle tourism across the old national borders in Europe, through the cradle of Western culture. Motorbike Europe A/S is your guide throughout all corners of the individual European countries.

ETR SPONSOR - MOTORBIKE EUROPE

The Norwegian Olympic Museum is the only museum in Northern Europe that presents a comprehensive history of both the Summer and Winter Olympics. From the very beginning in 776 BC, to today's modern games. This national cultural treasure has fascinated Norwegians for over 100 years. With over 7,000 artifacts on display, it is Norway's most extensive sports exhibition. There are three areas in the Norwegian Olympic Museum: a history section, Lillehammer 94, and the Olympic Room.

THE LILLEHAMMER REGION, NORWAY

Situated 460km from Nordkapp, and only 390km southeast of Alta and the ETR, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is an unforgettable, unique and enchanting hotel and travel destination, buried in the wild heart of Finnish Lapland.

Here, you can unplug yourself from the modern world, relax and recharge, in one of the world famous glass igloos, or warm and cosy log cabins, while you enjoy the experience of a lifetime, surrounded by Lapland’s vast nature and interesting culture.

KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT, FINNISH LAPLAND

Murcia - Mazarrón - Águilas - Mojácar - El Mirador de la Plaza Nueva - Carboneras - Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata - San José - Desierto de Tabernas - Sorbas - Vera - Murcia (522km)

ETR TOURS - THE ALMERIA ROUTE, SPAIN

Hotel Alexandra is a family-run hotel, located in the inner reaches of Nordfjord. It is renowned for its distinctive, personal atmosphere. Centuries-old traditions have been combined with modern hotel operations, and an eye for style and comfort.

HOTEL ALEXANDRA BATH AND SPA, NORDFJORD, NORWAY

Murcia - Crevillente Canyon - Xixona - Puerto de la Carrasqueta - Confrides - Guadalest - Altea -
Vilajoiosa - El Campello - Murcia (335km)

ETR TOURS - ALICANTE ROUTE, SPAIN

Murcia - Cartagena - Sierra de la Muela - Bateria de Castillitos - Cope Cape - Puntas de Calnegre - Aguilas - Parador de Lorca - Murcia (254km)

ETR TOURS - MURCIANA COASTAL ROUTE, SPAIN