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Inferno Mürren downhill

In the theatre of Alpine scenery, the Inferno Mürren downhill is one of the most dramatic and challenging 4 wheel experiences on Earth. Located in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, the downhill ski track is 14.9km long on a slope of up to 60% over ice, loose rock, mud, broken asphalt, grass and gravel. The route is in dreadful condition and demands 100% concentration.

Located in the Swiss Alps, the track is 14.9 km long on a 2,170 metre vertical descent. The drive starts at Schilthorn, (best known as the mountain hideaway of Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service), at an elevation of 2.970m (9,744ft) above the sea level, and ends in Lauterbrunnen, at 800 m asl. It's one of the top#50 highest mountain roads in Europe.

  

The track is accessible only during the snow-free summer. The surface of the gruelling drive, strewn with boulders, includes ice, loose rock, wet mud, broken asphalt, grass and gravel. The trickiest passage is the gun barrel, a treacherously narrow gully.

  

Hurtling down the mountainside at a gradient of up to 60 percent it still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Stay away if you're scared of heights. It is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road. With 14.9km of ever-changing terrain words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Take a tip from the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race. The track is throwing up some of nature’s toughest challenges: 180-degree bends, lung-bursting climbs and frozen forest paths.

Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. At an altitude of 2,970 metres the weather can be unpredictable, to say the least. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Fog and mist patches make for poor visibility.

 




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