The Loibl Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.367m (4,485ft) above the sea level, located in the Southern Limestone Alps, on the border between Austria and Slovenia.
The serpentine road over the pass is gravel, narrow and pretty steep. It was bypassed by a tunnel built after the WWII by 1,000 war prisoners from the concentration camp Mauthausen and 800 other civilian workers. It opened on November, 15th, in 1963. It's the shortest connection between the Carinthian town of Ferlach and Tržič in Upper Carniola. Nowadays the road is in bad conditions. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
The road's winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. A memorial on the Slovenian side of the Loibl Pass commemorates the victims of the Loibl Süd forced labour camp, which existed between 1943 and 1945.
This pass is closed for all motorized vehicles all the year on both sides of the border. The street is only open for bicycles and for wanderers. You may get an exeption from the local police of the tiny village of Ferlach (Austrian side) but this exeption is only valid for the Austrian side. You have to turn around when you are an top of the pass because there starts the territory of Slovenia.
Pic: Markus Ortner
Road suggested by: Michael Spannlang