Plöcken Pass is an absolute must for road lovers
Plöckenpass (Passo di Monte Croce Carnico) is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 1.370m (4,494ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Austria and Italy.
Where is the Plöckenpass?
Set high in the Carnic Alps mountain range, the pass links the Province of Udine in the northeastern Italian autonomous region Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the district of Spittal an der Drau at the western rim of the Austrian state of Carinthia. The pass was in use since the Middle Ages as part of the trade route between Aquileia and Salzburg.
How long is the Plöckenpass?
The road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Strada Statale 52bis on Italy and Bundesstraße 110 Plöckenpass Straße on Austria. The pass is 60km (37 miles) long running south-north from Tolmezzo (Province of Udine, in Italy) and Oberdrauburg (in the state of Carinthia in Austria).
Is the Plöckenpass difficult?
The road is not easy, with countless turns and twists. It includes 35 hairpin turns. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 1 and 1.5 hours.