Sölk Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.793m (5,882ft) above the sea level, located in the Austrian state of Styria.
Located in the Austrian Alps, the road to the summit is paved. It’s called Erzherzog-Johann-Straße. The road is very curvy with some hairpin turns. Since the late Bronze Age, the pass was used by people and later it worked as an important trade route. Even in the ancient times was delivered salt from the North by the hemmers via the Sölkpass to Italy and transported in return wine and spices, cereals and citrus fruits from South.
At the summit sits a small chapel known as Sölkpass Kapelle. It is generally closed during the winter months and opens around May again. The pass sits on the way from the village of Schöder (in the district of Murau) towards Gröbming (in the district of Liezen). The road runs along an idyllic alpine landscape with a magnificent mountain panorama. Starting from Schöder, the ascent is 13 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 887 meters. The average gradient is 6.8 %. The steepest parts reach 15%.
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