4 unlit tunnels, 10 hairpin turns, severe dropoffs and narrow (very narrow) parts make the 219 one of the scariest roads in Europe. Impassable for two cars at the same time, driving this road becomes a challenge. Located in southeastern France, the road is carved into the sheer rock face. The drive will take some skill, some patience, and some tolerance for vertigo. It’s just 9km long. It’s one of the French balcony roads.
D219, which is carved into the sheer rock face, brings you up into the high mountains and ends at a picturesque village in the Isère department in southeastern France. A hairpin bend to the left, 8km away from Bourg-d'Oisans, brings into view the course of the lower Vallée du Vénéon, which ends at the Aiguille du Plat-de-la-Selle.
The road follows the Romanche river route, and has a total length of 9.8km. This narrow and steep road, without guardrails, includes 9 hairpins and 3 tunnels. The approximate driving time is 13 minutes, and during the winter months the road can be closed often due the snow. It runs as a single track road along the mountainside for some distance with nowhere to pass another vehicle. Here one says a prayer that nobody is coming towards you until the road widens some kilometres further.
This road is one of the most famous balcony roads in France. A balcony road is a hair-raising lane cut into the sides of sheer cliffs. It’s a kind of road not for those who fear heights. There is little room for error on these roads. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and narrow unlit tunnels. When you take this road as picturesque as it is narrow, with its many suprising meanders, drive carefully, and above all don't miss the parking spaces that have been provided.
It is surrounded by several well-known mountain resorts, including Alpe d'Huez and Les Deux Alpes. The Écrins National Park lies to the south-east of Le Bourg-d'Oisans. It's a spectacular, narrow road built like a balcony as it appears to overhang the Romanche Valley at times. This spectacular road starts in Le Bourg-d’Oisans, a little town in the Department of Isère, in the Rhone Alps, and finishes in Villard-Notre-Dame.
Along the way you'll cross 4 unlit&narrow tunnels:
Tunnel du Pontet (23m)
Tunnel de Villard notre Dame (365 m)
Tunnel de la Gardette (132m)
Tunnel de Forissier (119m)