D219

D219, a scenic balcony road in France

4 unlit tunnels, 10 hairpin turns, severe drop offs 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. It’s one of the French balcony roads.

Tucked away in the Isère department in the southeastern French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the D219 road is totally paved. It’s 9km (5.59 miles) long, running north-south from Le Bourg-d'Oisans to Villard-Notre-Dame. 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.

Set high in the French Alps, the road carved into the sheer rock face, follows the Romanche river. This narrow and steep road features 9 hairpins turns and 4 unlit tunnels. The approximate driving time is 13 minutes, and during the winter months the road can be closed often due the snow.
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 surprising meanders, drive carefully, and above all don't miss the parking spaces that have been provided.

Along the way you'll cross 4 unlit and narrow tunnels:
Tunnel du Pontet (23m)
Tunnel de Villard notre Dame (365 m)
Tunnel de la Gardette (132m)
Tunnel de Forissier (119m)

 

 

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