A paved road to Brenner Pass, the lowest of the Alpine passes
Brenner Pass (Brennerpass/Passo del Brennero) is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 1.370m (4,495ft) above the sea level located on the Italian-Austrian border.
How long is Brenner Pass?
Set high in the Eastern Alpine range, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called E45 (in Italy A22, in Austria the A13), It’s a four-lane motorway built in the years 1833-45. It is one of the most important routes of north–south connections in Europe. The pass is 49.1km (30.5 miles) long, running from Sterzing (in South Tyrol in northern Italy) to Innsbruck (capital of Austria’s western state of Tyrol).
Where is Brenner Pass?
The pass links the province of Bolzano-South Tyrol in northeast Italy and the district of Innsbruck-Land in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It has been one of the most important passages between the North Sea and the Italian peninsula through the Alps since ancient times.
Is Brenner Pass open?
Being the lowest of the Alpine passes of the area, it is usually open the whole year. The road is steep in parts, hitting a 10.7% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.