San Bernardino Pass

The curvy road to San Bernardino Pass was built in 1770

Passo di San Bernardino is a high mountain pass at an an elevation of 2.065m (6,775ft) above the sea level, located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

How long is Passo di San Bernardino?

Nestled in the Swiss Alps the road to the summit is totally paved but very winding, with more than 40 hairpin turns. It’s called Route 13. It’s a difficult road, with uncountable turns and twists. The pass is 30.6 km (19.01 miles) long, running north-south from Hinterrhein, a village in the Viamala Region towards Mesocco, a municipality in the Moesa Region. The pass links the Hinterrhein and the Mesolcina valleys.

Is San Bernardino Pass open?

Set high in the Lepontine Alps, the road is only open from May to November but can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. At the summit you’ll find a small lake with deep blue water and a hospice. The pass is pretty steep, hitting a 9,7% through some of the ramps. The scenic route includes majestic views of Switzerland at its best

When was the Passo di San Bernardino road built?

The road to the summit is very scenic with stunning views. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey. The pass has been in use since Roman times. The route first became important as a mule track in the fifteenth century. A road for wheeled vehicles was opened in 1770; this road was significantly improved between 1821 and 1823. Traffic flow was much facilitated when in 1967, the San Bernardino road tunnel was completed, since then vehicle traffic on the pass has been reduced, benefiting those taking the time to avoid the tunnel. The pass takes its present name from San Bernardino of Siena, who is said to have preached here in the early 15th C.

 

 

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