A scenic mountain road to Ofen Pass in Switzerland

Ofen Pass, also known as Fuorn Pass, is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.156m (7,073ft) above the sea level, located in the Engiadina Bassa/Val Müstair Region of the Swiss canton of Graubünden.


Is Ofen Pass paved?

Set high on the most eastern corner of the country, the road to the summit (known as Ofenpass, Passo del Forno and Passo del Fuorn) is totally paved. It’s called Route 28. The name of the pass is based on the ovens that were used in ironworks in the area. The ruins of these ovens can still be seen from nearby trails. The first road through the pass was built in 1864.

How long is Ofen Pass?

The road is 31.3 km (19.44 miles) long running west-east from Zernez to Val Müstair. The traffic is somewhat moderate even though it should be an obvious through route, but heavy lorry traffic probably much prefer Reschen Pass (Passo di Rèsia).

Is Ofen Pass challenging?

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 14.3 % of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. This road is usually open all year round, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Remember to strictly follow the speed limits. The local police is often hidden behind houses with a radar gun and Swiss tickets are damned expensive.