Old Axenstrasse

Old Axenstrasse

The Old Axenstrasse is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in Central Switzerland, with a length of 3,4 km. This old road was bypassed by the European route E41. Stay away if you're scared of heights. 

The road, with panoramic views, it’s a world-famous tourist attraction. The drive is definitely worth it. This road is only open for bicycles and pedestrians now. All others have to use the new road. The road was built along steep cliffs on the east side of Lake Lucerne, weaving through many rock fall galleries and tunnels along its route.

Adverse weather conditions are common. Ice and snow can be on the way. Upon completion in 1865, the Axenstrasse was the first way to get to Uri that did not involve navigating Lake Lucerne. The route between the Axen Mountain and Flüelen existed in 1776 as the Landstrasse (country road). Construction on a new road to connect Flüelen to Brunnen began in 1861, and was completed in 1865. It was named the Axenstrasse because the road is located along the Axen Mountain. 
Pic: Tomasz Pylak