Klausen Pass

Klausen Pass

Klausen Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.948m (6,391ft) above the sea level, located in the the central Swiss Alps. It’s said there are 136 curves with a difference in altitude of 1.237 meters (bottom to top) to reach the summit.

Serpentine by serpentine the incredibly scenic drive that links the cantons of Uri and Glarus pulls up in front of a beautiful mountain panorama way up the pass summit. The road is asphalted. The Klausen Pass is the first "major" alpine pass you reach driving south from Zurich, in fact, using the highway you can be at the foot of the pass in a little over 1 hour - it really is a passage directly into the heart of the Alps. At the summit there are a gift shop, a snack bar and a public toilet. The road is closed from November to June-July due to the high snowfall on the pass.

There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Linthal, the ascent is 23 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.300 meters. The average percentage is 5.7 %. And starting from Altdorf, the ascent is 24.6 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.497 meters. The average percentage is 6.1 %. The maximum slope is 10%.

The road to the top is called Klausenstrasse. It was opened in 1948. It’s a pleasant road with a great view and very good surface, well known spot for motor bikers, and cyclists. At the top of the pass is a historic chapel. The drive never gets too busy. This is a must drive if you can deal with a very narrow curvy mountain road. The pass is littered with tiny alpine villages.


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