A lovely drive to Fluela Pass in the heart of the Swiss Alps

Flüela Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,391m (7,844ft) above sea level, located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

Fluela Pass

Where is Fluela Pass?

The pass is situated on the eastern part of the country, on the boundary between the Albula and Silvretta Alps, within the lower Engadin valley. It is one of the three paved road passes connecting Engadin with the northern Grisons, the other two being the Julier Pass and the Albula Pass.

When was the road through Fluela Pass built?

The current road was constructed in 1867 to facilitate the passage of stagecoaches.

How long is Fluela Pass?

The road to the summit, also known as Flüelapass, is completely paved. The pass has an immaculate road surface. It is called Route 28 (Flüela Pass Route). The pass is 25.4 km (15.78 miles) long, running from Davos to Susch.

Is Fluela Pass open?

The road is no longer open all year round since the 19km-long Vereina Tunnel opened in 1999. It is usually impassable from late December through early May. Due to the high avalanche danger, the pass is open only late in the evening and during nights when the sun is no longer shining into the hillsides. Then the gate opens up for traffic again.

Is Fluela Pass difficult?

The road to the summit is very steep, with a maximum gradient of 12% through some of the ramps. The road climbs and descends with winding curves, although many of these curves on the wider stretch of road soon become narrow towards their end, so this route will put your driving skills through their paces. It is a mix of mainly long straights and light curves, with 37 hairpin turns. The pass is usually not very busy with traffic.

How long does it take to drive Fluela Pass?

To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 40 and 45 minutes. When you reach the peak of this magnificent drive, you can stop off at a parking bay and enjoy the stunning visuals of Lake Davorsee and its surrounding area. On the summit of the pass is the Flüela Hospice. Davos is the highest altitude town in Europe, the largest mountain holiday destination, and an international conference and health resort. Lake Davos and the surrounding mountains offer a wide variety of leisure activities. Be sure to visit some of the museums in Davos, such as the Kirchner museum or the local history museum. Take a romantic horse-drawn sled ride to the Sertig, Dischma, or Flüela side valleys.
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