Fluela Pass

Fluela Pass is a lovely drive in the heart of the Swiss Alps

Flüela Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.391m (7,844ft) above the sea level, located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Since the Vereina Tunnel opened in 1999, the road is no longer open all year.

How long is the Fluela Pass?

Tucked away in the lower Engadin valley, the road to the summit is totally paved. The pass has an immaculate road surface. It’s called Route 28 (Flüela Pass Route). The pass is 25.4 km (15.78 miles) long, running from Davos to Susch, in the district of Inn in the canton of Graubünden. The road as we know it today was built in 1867 to enable stagecoaches to make the passage.

Is Fluela Pass open?

Set high the boundary between the Albula and Silvretta Alps, since the 19km-long Vereina Tunnel opened in 1999, the road is no longer open all year long. It’s usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year.

Is the Fluela Pass difficult?

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 12% of maximum gradient 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’s a mix of mainly long straights and light curves, and 37 hairpin turns. 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 the traffic again. The pass is usually not very busy with traffic.

How long does it take to drive the 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 have a wide variety of leisure activities in store for you. Be sure to visit some of the museums in Davos, the Kirchner museum, for example, or the local history museum. Take a romantic horse-drawn sled ride to the Sertig, Dischma or Flüela side valleys.
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