Flüela Pass

Flüela Pass, a lovely ride in the heart of the Swiss Alps

Fluela Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.383m (7,818ft) above the sea level, located in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Graubünden. The pass road connects the cities of Davos and Susch in the lower Engadin valley. Since the Vereina Tunnel opened in 1999, the road is no longer open all year.

There are 2 routes to reach the summit. From Susch, the ascent is 13 km long. Over this distance, the gain is 957 meters and the average percentage is 7.4 %. And from Davos, the ascent is 13 km long with an elevation gain of 829 meters. The average percentage is 6.4 %. 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. 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. 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 road is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. The Flüelapass can be reached the easy way from the north through Davos, more exactly through Davos Dorf (Dorf = village) and from the south up from the Engadine via the villages Zernez and Susch (1.426m). The pass crosses the Rhaetian Alps and is one of the most important transportation links between Davos located in the Landwasser valley and the Lower Engadine. The Flüela Pass Route takes you from Davos across the Flüela Pass and on to Susch and Zernez in the Engadine Valley. 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. Don’t forget your camera!

The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). This is an excellent pass along an extremely quiet valley, with a limited number of villages which allows you to get into a great driving rhythm, without having to slow down and then speed up again every few kilometres. Starting from the north end at Davos, the initial rise up is through a beautiful alpine forest, with a nice collection of wide sweeping bends running into one another. As you rise further up the pass, and burst through the forest and above the tree line (approximately 1800M) the pass starts to tighten, however it never becomes extreme (switchback on top of switchback) so allows you to keep the rhythm going all the way to the top. Coming back down is a little steeper, and there are a few more twisty sections as you come out of the main valley and back into the wooded area. The pass has an immaculate road surface.