Glaubenbergpass, an iconic road in the Swiss Alps

Glaubenbergpass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.543m (5,062ft) above the sea level, located in the the canton of Obwalden, in Switzerland.


The road to the summit is paved. The pass connects Sarnen (470m) with Entlebuch (723m) and gets closed in winter from around November/December to April/May (depending on the weather). The road from Sarnen stays open all year up to the Restaurant Langis. From there on it is closed in winter.The greatest danger is the cows. The origins of the Glaubenberg crossing goes back to Medieval times. The road's winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow.

There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Empty, the ascent is 16.25 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 820 meters. The average percentage is 5%. The maximum slope is 10.8%. And starting from Sarnen, the ascent is 14.40 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.072 meters. The average percentage is 7.4%. The maximum slope is 11%. The pass has been featured in the Tour de Suisse race. The road was built during the second half of the 19th century and between 1906-1920 prisoners were used to widen and improve it.