Chluse Gorge road

A wild balcony road through the Chluse Gorge

Chluse Gorge Road is an extremely narrow road through the Chluse Gorge, near Kandersteg, in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is located along the valley of the River Kander, west of the Jungfrau massif.

The road is 6.4 km (3,97 miles) long. The drive is definitely worth it. Masonry parapets, drystone walling, edge stones, arched bridges, tunnels and semi-galleries are incredible civil engineering feats which can still be seen today. The road has retained its original appearance for almost 100 years. Any barriers along the edge afford little more than token protection; large stretches should be taken at a snail's pace and a lookout kept for vehicles coming from the opposite direction!  Drive with your headlights on at all times as it is easier for oncoming vehicles to see you. Shortly before World War I it was possible to improve the road as far as Selden. One section of this link is a spectacular pass road that was blasted out of the Chluse, as the gorge is called. The expected driving time on this curvy mountainous road which rarely permit speeds over 20km/h., is over than 21 minutes. Work on road construction was begun in the second half of the 19th century, which however only served for access to the temporary settlement in Gasteretal. This stretch of road should not be attempted by novice drivers.

Located in the Swiss Alps, the road is wide enough for only one car. The car traffic is restricted. 20 minutes for cars going to valley, ten minutes buffer, then 20 minutes for the cars getting out the valley. As a driver you’ll definitley feel a bit of pressure seeing the narrow road created in the mountain wall. It’s one of the most exciting and challenging drives in the country.
Pic: Petra Risel


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