60 Mountain Passes in Switzerland that you should visit - With photos & details

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60 Mountain Passes to explore in Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the most developed countries in the world, with the highest nominal wealth per adult and the eighth-highest per capita GDP. It ranks at or near the top in several international metrics, including economic competitiveness and human development.

Ächerli PassÄcherli Pass, 6064 Kerns, Switzerland

Ächerli Pass is a high mountain pass between the cantons of Obwalden and Nidwalden. It connects Kerns in the canton of Obwalden and Dallenwil in the canton of Nidwalden. The pass road has grades of up to 15 percent. From the road, peaks such as Pilatus, Rigi, Buochserhorn, Titlis, and Stanserhorn are visible.

Albis PassAlbis Pass, 8135 Langnau am Albis, Switzerland

The Albispass is part of Zurich’s nearby recreational area with a dense hiking-path network, vantage points, and restaurants. The nearby Türlersee with its bathing opportunities is a popular excursion destination. the views from here are truly mesmerizing and also it is one of the famous tourist destinations in this area.

Albula PassAlbula Pass, 7522 La Punt-Chamues-ch, Switzerland

The Albula Pass links the Albula Valley with the Engadine. Driving this stretch in the summer guarantees wonderful views like that of the rough, weathered Albula Gorge. With a little luck, you may also spot the Rhaetian Railway on its way through the high mountains and across the impressive stone viaduct. The drive leads up to the summit and the high plateau, though a side trip to the “most beautiful spot in Switzerland”, the Lai da Palpuogna, is an absolute must.

Alpe di NeggiaAlpe di Neggia, 6574 Gambarogno, Switzerland

Alpe di Neggia is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.  It connects Vira and Indemini. The pass lies in the saddle between Monte Tamaro and Monte Gambarogno. The maximum grade of the pass road is 12 percent. One of the beautiful and panoramic location in this area which is suitable for trekking and camping too.

Balmberg PassBalmberg Pass, 4524 Balm bei Günsberg, Switzerland

Balmberg Pass  is a high mountain pass in the Jura Mountains in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland.  It connects Welschenrohr and Günsberg. The road is one of the steepest pass roads in Switzerland. The road is not recommended for novice drivers, big, wide or long vehicles, buses, vans and trucks, caravans, or trailers. It is, however, ideal for motorcycles During periods of snow or ice, the road is closed from the pass summit to Welschenrohr on the north side.

Benkerjoch PassBenkerjoch Pass, 5024 Küttigen, Switzerland

This rather unknown pass in the canton of Aargau connects Aarau and Frick. Located directly below the Wasserflue mountain (866 m), the Benkerjoch is not only preferable to the Staffelegg because of the low traffic. A postal bus route runs over the pass to Aarau. It was built in the year of 1977.

Bernina PassBernina Pass, 7710 Poschiavo, Switzerland

A beautiful high mountain pass which was located in the heart of Grisons. It connects the famous resort town of St. Moritz in the Engadin valley with the Italian-speaking Val Poschiavo, which ends in the Italian town of Tirano in Valtellina. The pass lies a few kilometers east of Piz Bernina, and south of Val Minor. The pass was an important trade route over the Alps during the Middle Ages. The views from here are truly astonishing and it will be a nice experience riding through this pass.

Brünig PassBrünig Pass, 3860 Meiringen, Switzerland

The Brünig Pass, at an altitude of 1,008 m, connects the Bernese Oberland and central Switzerland, linking Meiringen in the canton of Bern and Lungern in the canton of Obwalden. It is on the watershed between the upper reaches of the Aare, which flows through Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, and the Sarner Aa, which flows into Lake Lucerne.

Challhöchi PassChallhöchi Pass, 4458 Eptingen, Switzerland

Challhöchi Pass is a mountain pass in the Jura Mountains on the border of the cantons of Basel-Country and Solothurn in Switzerland. The pass road links Eptingen and Ifenthal or Hägendorf.

Col de BretayeCol de Bretaye, 1884 Ollon, Switzerland

Bretaye is a mountain pass located above Villars. The pass is connected to Villars by the Bex-Villars Bretaye railway, which is the second-highest railway in the canton.

Col de JamanCol de Jaman, 1824 Montreux, Switzerland

The Col de Jaman is a mountain pass that connects Montreux in the canton of Vaud to Montbovon in the canton of Fribourg.

Col de la CroixCol de la Croix, 1884 Ollon, Switzerland

The Col de la Croix pass is the highest point of the road linking Villars to Les Diablerets and is 1,778 meters above sea level. It is also one of the most important transit points for migratory birds crossing the Alps.

Col de la CroixCol de la Croix, 2882 Saint-Ursanne, Switzerland

Col de la Croix is a pass in the Jura range connecting Saint-Ursanne and Courgenay, both in the canton of Jura in Switzerland. The climb from Saint-Ursanne is 3.72 km. long, gaining 342 m. in height at an average of 9.1%. Several sections of the climb are well in excess of this with the maximum gradient of 17% being reached at the summit.

Col de la GivrineCol de la Givrine, 1265 Saint-Cergue, Switzerland

Col de la Givrine is a high mountain pass in the Jura Mountains that connects Nyon in Switzerland and Morez in France.

Col des MossesCol des Mosses, 1862 Ormont-Dessous, Switzerland

Col des Mosses is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.452m above the sea level, located in the canton of Vaud, in Switzerland. The Col des Mosses is also on the Alpine Pass Route hiking trail and is a winter sports center.

Col des RangiersCol des Rangiers, 2883 Asuel, Switzerland

The Col des Rangiers is a road mountain pass in the canton of Jura in Switzerland which connects the towns of Delémont and Porrentruy . It was one of the beautiful location and is a nice spot to spend some time.

Col du PillonCol du Pillon, 1865 Ormont-Dessus, Switzerland

Col du Pillon is a mountain pass in the western Swiss Alps. Col du Pillon is overlooked by the Diablerets and at the pass is located at the lower station of the Scex Rouge cable car.

Flüela PassFlüela Pass, 7260 Zernez, Switzerland

Flüela Pass is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Graubünden. The road connects Davos and Susch in the lower Engadin valley. Since the Vereina Tunnel opened in 1999, the road is no longer guaranteed to be open all year.  An NGO, Pro Flüela Verein, was established in 1990 to extend the opening outside the summer months. It raises money from membership fees, and grants from the cantonal government and local communes.

Forcola di LivignoForcola di Livigno, 7710 Poschiavo, Switzerland

The Livigno Pass is a mountain pass in the Alps on the border between the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland and the Province of Sondrio in Italy. It’s one of the highest paved roads in Europe and it connects the Bernina Pass in Switzerland with Livigno in Italy. When you’re looking for a great road cycling route in Italy and a mountain pass cycling route, then the Livigno Pass should be on your list.

Fuorn PassFuorn Pass, 7532 Val Müstair, Switzerland

Fuorn Pass or Ofen Pass is a high alpine mountain pass in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. The name is based on the ovens that were used in ironworks in the area. The ruins of these ovens can still be seen from nearby trails.  It connects Zernez in the Engadin valley with Val Müstair, crossing the Swiss National Park in Switzerland.