66 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Forclaz is a mountain pass in the Alps in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. It connects Martigny at 471 m and Le Châtelard. The road from Martigny to the Col has an average gradient of 6% but in parts is closer to 8%. After the Col, and Le Châtelard, the road leads to Chamonix in France via Vallorcine and the Col des Montets. The pass was little known in the 19th century. It was not until the rise in tourism, particularly in Chamonix, that the region became a popular tourist area.
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.
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.