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Gotthard Pass

Published: 27 June 2021

The Gotthard Pass is one of the most famous Alpine passes in Switzerland and connects the Italian and German-speaking regions. From the Middle Ages until the construction of the tunnels, the pass was one of the most important north-south connections across the Alps. The pass connects the towns of Andermatt in the canton of Uri and Airolo in the canton of Ticino. The pass is much lower than the highest passes in Switzerland. Nevertheless, the journey is very impressive, steeped in history and, above all, much more beautiful than through the tunnel. With a bit of luck, you may spot one of the nostalgic stagecoaches on the route. It's worth taking a close look.

The journey over the cobbled Tremola on the southern side of the Gotthard Pass is particularly impressive. The old pass road is reminiscent of more tranquil journeys over the Gotthard not so long ago. Very sharp serpentines lead up to Airolo. The Tremola is considered the longest architectural monument in Switzerland. If you're coming from the north, you should look carefully to make sure you don't miss this section and don't just drive the new route. From the south side, the Tremola is easier to find. At least that's how I found it.

National St Gotthard Museum

The museum is located pretty much exactly at the height of the Gotthard Pass and shows with the most modern means the long and arduous expansion and constant improvement of this important traffic and trade route. In the national St. Gotthard Museum, the positive and negative sides of the road are shown in a very lively way. A visit to the highest museum in Switzerland is a real experience!

Passprofil Gotthardpass
Höhe 2'107 Meter
Länge 27 Kilometer
Spitzkehren 16
Schwierigkeit mittel
Wintersperre November - Mai
Maximales Gefälle  
Andermatt - Passhöhe 9 %
Passhöhe - Airolo 8,8 %


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