Fluela Pass Switzerland
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One of the highest roads in Switzerland at 2383 metres above sea level. Well worth the driving effort.
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Our day commenced with a leisurely breakfast at the Rhein Falls parking area, before picking up the Swiss motorways towards Landquart. Eagerly anticipating the drive over the Fluela Pass, our mountain adventures of the day began. Initially we headed along the “28”, passing Klosters and then close to Davos. Although only rising to approximately 1500 metres, this road makes for easy driving. This stretch of road is known as the “Wolfgang Pass”.
Shortly after passing Klosters, we paused to prepare coffee and lunch. Whilst my travelling chef was hard at work in the kitchen, our fairly peaceful time was momentarily interrupted by the arrival of a military vehicle. It’s two-legged occupants alighted, cocked their legs up (with some privacy provided by the Kon-tiki) and then left post-haste!
Once this distraction had passed however, it was time for some rest and relaxation in the sun, taking in fresh mountain air before continuing our journey.Just before Davos, it’s time to change heading and remain on the “28”, which becomes the Fluela Pass.
The Fluela Pass – hold on tight!
The Fluela Pass climbs to an altitude of 2383 metres above sea level. However, the late summer sun prevented any dramatic temperature change. The Fluela Pass stretches for about seventeen miles, between Davos Dort and Susch. The importance of the Fluela Pass became less so, when in 1999, the Vereina Tunnel was opened. These trains carry vehicles and passengers. Consequently, when the pass is closed in winter, this is your option…
The Fluela Pass offers a combination of fresh air, beautiful mountain scenery and of course, a chance to “drive”, working the gear box hard to keep the motorhome on track. There are some very tight bends, but we were able to navigate each one in one go, without the requirement to “shunt” back and forth.
At Susch, it was time to change direction once more. Having completed our transit of the Fluela Pass, we headed towards St Moritz and Zernez. (You may read about our trip to St Moritz and the Julier Pass here, with video footage too!)
The Fluela Pass – towards the Munt la Schera tunnel
The driving is easier from here, although a little skill is needed for the Munt la Schera tunnel! The Munt la Schera tunnel is a single track tunnel, so a traffic light system is in place. Tickets for the tunnel are available on-line or at the tunnel office.
Emerging once more into day light, we were greeted by warm sunshine and clear blue skies at Lake Livigno, our base for the night, and of course time for the tax free shopping.
After a night stop, it was off once more towards Lake Garda. When travelling on any of these high mountain passes, check the weather forecast in advance! We have seen temperature differentials of over twenty degrees Centigrade, when comparing the top to the bottom!