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Great drive, beautiful views

Follow the trail of Napoleon Bonaparte's crossing to Italy (May 20 1800). A great dive, the south bound climb is more steep and interesting. Have a pizza across the street from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Epernay, France

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Epernay, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Follow the trail of Napoleon Bonaparte's crossing to Italy (May 20 1800). A great dive, the south bound climb is more steep and interesting. Have a pizza across the street from where Napoleon spent the night. Great history and beautiful sites. Done several time and loved it!! A not to be missed drive, very enjoyable.. The border formalities seem to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great place to stop for a leg stretch between Switzerland and Italy. Highly recommend over the various tunnel routes if time permits. Drive was beautiful, climate was amazing. Couldn't see (or hear) a single St. Bernard Dog though, and didn't see any sign posts for them. Its not a big place and I looked fairly hard. Possiblynot there in summer?... More 

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Marsaskala, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

It was a great experience driving through the mountain pass with all the great views of the surrounding mountains. Although it was raining, it wasn't dangerous to drive all the way, even if we were driving a nine seater minivan. So don't try to avoid the pass, just skip the tunnel and take the beautiful scenic route and you won't... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We love coming up this pass on a clear day to have lunch at Bar du Lac on the Italian side. The food is very good, as is the wine and tiramisu. The chapel at the hospice on the Swiss side is just gorgeous with black marble altars and wood accents. The views are spectacular and our pictures are great.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

In our first experience going over the Great St Bernard Pass, we drove through a very heavy fog (and drizzling rain) as we approached the pass from the north. We did not know the road. We could see the steep drop-off to our left. The road seemed narrow. The road was cut into the rock-face to our right (so to... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Great St. Bernard Pass (2,469 m/8,100 asl) is home of a hospice found 1049 and later became the famous for using St. Bernard dogs in rescue operations. Rescue dogs are still kept here during. Except from the dogs, there is also a hotel, restaurant and souvenir shops. The road is suitable for cars, motorbikes and motorhomes from both sides. So... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The St. Bernard Pass is a beautiful location and well worth a visit, even if it is for a short walk rather than a full on trek. When we visited in the middle of summer the pass was shrouded in mist for 50% of the time, so it is something to be aware of. The St. Bernard Foundation is a... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you like guardrails, this road is not for you. It's a great road, though. From the Swiss side (departing Martigny), the climb is steep, the center-lane markings disappear and there are no guardrails. This might not be a problem, except that there can be fog and snow (yes, in July) and the route is drive-off-the-road beautiful any time. At... More 

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Morin Heights, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We are big St-Bernard lovers and one of the first activities I book for our trip was a hike with dogs. We left from the hospice at the Great St Bernard Pass and were accompanied by a very nice guide who also works at the kennel taking care of the dogs and 3 beautiful St-Bernards. The drive to the pass... More 

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Markham, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

If the pass is open, skip the tunnel and go up to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. The road is very well maintained and it was shocking to see how many bicyclist were doing the pass... now that is what I call a challenge. Up at the top, you have a very good change to throw some snowballs even in mid... More 

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