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Great St. Bernard Pass (Col Du Grand St. Bernard)

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Ranked #17 of 132 Activities in Canton of Valais
Type: Mountains, Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Type: Mountains, Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Brisbane, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
28 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
26 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
54 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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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piedmont, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is my favorite alpine pass between Italy (Val d'Aosta) and Switzerland. The road is very well protected and easy to drive (compared to some of the alpine passes) and the views are simply stunning. On our visit in June 2014 we were driving our 7.5 meter camper (RV) - so rest assured it is an easy drive. We stopped... More 

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mayo
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Such scenery, It's got to be done If you're in the area. And this is the type of road the top gear guys wet themselves over :D

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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

A cool retreat on the way from Aosta in italy, and a great way to get to Switzerland Very picturesque with the lake and amazing views. Nice drive down into Switzerland through alpine villages and in August you can buy apricots along the route in loads of places.

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Central Florida, Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
35 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Was walking the Via Francigena and enjoyed the walk through the Swiss Alps up through the GSB--so beautiful, so peaceful. If you love St. Bernards as I do be sure to contact Fondation Barrie in advance of your trip and you can pay to walk the St. Bernards. They're so adorable and while it isn't cheap, it's a great fundraiser... More 

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