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

Switzerland
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Ranked #18 of 141 Attractions in Valais
Type: Scenic Drives, Mountains
Traveler Description:  The Hospice at the Col du Grand St Bernard is an inexpensive place to spend a night or two.  The rooms are small and clean - there is no TV.  You... more »
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Stockholm, Sweden
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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
23 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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117 reviews 117 reviews
53 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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
2 reviews
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Having wanted to take in the very best scenery of the alps and visit a place relatively untouched some were accessible by car a place called "Col Du Grand" kept popping up in conversation with swiss locals and web searches. Doing some research I found out it was the great St. Bernard pass that linked Switzerland to Italy a scenic... More

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Central Florida, Florida
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115 reviews 115 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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