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“Follow in napoleon's foot seps” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Great St. Bernard Pass (Col Du Grand St. Bernard)

Great St. Bernard Pass (Col Du Grand St. Bernard)
Switzerland
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Ranked #28 of 128 attractions in Valais
Type: Scenic Drives, Mountains
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Follow in napoleon's foot seps”
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 route and alternative to taking the tunnel.

The pass got its name from the rescue dogs st bernards the dogs were bred in switzerland by monks in the 17th century on the wiss side of the pass. The pass was used to shoot the opening scene in the1969 Italian job it shows the mafia boss in the film driving a red Lamborghini Miura through the Italian side of he pass north west Italy. The pass has a long historic past Napoleon crossed the pass in the beginning of the 18th century leading his army to war.

Driving on the Swiss side leading up to the border of Italy you come to a tunnel and sighns saying "col du grand" veering off to the right take the road on the right avoiding the tunnel you are now on the grand St. Bernard pass miles of open air, breath taking scenery, mountains and lakes lie in wait for your arrival. The Italian side of the pass is more open to scenery and is the nicer side. The pass opens may and closes mid October depending on weather conditions if traveling from Switzerland to Italy I can think of no better road to take than the famous Col Du grand.

Visited October 2013
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charlottesville
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99 reviews 99 reviews
27 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“So Beautiful! And be sure to make a reservation to walk the St. Bernards!”
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 to help sustain the organization, which does a lot of community outreach and also perpetuates the history of the St. Bernards in the region.

Visited August 2013
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

No better way to get from Switzerland to Italy. The views are stunning. The museum and home of St Bernard dogs is well worth visiting.

Visited August 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Forget the tunnel!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

What a great way to travel across the alps; drive across this high mountain pass at the beginning of the season shortly after it opens. The snow and ice that lines part of the road (more so on the southern Italian approach) is 2-3 metres high in places! Most people drive slowly and there are frequent places to stop so you can enjoy the views. The monastery and church at the top are steeped in history. We snuck a view of the StBernards in their cages as the 10 Swiss franc charge seemed somewhat steep to look and not pat

Visited June 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Worth the extra kilometers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

On our way to Italy this fall, we decided to take the Col Du Grand St. Bernard instead of the tunnel. We certainly did not regret taking the longer road, as you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains. (see my pictures). The small, windy road from the Swiss side will lead to a settlement at the top where you will find restaurants and lodging possibilities. there's a small St. Bernard kennel which is accessible for 10CHF per person.

Visited September 2012
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