St Gotthard Pass

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pore
Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland19,522 contributions
Aug 2021
We drive the historic Tremola road every year as we like it so much. There are more than two dozens of u-turns. My friends do not like to drive it by bycicle and by motor bike as there are pavés on the road.
I do not recommend to drive this road for drivers who are not used to drive mountain roads.
Please let pass faster cars and drive it your pace.
pore
Written August 17, 2021
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Kathinated
Dunfermline, UK680 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We took the older grand tour route through this pass but you also have the option of a slightly wider main road. Our route, while possibly more scenic was a cobblestone road with very sharp turns and cyclists so be aware and don’t try to drive too fast or spend your time gazing at the amazing scenery. At the top was a town with a Sunday market.
Written July 27, 2020
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Frank Geisler 🇨🇭
Zurich, Switzerland13,061 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
We passed the St Gotthard pass due a traffic jam in the tunnel below.

Weather was great so we enjoyed several outstanding views around the region.

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Written October 8, 2019
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Mark H
Sonoma, CA2,266 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
St Gotthard's pass provided the most important historic link between the North (Switzerland and Germany) and the south (Italy and Rome). This incredibly panoramic pass drips history, with cobble stone roads, ancient bridges, and battle fields from dating to Napoleon's conquest of Europe. Why wait in tunnel traffic when you have this alpine adventure option? Leave the main highway before the tunnel; the road climbs up sections of old cobble stones with a different view at each turn. Stop for a coffee and selfie at the Cafe Chicco D'Oro with a stunning view of the pass opening to the south. At the pass summit, visit the National Museum of the San Gotthard in a beautifully restored building dating to 1834. You can grab lunch here at the excellent restaurant in the Albergo di St Gotthardo and stretch your legs checking out the Lago della Piazza and the interesting Eagles Statues. You will see vendors with trailers and local merchandise. Check out the cheese vendors in particular. The artisanal alpine cheese are fantastic (ask for a sample!). Continuing your trip, you pass through the sonic town of Hospental, which is being developed into a major summer/winter resort. As you continue north, the must see Devil's Bridge (Teufelsbrücke) will come up quickly (parking is on the right). This is the site of the famous historic bridge, a Napoleonic battle site replete with memorials), the newer tunnel and a roaring gorge. Getting back on the road, the narrow deep canyon gradually widens as the pass opens with you descending to excellent views of Lake Lucerne. At the lake you can rejoin the main highway. During peak season in late July we made this crossing including breaks for coffee, lunch, sightseeing, a short hike, cheese tasting, and photographs in a little over 6 hours. The delay at the dark and long tunnel were being reported on the radio as 6 hours. Your results may vary, but just saying...
Written August 24, 2017
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GlobalMillionMiler
Evansville, IN20 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
For those who follow road cycling and racing, this pass is well known. Often considered THE top climb in Switzerland, the climb from Airolo to the pass on the Tremelo road is not to be missed. Most of the road is cobbled, and it is well maintained by the authorities. This is not Roubaix cobbles, this is Swiss cobbles made smooth by nearly 2 centuries of use. If you do drive it, plan on going slowly as it's narrow and has many switchbacks; and also be prepared to stop for photos on a regular basis. But the views are outstanding and the satisfaction of climbing it can't be beat. At the top, grab a wurst off the grill from the locals. Nice atmosphere at the top, even on a relatively cold June day. I wish I would have been able to go to the museum, but just hiking around on the top and taking in the views makes this trip worth it regardless of how you get there.
Written June 12, 2019
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Jock M
Ashford, UK189 contributions
Sep 2019
You can do this on tarmac. Stop! Use the 2 cobbled routes and you'll have much more fun. Plan your trip and the cobbled routes are amazing. We saw classics driving these routes as well as the modern Porsches, Lambo etc in our group. Shop also offers a free passport stamp...weird but similar to Liechtenstein's tourist stamp.
Written September 17, 2019
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No D
132 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Instead of follow a long traffic towards the Gotthard tunnel, taking the St Gotthard Pass was the best option. A nice roadtrip upon the hills, making a stop for a coffee or snack, it has it all if you love mountains and nature. The trip takes approximately 1,5 hour without a stop. Don't think, just do it. It's worth it.
Written December 15, 2018
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sanookhans
Rotterdam, The Netherlands99 contributions
Sep 2020
Nice drive up the St Gotthard pass, much nicer than the tunnel ofcourse. Not as spectacular as other Swiss passes but worth the ride!
Written October 9, 2020
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Paul D
Pretoria, South Africa29 contributions
Aug 2019
An amazingly beautiful place to visit and to drive.
Always take the long and exciting option.... the Tremola Road is the one ....

First we went up Furka Pass and visited the glacier which was exciting for the children. We then took on Gotthard Pass which is somewhat easier.

We had a great Bratwurst (or 2) from the "old' lady at the top of the pass - see pictures.
Written September 1, 2019
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SabreSailor
New York421 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Why would you drive many km through a dark tunnel when you can EASILY drive the St. Gotthard Pass??

This was the easiest of 5 passes we drove in Switzerland. We are at the top of the pass before we realized we were halfway through! There's a hotel, restaurant, gift shop, and post office at the top, but skip that and walk over to the red building where a 70+ year old lady and her son sell delicious bratwursts!
Written October 15, 2018
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