Switzerland

The highest alpine road passes

Roads over two thousand meters above sea level

Petr Liška
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The highest alpine road passes
Inserted: 12.08.2016
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Unforgettable rides through the highest alpine road passes offer a spectacular view of mountain giants, glaciers and beautiful lakes. These passes are Europe's biggest challenge for any serious cyclist. Interesting trips are also for tourists, as most of these passes provide high starting points for various beautiful hikes. These roads are also ideal for motorcycle lovers with their endless curves.

1.
Col de l´Iseran

The highest road pass of the Alps

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| Altitude: 2 770 m / 9 088 ft

The Col de l'Iseran (2770 meters above sea level) on the eastern edge of the Vanoise National Park is the… continue reading

2.
Passo dello Stelvio

Pass with 48 switchbacks

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| Altitude: 2 758 m / 9 049 ft

The Passo dello Stelvio / Stilfserjoch (2,758 meters above sea level) is definitely one of the most legendary… continue reading

3.
Col Agnel

Border crossing point between France and Italy

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| Altitude: 2 744 m / 9 003 ft

In Queryas National Park, the climb begins to one of the highest road passes in Europe – Col Agnel (2744… continue reading

4.
Passo Gavia

Mountain pass in the shade of Stelvio

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| Altitude: 2 652 m / 8 701 ft

Passo Gavia (2,652 meters above sea level) is one of the highest road passes in the Alps, but it is still… continue reading

5.
Col du Galibier

The most famous pass on the Tour de France

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| Altitude: 2 645 m / 8 678 ft

At the northern end of the Ecrins National Park is the legendary Pass de France – Col du Galibier (2,645… continue reading

6.
Timmelsjoch pass

Passo Rombo

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| Altitude: 2 509 m / 8 232 ft

Timmelsjoch (2 509m) is the highest road pass in Austria / some sources also indicate a height only (2 474m… continue reading

7.
Hochtor / Grossglockner

The most famous road in Austria

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| Altitude: 2 504 m / 8 215 ft

The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, or Grossglockner High Alpine Road in High Taurus, is the most famous… continue reading

8.
Umbrail Pass

Pass under Stelvio

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| Altitude: 2 501 m / 8 205 ft

Umbrail Pass (2,501 m asl) with its altitude is one of the highest road alpine passes. Nevertheless, it is in… continue reading

9.
Nufenen Pass

The second highest Swiss road pass

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| Altitude: 2 478 m / 8 130 ft

Just a short distance from the Italian border is located the second highest Swiss Nufenen Pass (2,478 meters… continue reading

10.
The Great St. Bernard Pass

Famous Bernardin Pass

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| Altitude: 2 473 m / 8 114 ft

One of the most beautiful and even the highest alpine road passes is the Great St. Bernard Pass (2,473m asl).… continue reading

11.
Col du Granon

Pass by the military area

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| Altitude: 2 413 m / 7 917 ft

Col du Granon (2,413 meters above sea level) is a lesser known pass in the Savoy Alps. Even so, the famous… continue reading

12.
Flüela Pass

Pass with four lakes

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| Altitude: 2 383 m / 7 818 ft

The Flüela Pass (2,383 meters above sea level) is located in the canton of Graubünden. The road leading… continue reading

13.
Col d´Izoard

Pass in the "Tibetan" landscape

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| Altitude: 2 360 m / 7 743 ft

The Col d'Izoard (2,360 m) is one of the legendary climbs on the Tour de France. In addition, the surrounding… continue reading

14.
Bernina Pass

Pass near four thousand mountain

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| Altitude: 2 330 m / 7 644 ft

There´s a famous swiss railway Bernina Express over the top of this climb between Chur and Tirano and it is… continue reading

15.
Forcola di Livigno

Gate to the duty free zone

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| Altitude: 2 315 m / 7 595 ft

The Forcola di Livigno Pass (2315 meters above sea level) is the border pass between Switzerland and the… continue reading

16.
Albula Pass

The picturesque pass

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| Altitude: 2 315 m / 7 595 ft

As you climb the Albula Pass (2,315 meters above sea level), you will be able to see several times the… continue reading

17.
Julier Pass

Pass with lake

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| Altitude: 2 284 m / 7 493 ft

Julier Pass (2,284m above sea level) connects the canton of Graubünden and the Engadine valley. It is located… continue reading

18.
Col du Sanetsch

Little known pass over Sion

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| Altitude: 2 242 m / 7 356 ft

Col du Sanetsch (2,242 meters above sea level) is one of the less known Swiss „two thousanders“ road pass.… continue reading

19.
Passo Sella

The most beautiful pass in the Dolomites

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| Altitude: 2 240 m / 7 349 ft

Passo Sella (2 240m above sea level) is one of the most beautiful dolomite passes. It lies between two… continue reading

20.
Passo Pordoi

The starting point for Piz Boe

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| Altitude: 2 239 m / 7 346 ft

Passo Pordoi (2 239m above sea level) is renowned for its legendary Giro d'Italia climb at Sella massif and… continue reading

21.
Passo Giau

Pass under the beautiful rock tower

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| Altitude: 2 236 m / 7 336 ft

Passo Giau (2,236 meters above sea level) belongs to the most beautiful dolomite passes. It is the ideal… continue reading

22.
Passo di Valparola

Pass associated with the First World War

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| Altitude: 2 192 m / 7 192 ft

Passo di Valparola Pass (2 192 m above sea level) in the Dolomites is interesting by the height of the Tre… continue reading

23.
Little Saint Bernard Pass

The pass through which Hanibal went

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| Altitude: 2 188 m / 7 178 ft

Little Saint Bernard Pass (2188m asl) / Col du Petit St. Bernard / is located on the border between Italy and… continue reading

24.
Colle delle Finestre

Ascent from Valled di Susa

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| Altitude: 2 178 m / 7 146 ft

The Colle delle Finestre (2,178 meters above sea level) is a lesser known pass, probably because the last few… continue reading

25.
Grimsel Pass

Warm up for Furka Pass

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| Altitude: 2 164 m / 7 100 ft

Grimsel Pass (2,164 meters above sea level) is renowned for its stunning south-facing views of the ascending… continue reading

26.
Offenpass

Pass dal Fuorn

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| Altitude: 2 149 m / 7 051 ft

The Offenpass (2,149 meters above sea level) connects Zernez in the Engadine valley with Val Müstair. It is… continue reading

27.
Passo Gardena

A beautiful pass at the Sella massif

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| Altitude: 2 136 m / 7 008 ft

Passo Gardena (2,135 m above sea level) / Grödner joch / is located on the northern end of the Sella Massif… continue reading

28.
Splügen Pass

Passo dello Spluga

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| Altitude: 2 113 m / 6 932 ft

Border pass betwwen Switzerland and Italy with lots of harpin bends and tunnels continue reading

29.
Gotthard Pass

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| Altitude: 2 106 m / 6 909 ft

The Gotthard Pass (2,106 meters above sea level) is one of the most important Swiss passes. It connects the… continue reading

30.
Passo di Falzarego

Interesting starting point for hikers

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| Altitude: 2 105 m / 6 906 ft

The main tourist attraction of Passo di Falzarego Pass (2,105 m above sea level) is the funicular to Piccolo… continue reading

31.
Passo Giovo

Jaufenpass

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| Altitude: 2 094 m / 6 870 ft

Passo Giovo (2,094 meters above sea level) is the northernmost Italian two thousander road pass, located only… continue reading

32.
Col de la Croix de Fer

A popular pass on the Tour de France

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| Altitude: 2 067 m / 6 781 ft

The crossing of the Col de la Croix de Fer (2,067 meters above sea level) – the Iron Cross Pass – very often… continue reading

33.
San Bernardino Pass

Pass with a beautiful lake

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| Altitude: 2 066 m / 6 778 ft

The San Bernardino Pass (2,066 meters above sea level) is located directly on a mountain lake. It is located… continue reading

34.
Col du Lautaret

Pass below the pass

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| Altitude: 2 058 m / 6 752 ft

The Lauteret Pass (2,058 meters above sea level) in the Savoy Alps, open all year round, is located on the… continue reading

35.
Passo Fedaia

Pass directly under the Marmolada

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| Altitude: 2 057 m / 6 749 ft

Directly below the mountain queen of Dolomites – Marmolada is known Fedaia Pass (2,057m asl). A little… continue reading

36.
Staller Sattel

Traffic-controlled pass

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| Altitude: 2 052 m / 6 732 ft

The Staller Sattel (2,052 meters above sea level) is interesting because, thanks to its narrow road, it is… continue reading

37.
Oberalp Pass

Pass with railway track

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| Altitude: 2 046 m / 6 713 ft

The Oberalp Pass (2,046 meters above sea level) is one of the lowest alpine two-thousand-meter high passes,… continue reading

38.
Passo del Manghen

Pass south of the Dolomites

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| Altitude: 2 042 m / 6 699 ft

Passo del Manghen (2,042 meters above sea level) is a less known road pass in Trentino, Italy, connecting the… continue reading

39.
Passo Valles

Starting point at Col Margherita

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| Altitude: 2 032 m / 6 667 ft

Passo Vales (2,032 meters above sea level) located in a wide grassy pass is the starting point for the… continue reading

40.
Simplon Pass

Ancient connection of Switzerland with Italy

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| Altitude: 2 005 m / 6 578 ft

The Simplon Pass (2,005 meters above sea level) is one of the lowest alpine 2,000 road passes. Not far from… continue reading

41.
Col de la Madeleine

Pass at the ski resort

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| Altitude: 2 000 m / 6 562 ft

Col de la Madeleine (2,000 meters above sea level) sometimes has a height (1,993 meters above sea level), so… continue reading

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