Length: 13.8 km
Width: 5 m standard, 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 10): 8
Highest point: 2,106 m (6,909 ft)
Operating times: between June and October
via Route 2 and Motto Bartola-Stüei
Route: from Via Sasso Rosso to Airolo
St Gotthard Pass Road Description
St Gotthard Pass or Passo del San Gottardo is one of the highest passes in the Alps, and it connects the northern and southern Switzerland. It reaches a 2,106 m (6,909 ft) altitude, and it’s located between Airolo, in the Ticino province and Andermatt, in the Uri area.
When looking at the map for the route we’re recommending to you today you will quickly notice the many twists and turns this route has prepared for you. Overall, the St Gotthard Pass road is exciting, exposed and unsecured, featuring numerous twists and turns. The surface of the road has asphalted and cobblestones sections.
Besides the fun part for drivers, it also is a vital road in Europe, connecting the German-speaking Andermatt with the Italian-speaking village, Biasca, along the route onwards to Milan.
There is a newer and an old pass road. Nowadays, the newer one is more used. At the top of the pass, the road flattens out. It will direct you towards the National Gotthard Museum where you can learn more about the history of this pass.
The Tunnels of the St Gothard
What’s interesting about the pass is that it has three major tunnels and each of them took the longest for their construction. We’re referring to the Gotthard Rail Tunnel built in 1882, the Gotthard Road Tunnel in 1980 and the most recent one, Gotthard Base Tunnel, completed in 2016. The first one to be built is 15 kilometers long, and around 200 workers lost their lives here.
Moreover, the Gotthard Base Tunnel is the longest rail tunnel in the world with a length of t 57.091 kilometres (35.475 mi). The tunnel combines with two other shorter ones near Zürich and Lugano are meant to reduce the trip from Zürich to Milan by one hour.
The St Gotthard Pass road is a wide, fast road with incredible scenery. It also is a test for braking, but you will enjoy the ride.
At the top of the pass, you will find a rest area featuring an old cobbled road. Also, the views from here are insane, there are lakes, and you can also enjoy a bratwurst or a hamburger. So, it definitely deserves a stop by. The downhill views are fantastic, and you will see all the way down and all the hairpins. To conclude, the scenery is beautiful and the trip to Gotthard Pass is exciting and worth it.
Photo sources: https://alpsinsight.com/trip/the-gotthard-pass/, https://www.dangerousroads.org/europe/switzerland/75-saint-gotthard-pass-switzerland.html, https://www.ticino.ch/en/commons/details/Gotthard-Pass/133935.html, https://www.cycling-challenge.com/passo-san-gottardo-st-gotthard-pass-both-sides/