We are back! Yes, for real. In June I went for a short trip through the alps (unfortunately without my drivescape partner Elena – she couldn’t join due to work shedule). On my todo-list I had a few passes, mainly in switzerland – few I had not yet driven (such as Klausen pass, Sustenpass, St. Gotthard pass und Stelvio pass), others, such as Grimsel pass and Furka pass I had not yet driven with my BMW. Because I got so much blog material, I decided to split the journey into 3 parts – and this is the first. But before we begin let us check the trailer:
I started my journey in France near basel, were I spent the night at a friends house. The first of the 3 stages led me through the beautiful, regional nature reserver Thal, where I had planned to drive the Passwang street – it’s basically a mini-pass. But due to rockfall near the tunnel of the street, I was not allowed to cross, therefore taking a detour through field (as suggested by the nice police woman, who stopped me from going further the Passwang street). It was definately worth it!
After the small detour, I was able to continue my journey. Next stop – Glaubenberg pass.
The weather west of the Glaubenberg was rather streaky, but thankfully it wasn’t raining too much (rain came the next day – all the time!). The Glaubenberg pass is a beautiful road with few traffic – but it’s littered with cattle grid. And that totally stops a nice flow when going up there. When going too fast over those cattel grids (meaning > 30 km/h), the tires basically scream at you to stop.
After a short lunch break at the top, I continued west towards Lake Samer – and towards beautiful weather:
You can see those cattle grids on the lower left in the photo.
Todays milestone was Klausen pass – specifically Hotel Klausenpasshöhe. My initial plan was to go over Glaubenberg pass and then head over Pragel pass, so that I could eventually climb the Klausenpass from the west. But because I misjudged time and I didn’t want to spent time in the car until the sun sets, I skipped Pragel pass and went straight up to Klausen pass.
And that pass definately does not dissapoint!
What a pass – both ramps are completely different. The west ramp is a thin road carved into the mountain, the east ramps winding roads are a work of art.
The west ramp
The east ramp
Hotel Klausenpasshöhe mit it’s “nostalgic” rooms is an adventure itself. Because the mountain is pushing a few centimeters each year, the hotel is skewed. As are all its rooms. And the stairwell. They already started building a completely new hotel, which will be finished in 2020. So if you still want to experience the “original”, hurry up!
- Start: Near Basel
- First Milestone: Hotel Klausenpasshöhe
- Length of the trip: about 220 km, through the regional nature park Thal, the Glaubenberg pass and after passing Lake Lucerne up to Klausen pass.
- Special: Diverse landscape, from the hilly nature park up to the alpine passes
Where to next?
- Part takes us to Susten pass, Grimsel pass and Furka pass, with the next milestone being Airolo, right after St. Gotthard
- From Klausenpass, it is also possible to go east towards Walensee/Lake Zurich or towards Chur