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The Three Passes of Switzerland

The Three Passes of Switzerland

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Route Overview:

Distance (Miles): 80

Useful Information:

Summary: The Three Passes of Switzerland
Route Description:

Where does it start? Andermatt 

Where does end? Andermatt

How long is it? 80 miles


Why is it great? 

An easy to navigate route that takes in three amazing Alpine passes with the full route do-able in a day.


What do I need to know?

The three passes of Susten, Furka and Grimsel are in the Alpine region of Switzerland, crossing the Bernese Alps at an elevation above 2000 metres. The passes are generally closed between October and May due to show.

The Grimsel is a personal favourite due to the multiple well-surfaced switchbacks on the way up, heading clockwise, with emerald blue lakes on the way down. The Furka Pass is higher, at a peak of 2429 metres, and arguably tighter and not as well surfaced, but still an excellent riding road, as is Susten. 


Anything else?

The small Alpine town of Andermatt is a good place to base yourself, with all the facilities and some great riding east of there if you wish to venture further into Switzerland. Be wary of Switzerland’s strict speed limits and try not to get carried away; fines are harsh. Also be wary of busy weekend traffic, and as with all foreign riding, try to keep within your own limits and enjoy the scenery. If you have the time then the Nufenen Pass, just to the south of the loop, is also worth riding.

Time wise, if you push straight through France it is easily possible to do this loop and be back home again in a week. 


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The Three Passes of Switzerland
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