San Bernardino Pass, Bellinzona

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San Bernardino Pass is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting the Hinterrhein and the Mesolcina valleys between Thusis and Bellinzona . Located in the far eastern side of the Western Alps it is not to be confused with the Great St. Bernard Pass and the Little St. Bernard Pass. The top of the pass represents both the Italo-German language frontier and the watershed between the Po basin and the Rhine basin.The route first became important as a mule track in the fifteenth century when the route between Thusis and Splügen was known as the Via Mala. A road for wheeled vehicles was opened in 1770; this road was significantly improved between 1821 and 1823, financed in part by the Kingdom of Sardinia, keen to improve a trade route connecting Genoa and Piedmont to the Graubünden that was not directly controlled by Austria.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Excellent site. Road links and without major traffic problems. Attention to the limits and the speed cam. Exit to the village San Bernardino and then you continue on the State road until reaching the pass and the Hospice at an altitude of approximately 2100. No danger for teens, beautiful landscape and a great day outdoors.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Country quiet, suitable for people looking for total immersion in nature. Minimal services (three shops, a supermarket, a few restaurants and an ATM). Don't wake more in winter but open the baby slope. Ice skating rink or basketball court. Mini Golf, children's adventure. Plenty of entertainment for children in the Park near the River (
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  • July 25, 2017
    Why would you take the tunnel and miss this exceptional experience? The winding roads open up mountain views that will be etched in your mind forever. At the top you can get out, climb a bit and creat...  more »

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