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Splugen Pass, Splugen
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The Splügen Pass is a high mountain pass which marks the boundary between the Lepontine and Rhaetian Alps, respectively part of the Western and Eastern Alps.GeographyThe pass road connects the Swiss Hinterrhein valley and Splügen in the canton of Graubünden with the Valle Spluga and Chiavenna in the Italian province of Sondrio, the road continuing to Lake Como. The pass is the water divide between the drainage basins of the Rhine, which flows into the North Sea, and the Po, which flows into the Adriatic. The pass is overlooked by Pizzo Tambo and the Surettahorn, on its western and eastern side respectively. On the Italian side of the pass is Montespluga, a small three street village which is cut off from both Italy and Switzerland during the winter.Since the opening of the San Bernardino road tunnel in 1967, the pass has lost its former importance; it is not kept open in winter. Thanks to its lack of importance it is now a quiet pass where essential portions of the historical roads have survived allowing a good historical review for hikers on the Via Spluga.
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  • Alpine pass on the border between Italy and Switzerland. I route a few times already from both sides and is challenging. Endless series of switchbacks, some also very tight. I have always found very little traffic but don't overdo the speed ... for lovers guide will be so much fun to walk it. The landscape, then, is the icing on the cake ... gorgeous!
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  • Stunning scenery and lots of hairpin bends make this an awesome ride on a motorcycle. All the tunnels are just adding to the magic. Incredible views from the top! 
  • We went over the pass for a day trip from Lake Como. Some beautiful scenery and fresh air with some lovely little places to stop en route. Going down the hairpins into Switzerland after the pass was a...  more »