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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  • We decided to take a drive to Italy as it was raining back in Switzerland and as we were on vacation obviously we wanted sunshine! I knew that I had to drive over a mountain but the Splügen mountain p...  more »
  • You realize you're in Switzerland for the regularity of the asphalt. No holes talking very quietly, the bike slips away asphalt ruined. The step is not the greatest but the view of the big lake is very impressive and left the bike you can go for a walk as you approach the water.
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  • Is not one of the most spectacular but definitely deserves to be seen. Beautiful Lake just past the step in the direction of Madesimo. Especially the old winding road down to Madesimo.
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