Grimsel Pass, Switzerland

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Grimsel Pass


From the tiny Valais village of Gletsch (1762m; 10km to the Furka Pass), a steep 6km hairpinned road climbs north to the mighty Grimsel Pass (2164m), which offers spectacular views over lakes in Bern Canton. There's a large parking area, small lakes and places to get refreshments. From the Grimsel Pass it is a 32km-drive out north to Meiringen. The pass generally opens about 1 June each year, depending on the year's snowfall and weather.

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1. Furka Base Tunnel

2.12 MILES

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2. Rhône Glacier

2.75 MILES

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3. Furka Pass

2.76 MILES

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4. Nufenen Pass

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5. Triftbrücke

9.21 MILES

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6. Museo Nazionale San Gottardo

11.01 MILES

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7. Robiei Dam

11.76 MILES

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8. Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui

11.82 MILES

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