ALBULA PASS | SWISS ALPS
The Albula is a very varied road amidst the wonderful Engadin Alps near Saint Moritz in Switzerland. Some parts have a touch of the Scottish Highlands and here and there the Albula Pass gets a little narrow. However, the locals drive the Albula Pass with a lot of confidence that can shock tourist driving the road.
Most importantly: enjoy the trip, take it easy and always expect some cows on the road. We recommend to stop at the main plateau for a coffee at the 1873 hospice and enjoy the view. Marmots and other wild animals can often be observed from here.
Since the opening of the railway the pass lost importance. The route to St. Moritz is mainly served by the Julier Pass - which is normally kept open even during the winter. The Albula Pass however is used as an open air bob sledge and remains closed for traffic. That also explains why the road surface is not always the best. However the route is super scenic and we highly recommend to have a passenger on board to operate the camera.
In 1865 the Albula Pass on 2315 meters above sea level was opened to connect the Albula Valley with the Engadine region and St. Moritz. Since 1903 the Rhaetian Railway connects the two places via a 5.9 km train tunnel as well. The railways follows parallel to the Albula Pass for some time and with a bit of luck you can see one of the trains crossing over the Albula Pass on one of the impressive stone viaducts. There is also an interesting railway museum in the town of Bergün to visit.
Even in prehistoric and Roman times the Albula Pass was used as a trading route. Mainly for wine, honey and cheese. The Bishops of Chur later generated a good income from the tolls he charged on the pass.