SAN BERNARDINO PASS, SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭

The alpine pass is an enchanting driving experience with recognisable change of architecture, cuisine and culture between the North and the South.

Sign on summit lake of San Bernardino Pass


DRIVING THE SAN BERNARDINO PASS IN THE SWISS ALPS 

The San Bernardino Pass 🇨🇭 links the Central Swiss Alps where mostly German is spoken to the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland — and is the alternative to the almost parallel running Gotthard Pass as a way into the Swiss canton of Ticino in the South.

Travelling from Chur via Thusist through the valley of the Posterior Rhine (Hinterrhein) and the Grisons holiday region of Splügen/Rheinwald to Hinterrhein you can choose the historic San Bernardino Pass instead of the new highway that disappears into a six kilometres long tunnel.

 

During the summer month between June and September it is almost certain to find nice dry weather on the South side of the alpine pass.

 

Ticino has also alpine scenery, but the climate is noticeably milder than in the rest of Switzerland. More sunshine hours and generally warmer temperatures make it commonly known as the Swiss Riviera.

 

The San Bernardino Pass is one of the highest paved roads in the world, but sweeps smoothly over the Swiss Alps. Vintage car drivers will appreciate the gentle giant.