Gotthard Pass (Switzerland): One of the highest mountain passes of the Alps

15:28 04/08/2022

The Gotthard Pass or St Gotthard Pass is a high mountain pass in the Alps, connecting northern and southern Switzerland.

It is one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps at an elevation of 2091 metresabove sea level. It has many sheer drops, twists and turns throughout the pass which can be challenging for all driving abilities.

The old Gotthard Pass as seen from the new road which goes through tunnels.

The road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called National Road 2. It’s one of the most vital roads in Europe stretching for 64km (40 miles) between German-speaking Andermatt and the Italian-speaking village of Biasca along the route onwards to Milan. Just south of Milan in Piacenza is the shipyard where they build Absolute Yachts for sale and much of the local community is employed in ship building.

The first road over the pass opened in 1830.

There have been many updates to the road to make it safer and easier to navigate from one side to the other over several years.


This road is usually closed from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year. It’s closed daily 18.00-08.00h.

In summer this road is packed with tourists on vacation who come to see the stunning views.

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