St Gotthard Pass, Airolo

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#8 of 23 in Nature in Canton of Ticino
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The Gotthard Pass or St. Gotthard Pass (Italian: Passo del San Gottardo, German: Gotthardpass) at 2,106 m (6,909 ft) is a mountain pass in the Alps traversing the Saint-Gotthard Massif and connecting northern with southern Switzerland. The pass lies between Airolo in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, and Andermatt in the German-speaking canton of Uri, and connects further Bellinzona to Lucerne, Basel, and Zurich. The Gotthard Pass lies at the heart of the Gotthard, a major transport axis of Europe, and it is crossed by three traffic tunnels, each being the world's longest at the time of their construction: the Gotthard Rail Tunnel (1882), the Gotthard Road Tunnel (1980) and the Gotthard Base Tunnel (2016). With the Lötschberg to the west, the Gotthard is one of the two main north-south routes through the Swiss Alps.

Since the Middle Ages, transit across the Gotthard played an important role in Swiss history, the region north of the Gotthard becoming the nucleus of the Swiss Confederacy in the 13th century, after the pass became a vital trade route between Northern and Southern Europe. The Gotthard is sometimes referred to as the "King of Mountain Passes" because of its central and strategic location.
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  • We drive the historic Tremola road every year as we like it so much. There are more than two dozens of u-turns. My friends do not like to drive it by bycicle and by motor bike as there are pavés on... 
    We drive the historic Tremola road every year as we like it so much. There are more than two dozens of u-turns. My friends do not like to drive it by bycicle and by motor bike as there are pavés on...  more »
  • Nice drive up the St Gotthard pass, much nicer than the tunnel ofcourse. Not as spectacular as other Swiss passes but worth the ride! 
    Nice drive up the St Gotthard pass, much nicer than the tunnel ofcourse. Not as spectacular as other Swiss passes but worth the ride!  more »
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  • Always take the Gotthard Pass for years no charge nice and quick, would recommend.
  • My most memorable driving experience.. beautiful and adventure. 2021

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