Take to the road in the Swiss Alps --
Flickr user Falk Lademann
There’s nothing I love more than an adventure
holiday. From horse riding and camping to snowboarding and hiking, for me,
adventure is the best way to explore a new place. When I lived in France, I
enjoyed many exciting driving holidays, exploring the countryside and seeking
out Europe’s most beautiful roads. In this instalment of my “take to the road”
series, I’m taking a look at one of my favourites: Switzerland’s Klausen Pass.
bit about the road…
As you probably know, Switzerland is home to a
large part of the Alps, an extensive mountain range which stretches across
eight countries. While the Swiss Alps may be best-known as a prime spot for
skiers and snow lovers, the Alps are also a delight during the summer months.
The Klausen Pass runs directly through the Alps, from Linthal to Altdorf,
passing through picturesque villages and past breath-taking scenery. Although
closed from October to May, this 46-kilometre road is open all summer long.
Explore these places along the way.
Beautiful Urnerboden.Flickr user Falk Lademann
From Linthal, the
Klausen Pass snakes through the mountains, twisting and turning, before
straightening out on the approach to Urnerboden. Urnerboden is the largest Alp
and, some may say, the most spectacular. It has a wide plateau, with beautiful
green grass and grazing cows, and small houses are dotted all around. I always
stop by the village store to stock up on snacks, before spending a little time
looking around. For the best views, take a walk by the pretty Fätschbäch stream,
or ride the cable car to the top of the 2,000-meter-high Fisetengrat. You’ll see cows grazing all along the Pass. Flickr user Falk Lademann
A little further along the Pass from
Urnerboden, you’ll reach the summit. Surrounded by towering mountains and offering
amazing views, it’s the perfect place to take a break. Here you’ll find the Chlausenchappeli
– a small chapel which is a great backdrop for a family photo – as well as a
gift shop and a snack stand. When I drove along the Pass, it was just before
lunchtime, so I only spent a moment soaking up the scenery before heading to
the nearby Hotel Klausenpasshöhe
for a bite to eat.
After feasting on some traditional Swiss
cuisine, it’s back on the road to Bürglen. Bürglen is famous as the birthplace
of Wilhelm (William) Tell, a Swiss folk hero from the 14th century.
Although Tell is a fictional character, visitors to Bürglen can learn all about
the legend at the Tell Museum. Like
many of the other stops on the Pass, Bürglen is perfect for keen walkers. The Kapellenweg
is a circular walk which passes many of Bürglen’s pretty chapels. It takes
almost 4.5 hours, so come prepared with good hiking shoes, water and snacks.
- Stay the night: There are various
hotels along the Klausen Pass, so you can stay the night and really take
your time exploring. Try the 200-year-old Hotel Klausenpasshöhe at the
summit or the Gasthaus
Urnerboden, in Urnerboden.
- Bring bikes: Thanks to its many
climbs, twists and turns, the Klausen Pass is perfect for bike riding.
Bring your bike and you’ll have a great time cycling amongst the beautiful
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