Driving Swiss Roads: S02E05 - Grimsel and Susten Pass

Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012

If someone asks Paddy Murphy what the best way from Bellinzona to Glarus would be, he will answer: Nufenen - Grimsel - Susten - Klausen. This episode shows two of those mountain roads. Grimsel Pass is like a motorway over the mountain, when you start in Gletsch, wide road, some serpentines and long, straight tracks.

Grimsel Pass

Interesting fact, at the summit is a lake called Totensee (lake of the dead). According to Wikipedia the name Totensee is said to be derived from soldiers of Duke Berchtold V of Zähringen who were driven into the lake by the people of Valais.

The Susten Pass road connects Innertkirchen with Wassen in the canton of Uri.

Susten Pass

There is a 300 meters long tunnel at the summit and it would be a brilliant idea to use a light in that tunnel, especially for cyclists.

There's no light in the dark


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The thing about Irish roads is that you'll never know what comes next after a hill or a bend. Just close your eyes, come and rely on the luck o' the Irish.Paddy Murphy, 2012