|Passo del San Bernardino/St. Bernhardinpass/Pass dal S. Bernardin/Col du St-Bernardin|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1646m - 31.1 km (Lostallo)
1827m - 48.6 km (Arbedo-Castione)
455m - 8 km (Hinterrhein)
609m - 19.6 km (Splügen)
1347m - 45.7 km (Thusis)
|South 4 (5); North 1-2 (5)||3 (5)|
|How to get there||
This is a very long (50 km) and sometimes hard climb from the south. It starts flat from Arbedo-Castione (240m) and starts to take off at Lostallo (421m) 17.5 km later. It is very steep around Mesocco (790m) and then actually drops a little to the village of San Bernardino. (There is a small pass before here on a side road: Forcola (1618m).) From there it is an unusual and interesting climb to the pass.
The north side is only a shorter climb from Hinterrhein (1612m) which you reach on a small road from Splügen (1458m). The road all the way from Thusis (720m) does include some really nice stretches through gorges until Splügen is reached. The big road that goes through a tunnel (opened 1967) at Hinterhein to San Bernardino is not allowed for bicyclists.
|Other comments||If it was not for the part above the tunnel from San Bernardino to the pass height I would have to give it a beauty rating of 1-2, but this part is quite nice and the undulating road gives you headache in trying to figure out where it may be leading you. You will tend to believe that you are close to the pass height several times before you actually are close (like on several other mountain passes). There are good views from the top. There are bars at San Bernardino and others villages along the way. This pass separates the Italian Switzerland from the Germanic/Rumantsch Switzerland on the northern side. If you got time and the weather is good, you should really give the climb over the Lai da Vons (2073m) pass a chance (there is only ca. 2 km normal gravel road and only 20m is any steep of this stretch).
[CH-GR-2065a, BIG 590]