Julier Pass

Elevation: 2,284 m (7,493 ft)

Traversed by Paved road

Location Graubünden, Switzerland

 

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 The Julier Pass (RomanshPass dal GügliaGermanJulierpassItalian Passo del Giulia) (el. 2284 m) is a mountain pass in Switzerland, in the Albula Alps. It connects the Engadinvalley with central Graubünden, the nearest inhabited localities on its approaches being Silvaplana and Bivio. At its summit, the pass crosses the watershed / drainage dividebetween the basins of the Rivers Rhine and Danube. The Julier Pass lies between Piz Lagrev and Piz Julier. A few metres south of the summit is the small lake Lej da las Culuonnas.[1]

Remains of a Roman temple and cart tracks were found and illustrate its importance in Roman times.

The road constructed in the 1820s to replace the old Septimer Pass was well built and is still easily passable after moderate widening for normal cars and trucks. In some parts, areas were rebuilt in 2009 to reduce the number of serpentine turns. Winter use requires winter tires, as well as snow chains in extremely poor weather.