Via Tremola Sankt Gotthardpass

Airolo, Switzerland

The Via Tremola Sankt Gotthardpass is a col with a length of 11.8 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Airolo, Ticino, Switzerland. The average grade of this col is 7.6% with a maximum of 9%. The Via Tremola Sankt Gotthardpass ascents from 1.210 meter at the start, to 2.105 meter at the top, with a total of 895 ascending meters.


Via Tremola Sankt Gotthardpass Profile


Distance 11.8 km
Elevation gain 895 m
Average grade 7.6 %
Maximum grade 9 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 1210 m
Maximum elevation 2105 m

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Tremolastrasse is the longest road construction monument in Switzerland. As a bright band it winds up from Airolo to the Gotthard pass. You can enjoy an impressive view on the mule track from the pass to the upper Leventina.
The world-famous serpentine road on the left-hand slope of Val Tremola was created with the construction of the Gotthard pass road. In the most spectacular section, the four-kilometre-long road climbs 300 metres in 24 bends, which even bear their own names. The pass road between Göschenen and Airolo was built between 1827 and 1832 according to plans by the Ticino engineer Francesco Meschini, after the access roads to Basel and Chiasso had been continuously extended since the 1810s.
Today, Tremolastrasse is largely in the state of reconstruction completed in 1951. The six to seven meter wide road is bordered and supported by walls up to eight meters high. Some of the old dry stone walls still exist. The pavement with granite stones is largely preserved, as are the mile stones. The two street attendant houses have disappeared. The first was at the beginning of Tremola Street until its destruction in 1989. The second was further up, below Voltone. Destroyed by an avalanche in 1874, it was not rebuilt due to the approaching opening of the Gotthard railway in 1882.

- Tour de Suisse 2019 - Stage 7