In the past few years, we had the oportunity to spend one week of our vacation time in Switzerland. So, in the summer of 2016, we decided to take the route above Gothardtunnel and visit three great mountin passes (Gothard-, Furka- and Grimselpass). Since this was a family vacation, and not a roadtrip with petrolhead colegues, we left our beloved Alfa Romeo GTV in a garage, and went on a trip in our trusty family transporter – Peugeot 407 SW 2.0 diesel. Not exactly a drivers car, but hey, one can not have it all, right? The car just turned 300.000 km on the clock, so that added a bit of adventure to the story :-)
We left Croatia early in the morning, blasted through Slovenia, and made a first stop in Milan, Italy. After some sightseeing, we headed north, and entered Switzerland. The weather changed constantly, and it rained quite a lot, so I was scared that we would have to change our plans and go through the tunnel. But, we had luck. The rain stopped, so we headed toward the Gothardpass, hoping for the best.
There's not much traffic, so you can drive totally relaxed. The asphalt is great, without major bumps, perfect for a joyride in some sort of a weekend toy.
We left the Gothardpass behind us and started to counquer Furka. Well, Furkapass is a whole new ballgame, since it is much narrower, and there are no guardrails, just plain old stone markers. As we were making progress towards the top, we entered into clouds, and the atmosphere became more mystical. To make things more interesting, there was a bicycle race on the Furkapass, so I had to pay attention for them (they started on the other end, so they were allready going down the pass toward us).
Just below the summit, the clouds thickened, and we drove through the fog. It was geting kinda late, the sun started to go down fast,and the temperature was droping even faster. So there I was with my family on top of the Furkapass, on the wet road and 4 degrees Celsius. On summer tyres! And I knew that we had another pass in front of us. So, we started to decline fast, but with lots of caution. Hotel Belvedere, famous from the James Bond Goldfinger movie was hidden in the thick mist while we drove past it. We took a short break in a village of Gletch, and started to move forward across Grimselpass.
Well, the weather got even worse, so we couldn't make a stop at the top and visit Totensee, and we just drove by a great dam in the lower part of the pass. That was a bit dissapointing, but nevertheless, those are great passes, and when the weather gives you a chance to enjoy them fully, this can be one of the best drives of your life.