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Driving the Alps

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I am planning to drive from Luzern to Lugano in late May. Can anyone recommend a favorite route? I was thinking of trying one of the roads other than the main highway route. Any road closures that late in the spring?
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Hello ~
I am planning to drive from Luzern to Lugano in late May. Can anyone recommend a favorite route? I was thinking of trying one of the roads other than the main highway route. Any road closures that late in the spring?
Thank you,
Denise
Denise, suggest you try Google Maps ? Type in "Luzern to Lugano" as your search criteria & it will show you available routes. In this instance, your choice is fairly limited.
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Re: Driving the Alps

how long would you like it to take you?
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given the weather we've been having, I'd say all passes should be open by that time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor...of_Switzerland

some are slightly less "passy" than others there.
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Re: Driving the Alps

I drove from Biel/Bienne to there last spring and went over the Neufennen Pass because the Gotthard Tunnel was closed due to last years rock fall, it was spectacular and I made a point of coming back the same way and the view was totally different.

Going to Lugano the above route is steep up and gentler down and obviously the opposite coming back. Dont ride a bike , I saw some nutters doing that last year!!!
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Re: Driving the Alps

Hi there
we are in bern and usually drive to lugano every weekends. In Spring and Summer we usually avoid the highway because of the notoriously long queus. The Gotthard pass in summer is really nice, scenic and has definitely less traffic. You could even try "the Tremola"-oldest road- which is still of cobble stones. On the way down, there is the "Caseificio" where you could buy cheese and other dairy products from the valleys of Ticino.
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Re: Driving the Alps

Thank you all for your helpful replies. We have one day to make our way from Luzern to Lugano, so lots of time for meandering along the way. I appreciate your insight, and will look at the routes suggested. Now I must go to bed, as it is 0140 here. I hope you all have a nice day, and thanks again. It's nice to be here, and will be nice to be there soon!
Denise
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