Klausen Pass | Elevation Collection
|Swiss National Library, Bern
Nestled amidst the enchanting scenery of the Central Swiss Alps, the Klausen Pass forms a breathtaking link between Altdorf in the canton of Uri and Linthal in the canton of Glarus. Just an hour's drive from Zurich, this remarkable alpine pass reaches an elevation of 1952 meters (6391 feet) above sea level. Spanning a magnificent 46 kilometers (29 miles) with 136 curves, the Klausen Pass spoils us with unforgettable panoramic views. A cyclist, captured in the artwork, embarks on the challenging climb, heading straight towards the distant mountains.
Unlike many other alpine passes, the Klausen Pass didn't serve as a trade route. Its roots trace back to Roman or Medieval times when it was a cattle track. The responsibility of maintaining the pass was initially shared between the cantons of Uri and Glarus until 1625, when it was passed on to a private entity. A chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas of Myra was constructed in 1717 but was later moved in 1938 to accommodate road extension. This chapel, known as the Bruder-Klaus-Kapelle, stands as a testament to the pass's history.
Between 1870 and 1899, the road was expanded, sparking interest from the Swiss army for strategic purposes in 1893. The first horse-drawn post coach crossed the pass in 1900, introducing the first tourists to the region. A ban on motorized vehicles was implemented for a year between 1916 and 1917.
In 1922, the alpine bus route opened along with the annual Klausen Race, a 21.5 kilometer pre-war hill climb that became the first-ever car race organized in Switzerland. A year before the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans, this legendary international race attracted thousands of spectators along the pass road. Since 1993, a vintage event is held every 4-5 years, where hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles participate, bringing the pass's racing legacy to life.
|Étorie on fine art paper
|Atelier WOCS, Genève
|Certificate of authenticity