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Maloja Pass

A mountain road in the scenic Alps in southeastern Switzerland

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Maloja Pass (also Malojapass or Passo del Maloja) is located in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Graubünden (Grisons), Switzerland. The road over the pass connects Silvaplana in Engadine Valley in Switzerland a little town of Chiavenna in Val Bregaglia, Province of Sondrio, Italy. With an elevation of 1,815 m (5,955 ft) above sea level at the summit, the road is open all year round, but in the winter there are frequent closures due to uncleared snow for several hours or days. For road closure updates, check the AlpenPasse website. Winter tires or snow chains are recommended during the cold season.

Maloja Pass in Switzerland - Best Season 2019
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Maloja Pass has been used since pre-Roman times, but it became really popular in the 19th century connecting Northern Italy to the Engadin and Val Bregaglia valleys. The road features two contrasting sceneries: flat planes in the north are followed by a steep climb into the Val Bregaglia in the south. Several hairpin bends near the top make the drive especially scenic and exciting. You'll be surrounded by picturesque mountain villages, alpine meadows, mountain peaks, and glacial-fed lakes. Once on the summit, make a detour to see Lake Sils (Silsersee), the largest lake in the Engadine area, or Lägh da Cavloc (Cavlocciosee), a hidden lake with a restaurant on the shore. In Soglio village, stop to admire the view of the towering peaks of the Sciora Group.

Lake Sils from Piz Corvatsch 2019
Lake Sils from Piz Corvatsch
Lägh da Cavloc (Lake Cavloc), near Maloja in Graubünden, Switzerland. View on Monte Forno 2019
Lägh da Cavloc (Lake Cavloc), near Maloja in Graubünden, Switzerland. View on Monte Forno
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