Day 10 – 373 km: En route to Munich

On day ten it was time to start the drive towards Munich, because I had to return the next day to BMW. I was supposed to take another route – turn left after the Munt la Schera Tunnel and head for road 27 in Switzerland. But I of course turned right after the tunnel. When I realized my mistake I had to start looking at the navigation – does this small route change make any sense at all… and I saw serpentine roads. A few lakes. It actually looked even better than the original route plan!

So I first arrived to Ofen Pass / Fuorn Pass (same mountain pass, two names). 2149 m, nice views, fun road. Maybe not as “picture perfect” as the previous mountain passes I had done, but I mean a nice bonus – this drive was not planned at all and although the landscapes are not super unique (a lot of forest, no lakes), it is a nice drive. Somehow it is hard to ever get tired of mountain landscapes. I am amazed every time I see them. But I am from Finland… and I got tears in my eyes the first time I visited Switzerland. The highest point in Finland, Halti, is actually only 1324m. Never been there. But there are no wonderful mountain landscapes in Finland, when I think of Finland I see this, this, this and this. Stunning as well of course, but as said, first time in Switzerland felt like being on Mars.

Ofenpass

I think one good thing to keep in mind is that if you have the energy and time to do a little hiking, the mountain pass experience gets even better. Put on comfortable shoes and walk up on a hill, and the view will suddenly be unlike anything you can see from the roads. I have to admit that I was lazy and only did this a few times myself during the trip, but when I did, the view was worth the climb.

From Switzerland I crossed the border back to Italy and ended up in Malles Venosta. Continued north to Austria and there I found something magical. Well the Reschenpass / Passo Resia (1455m) of course, although the altitude says it all – it is not a hairpin corner pass, but more valley landscapes. But the lakes before arriving to the Austrian border – the smaller Haidersee and the big artifical lake Reschensee. WOW. I regret it so much that I did not stop to take photos of the lake (only of the car…), because with a bright sunshine over Reschensee and a lake full of kitesurfers… It looked so stunning.

Reschensee kitesurfers
Photo by Flickr user capparezza

Because I do not have my own photos of the lake, I am going to take advantage of the wonderful world of creative commons licensed content just so you can see what the lakes look like. I actually did not know about the bell tower before today when I sat and searched for Reschensee images… Wish I would have seen it – or known in advance something like this is there, but I suppose I kept my eyes on the road instead. Next time I will have to stop, that looks incredible. At least I have a very good reason to go back!

Reschensee bell tower
Photo by Flickr user Leni’s Shots

Written by Sara Norris
I'm Sara - a petrolhead, journalist, blogger, and photographer - with a passion for exploring the world's greatest driving roads in the best driver's cars. I'm the founder and CEO of the luxury driving tour company Colcorsa. At Colcorsa we create for our customers bespoke driving tours – an exclusive supercar driving experience on some of the best driving roads in Europe, in your dream performance car or classic car.