Munt-la-Schera-Tunnel, Zernez

#48 of 67 in Things to do in Engadin St. Moritz
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Munt la Schera Tunnel is a single lane road tunnel located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. It connects the Engadin valley with Lago di Livigno, through Munt la Schera. Completed in 1965, the tunnel is in length.
The tunnel was built to transport building materials for the construction of the Punt dal Gall dam. It was opened for public use in 1968, but is still owned and operated by the hydroelectric power company Engadiner Kraftwerke AG. The tunnel is only wide enough for a single vehicle so traffic moves in alternate directions, controlled by traffic lights which change every 15 minutes. (A different pattern of alternating traffic applies on Saturdays in winter.) The tunnel is open 24 hours a day to motor vehicles no more than in height and in width but since 2008 it is closed to cyclists. From June to September, cyclists may take their cycles on a half-hourly shuttle bus, and at other times they may use a limited number of places on the public bus service.
As of May 2015, the standard daytime toll for a single car journey through the tunnel is CHF16/EUR15. Slightly higher tolls are charged at night.
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  • If your into tunnels this is one to head for, made famous by the Top Gear team a few years ago, €15 crossing even for a motorcycle, no warning so get your cash ready. Cuts under the alps & brings...  more »
  • We spent 3 hours stuck in an overflow parking between 5PM and 8.30PM on Saturday (with children, after a really difficult journey, similarly to most waiting around us). Surprising is a very poor...  more »
  • You save a lot, but it has its price and it's quite high. So far I have been very lucky and the waiting time was long, less than 5 minutes.
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  • Uniquely beautiful scenery! Many hiking trails and there is an incredible amount of nature to discover. Halfway along the Alp la Schera you have a great view of the reservoir and can take a break at the small alpine hut and let the beautiful surroundings work. To hike up to the top of the mountain you should bring a little stamina, but you will be rewarded!
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