Wurzen Pass – Border Crossing

The Wurzen Pass (German: Wurzenpass, Slovene: Korensko sedlo) is a mountain pass that connects Kranjska Gora in Slovenia with Villach in the Austrian state of Carinthia. Though its elevation of 1,073 meters is relatively moderate, the road is very curvy and includes some steep ascents with a maximum grade of 18 percent.

Until the opening of the Karawanken Motorway Tunnel in 1991, the Wurzen Pass along with the eastern Loibl Pass was one of the main arteries for traffic from Austria and Germany to former Yugoslavia and the Balkans.

When Slovenia joined the European Union in May of 2004, customs controls were removed from the border. As Slovenia entered the Schengen Area in 2007, passport controls with police checkpoints were consequently abolished in December of 2007. En route to the pass you pass a museum which has interesting exhibits about the pass and the bunker system that fortified it.

Austria–Slovenia border with stone marker bearing “XXVII St. Germain 10. Sept. 1919
Austria–Slovenia border with stone marker bearing “XXVII St. Germain 10. Sept. 1919
Austria–Slovenia border with stone marker bearing “XXVII St. Germain 10. Sept. 1919

On the way to the pass

Date of Visit: August 2011

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