The Wurzenpass is situated in Carinthia
and belongs to the
Starting from statale 83,
the Wurzenpass ascent is 7.2 km long. Over this distance, you climb 546 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.6 %.
Stories, information and comments from Wurzenpass climbers
Story by Anbdy Gudgeon from Blackpool, United Kingdom, submitted on 01/03/2014
In 1964, at 17, and without parents'' permission, I took my 4-gear bike, tiny tent & sleeping bag, to cycle to Istanbul, Asian Turkey & part of North Africa. 99 days later, I got home & got a roasting from my mum, but that trip made me the guy I am today. That was 1964. I had one little map, moving 1cm each day &no idea where there were mountains. From Villach, I headed south, and found the unheardof Wurzenpass, 33% in those days. It was impossible to cycle up that, with loose gravel. When I pedalled, the front wheel went up in the air & I fell on the ground. I tried to walk up it, but with such loose gravel and my hard leather soles, I could still not get up. Then a young Danish couple in a VW Beetle saw me fall, and stopped to help. They had just married. They gave me their passports, and took all my luggage to the top. 5 hours later, I arrived; they were sitting on the grass waiting for me. How I wish I could find those people now! Those 99 days were the highlight of my life, and my mind races when I remember that beautiful pass. Now it is only 18%. In later years, I took 19 similar trips, usually with groups of kids aged 12 to 18. I am 70 in 2017; my son will be 13; we will be there. Watch me!
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Story by Berndt Mannhagen from Stockholm, Sweden, submitted on 11/08/2010
My wife and I went through the Wurzen Pass on our weddingtrip in 1959 by bus and found it very scaring.In 2009 we celebratet our 50 yars party in driving the pass ourselves but we were very disapointet becaus we believed thar the pass should be as 24-26% as it was in 1959.
I have looked at Google Earth and everywhere to find a map telling me where the original passroad was placed. Can you help me with your connactions or give me adresses so I can find the old Road. I have certain planes to go back again and try to drive the old way.
Ulla & Berndt m,annhagen