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Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 12, Binn–Rosswald
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Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 11, Blitzingen–Binn
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Römerweg
Römerweg
Route 169, Binn–Grengiols
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Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 2, Oberwald–Brig
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Binn
Twingi gorge (Ausserbinn–Binn)

Twingi gorge (Ausserbinn–Binn)

The road constructed in the 1930s replaced the wagon track built in 1863/64 from Ernen to Binn that had been closed to wagons since 1903. In the Twingi gorge, the area description «Gäh Tod» (sudden death) reveals that this is the most dangerous section of the road to Binn.
A link from Ernen to Binn must have existed as early as the 14th century. however it is impossible to state with any certainty that this is the one below today’s road. The route through the Twingi was often perilous in winter and Binntal was frequently cut off from the outside world for weeks until the tunnel between Ausserbinn and Binn was built in 1965. Avalanches and rock falls which crashed down into the Twingi-Schlucht gorge often blocked the only negotiable road.

Since the tunnel has provided the once self-sufficient village with winter-safe access, the old road offers cyclists and walkers a spectacularly scenic experience. With its tunnels, retaining walls and boundary walls, it represents an impressive monument to the construction of those times. In order to avoid having to build bridges in the deep narrow gorges, the streams were diverted below the road with water flows and tunnels cut through rock faces. The longest tunnel has two openings providing views down into the gorge.
The road constructed in the 1930s replaced the wagon track built in 1863/64 from Ernen to Binn that had been closed to wagons since 1903. In the Twingi gorge, the area description «Gäh Tod» (sudden death) reveals that this is the most dangerous section of the road to Binn.
A link from Ernen to Binn must have existed as early as the 14th century. however it is impossible to state with any certainty that this is the one below today’s road. The route through the Twingi was often perilous in winter and Binntal was frequently cut off from the outside world for weeks until the tunnel between Ausserbinn and Binn was built in 1965. Avalanches and rock falls which crashed down into the Twingi-Schlucht gorge often blocked the only negotiable road.

Since the tunnel has provided the once self-sufficient village with winter-safe access, the old road offers cyclists and walkers a spectacularly scenic experience. With its tunnels, retaining walls and boundary walls, it represents an impressive monument to the construction of those times. In order to avoid having to build bridges in the deep narrow gorges, the streams were diverted below the road with water flows and tunnels cut through rock faces. The longest tunnel has two openings providing views down into the gorge.

Twingi gorge (Ausserbinn–Binn)

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Binntalhütte SAC
Binntalhütte SAC
Binn
Gasthaus Heiligkreuz
Gasthaus Heiligkreuz
Binn
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Hiking in the surroundings

Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 12, Binn–Rosswald
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Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 11, Blitzingen–Binn
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Römerweg
Römerweg
Route 169, Binn–Grengiols
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Cycling in the surroundings

Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 2, Oberwald–Brig
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