Switzerland: Great Saint Bernard Pass

Great Saint Bernard Pass lies in the high Alps at an elevation of 2,469 m (8,100 ft) and is the highest road pass in Switzerland. It is the most ancient pass through the Alps, with evidence suggesting it was used as far back as the Bronze Age. Napoleon used this pass to enter Italy in 1800. The famous St Bernard Dog breed comes from here, as the dogs were bread at a hospice at the top of the pass to be used in the mountain rescue operations to traverse deep snow and smell out the victim’s location.