The Loibl Pass (German: Loiblpass) or Ljubelj Pass (Slovene: prelaz Ljubelj) is a mountain pass that connects Slovenia with Austria. It’s about half an hour drive from the Bled area. The road’s winding design provides great panoramic views and is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. In 1967, the Loibl-Tunnel was opened to traffic, and the old pass over the mountain was closed for cars. But people still can walk cross the border.
The importance of the Loibl Pass has diminuished since 1991, when the 7,864 meters long Karawanken Motorway Tunnel, which connects the Austrian Karawanken Autobahn (A 11) from Villach with the Slovenian A2 motorway to Ljubljana. But those who like a winding road with nice views and want to avoid the Karawanken Tunnel toll (€7) can use Loibl Pass to visit the attractions on the Austrian side, like Minimundus miniature park, Pyramidenkogel observation tower, Lake Worthersee or Carinthia’s capital Klagenfurt. Border controls have been abolished with Slovenia joining the Schengen Area effective from December 2007.
Loibl Pass Address: Loibl Tunnel, Loibltal 49, 9163 Ferlach, Austria
Loibl Tunnel Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 46.44517, 14.25288
Loibl Tunnel GPS coordinates: 46° 26′ 42.6336” N 14° 15′ 10.4004” E
Traditional region: Upper Carniola (Slovene: Gorenjska)
Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska to the Loibl Tunnel (drive 36 km, 26 minutes)
Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Bled to the Loibl Tunnel (drive 38 km, 32 minutes)