Loibl Mountain Pass

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.

Hairpin turn on the Loibl Pass road.
Hairpin turn on Loibl Pass road
Image by Johann Jaritz / CC BY-SA 3.0

Loibl Pass road.
Loiblpass road
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Loibl Pass road.
Loiblpass road
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Turn on the Loibl Pass road.
Turn on Loiblpass road
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Loibl Pass road in autumn.
loiblpass-ljubelj-road-autumn
Image by Johann Jaritz / CC BY-SA 3.0

Tunnel on the Loibl Pass road.
Tunnel on the Loiblpass road
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The 1566 meters long Loibl Tunnel connecting Slovenia and Austria.
The 1566 meters long Loibl Tunnel connecting Slovenia and Austria

Parking lot at the Loibl Pass.
Parking lot at the Loibl Pass
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Loibl Pass road on the Sapotnica.
Loibl Pass road on the Sapotnica
Image by Johann Jaritz / CC BY-SA 3.0

Fingerpost on the Loibl Pass road at the Sapotnica.
Fingerpost on the Loibl Pass road at the Sapotnica
Image by Johann Jaritz / CC BY-SA 3.0

Guesthouse Deutscher Peter on the Austrian side of the Loibl Pass road.
Guesthouse Deutscher Peter on the Austrian side of the Loiblpass road
Image by Johann Jaritz / CC BY-SA 3.0

Mountain pass Old Loibl with obelisks marking the Austrian/Slovenian borderline.
Mountain pass Old Loibl with obelisks marking the Austrian/Slovenian borderline
Image by Johann Jaritz / CC BY-SA 3.0

Marker on the on the Old Loibl mountain pass.
Marker on the on the Old Loibl mountain pass
Image by Johann Jaritz / CC BY-SA 3.0

Slovenian alpine hut on the Old Loibl mountain pass.
Slovenian alpine hut on the Old Loibl mountain pass
Image by Johann Jaritz / CC BY-SA 3.0

In 1967, the Loibl-Tunnel was open for traffic, and the Old Loibl Pass over the mountain was closed for cars. But people still can walk cross the border.
In 1967, the Loibl-Tunnel was open for traffic, and the Old Loibl Pass over the mountain was closed for cars
Image by Presse03 / CC BY-SA 3.0

Location:
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)
Municipality: Trzic

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)

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