Central Alps Passes: Furka–Grimsel–Susten Pass Route

Andermatt–Furka–Oberwald–Grimsel–Meiringen–Susten–Andermatt

From Andermatt, the spectacular Furka–Grimsel–Susten Pass Route leads over three mountain passes and three cantons on pass roads that open up views of breathtakingly beautiful mountain landscapes, quaint villages, deep valleys and more.

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  • Meiringen:  la dolce vita!
      Meiringen: la dolce vita! Culture/Sightseeing

    The meringue owes its name to its birthplace Meiringen. Here, inspired by the white and powdery surrounding summits, a sweet-toothed Italian gave birth to the meringue. And the delicious treat is enjoyed even more in its original birthplace, as you also delight in an equally as enjoyable scenic treat!

  • Aare Gorge
      Aare Gorge Nature

    The "Kirchet" rock barrier was an obstacle since the ice ages. The Aare ultimately overcame it as it carved its way through the gorge which is up to 180 meters deep, 1.4 km long and only one meter wide in some parts.

  • Rhone Glacier: close views of the eternal ice
      Rhone Glacier: close views of the eternal ice Nature

    On descending from the Furka Pass the former 127-year old Belvédère Hotel & Restaurant comes into view. And at around 180 meters from here, a cool place to be inspired - namely, in the bluish and almost mystic light of the annually newly constructed glacial ice grotto!

  • Schöllenen Gorge
    Schöllenen Gorge Nature

    People have traveled through the Gotthardreusstal valley since the Bronze Age. The road through the Schöllenen Gorge opened up at the end of the 12th century. The "Spraying Bridge" was later renamed Devil's Bridge, marking another step in the long history of this route.

  • Susten Pass
    Susten Pass Culture/Sightseeing

    Needing access to the Gotthard Pass the canton of Bern began in 1811 with the construction of the "communications strasse" After the Simplon this was the second modern road crossing the Alps. The current road dates from the 1940s. It was designed as a scenic route and carefully integrated into the landscape.

  • Andermatt
    Andermatt Culture/Sightseeing

    Andermatt began to come alive around the middle of the 19th century with the opening of the Gotthard pass road to traffic. Following the opening of the notorious Gotthard Tunnel, Andermatt then primarily developed into a place of military and touristic significance.
    Now, owing to the construction of a huge tourist resort courtesy of an Egyptian investor, Andermatt is expected to once again shine in all its former glory.

  • Devil's Bridge
    Devil's Bridge Culture/Sightseeing

    The rugged Schollenen Canyon, through which a tunnel leads today, was always a difficult place to cross. And according to famous legend, the first bridge to cross it was constructed with the aid of the devil.

  • Furka Pass
    Furka Pass Passes/Mountains

    The Furka Pass connects the Urseren Valley in canton Uri with Goms in canton Valais, by means of a most impressive mountain pass road. Looking west you view the former Hotel Belvédère in all its ancient glory; from where you have access to the far end of the Rhone Glacier. Two hundred years ago the glacier extended all the way down to Gletsch.

  • Furka Steam Train
    Furka Steam Train Railways etc.

    From 1982, following the inauguration of the Furka Tunnel between Realp and Oberwald, rail trips over the pass came to a halt. But as luck would have it, railway fans rekindled the old steam train as time went on. And today the tourist attraction warms the hearts of many who wish to cross the alpine pass by steam train in once-upon-a-time fashion!

  • Gletsch
    Gletsch Culture/Sightseeing

    Gletsch, a name rooted in the German for glacier, and formerly an important transit station on crossing the Alps. Here was the place to swap horses before continuing a carriage ride and journey over the closest Furka or Grimsel mountain passes.

  • Oberwald
    Oberwald Culture/Sightseeing

    Start of the 1982 completed Furka Tunnel is in Oberwald. And thanks to this opening, the once totally cut-off town developed into a popular tourist resort.
    In particular, Oberwald warms the hearts of cross-country fans.

  • Reichenbach Falls and Sherlock Holmes
      Reichenbach Falls and Sherlock Holmes Nature

    The Reichenbach Falls are made up of seven waterfalls and owe their international fame to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his fictive Sherlock Holmes figure. And of course Sherlock Holmes fell into the turbulent waters together with his sworn enemy on May 4, 1891 following a bitter fight.

  • Rock Crystal on the Grimsel Pass
      Rock Crystal on the Grimsel Pass Nature

    Behind the Raeterichsboden dam wall, on the way over the Grimsel Pass, lays the Raeterichsboden reservoir and artificial lake. And below the dam wall the entrance to underground KWO power plant is discovered - a place where the fascinating world of crystal is also revealed.

  • Stein Glacier
    Stein Glacier Culture/Sightseeing

    Steingletscher - Stein Glacier - is a glacial valley south of the Susten Pass. Below the Stein Lake, fed by the glacial waters, lies the Hotel Steingletcher - a popular excursion point for regional mountain hikes, as well as popular stop for bikers, cyclists and naturally postbuses.

  • Suvorov Memorial
    Suvorov Memorial Culture/Sightseeing

    In 1799, in the surroundings of the Devil's Bridge, triumphant battle for the Russians took place under the commando of General Suvorov against the French. And the erected Suvorov Memorial in Fels serves as reminder of the Russian soldiers who lost their lives in battle.

  • Wassen and its famous church
    Wassen and its famous church Culture/Sightseeing

    The village of Wassen is primarily famous thanks to its very unique little church. And the small church owes its fame to its position in relation to the Gotthard railway. On climbing in height and passing two tunnels, passengers view the little church three times - and strangely enough, first from the right, followed by the left and then on the right again!

  • Herberge Hospental, UR
      Herberge Hospental, UR Hotels/Accommodation

    Swiss Hostels - no matter which hostel you choose, you are sure to feel at home and will always find a comfortable and inexpensive place to spend the night.