Central Alps Passes: Furka–Grimsel–Susten Pass Route
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.
Die Furka–Grimsel–Susten Pass route starts at the Andermatt railway station and takes you on a one-day journey across three spectacular mountain passes. At the top of the Furka and the Grimsel Pass you have enough time to enjoy the fantastic Alpine panorama with leisure (PostBus stops Belvedere Furka and Grimsel Pass).
The views of the Gotthard mountain range and the Urseren Valley from the top of the Furka Pass are breathtaking. From there the road continues past the Rhone Glacier and into the Valais region. The entrance to the glacier grotto, rebuilt every year and leading deep into the Rhone Glacier, is at the Belvedere Furka stop. The Grimsel Pass road leads past many sparkling reservoir lakes and more marvelous views to enjoy (PostBus stop Grimsel Pass).
Be sure to make time for a light lunch during the stop in Meiringen (PostBus stop Meiringen Railway Station). On the way to the Susten Pass, the postbus crosses no less than 25 bridges and passes through 25 tunnels. Another highlight along the route is the famous Stone Glacier (PostBus stop Steingletscher, Susten).
Obtaining your tickets
You can conveniently obtain a suitable ticket here:
- in Meiringen and Innertkirchen at the Haslital tourism office
- in Interlaken at the Interlaken tourism office
- in Andermatt at the Andermatt-Urserntal tourism office
- Directly from your PostBus driver at the place of departure
- From the Ticketshop at: www.sbb.ch or from the PostBus sales office in Berne
Seat reservations for each person recommended.
For groups of 10 and more, seat reservations must be made by latest 16.00 on the day before.
Tel. +41 58 448 20 08.
Route not open all year
Travel-date details/validity: view timetable/timetable information
PostBus Switzerland Ltd
Berne / Central Alps region
|Tel.:||+41 58 448 20 08|
Bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle.
You can find more information at Biking and Postbus.
Reservations are a must and can be made up until 4 p.m. the day before.
Tel. +41 58 448 20 08.
Transport of electro-bikes and bike trailers is unfortunately not possible.
Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed
Not all journey legs wheelchair accessible. Hand-pushed wheelchairs only.
Information available through Tel. +41 58 448 20 08
Discover the Furka–Grimsel–Susten Pass region on foot-
- on the ViaSbrinz:
Stage 4 Gutannen–Obergesteln
- and on the Furka-Höhenweg Path:
Stage 1 Oberwald–Furka Pass
Stage 2 Furka Pass–Andermatt
or by bike
or by mountain bike
- on the Alpine Bike-Route:
Stage 10 Andermatt–Meiringen
Meiringen: la dolce vita!
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!
|Internet||www.meiringen.ch (in german)|
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.
|Tel.||+41 33 971 40 48|
|Internet||www.aareschlucht.ch (in german)|
Rhone Glacier: close views of the eternal ice
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!
|Tel.||+41 27 924 38 24|
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.
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 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.
Furka Steam Train
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
|Tel.:||+41 33 982 26 26|
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.
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.
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.
Wassen and its famous church
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!
Grimsel Hospiz Hotel
Near Lake Grimsel, a mountain inn had been built as early as 1142. During the construction of the power plant between the two world wars the inn was burned down and rebuilt on the Nollen. The first electrically heated house in Europe is well worth a visit.