Central Alps Passes: Grimsel–Nufenen–Gotthard–Susten Pass Route
The Grimsel–Nufenen–Gotthard–Susten Pass Route promises pure Alpine romance! On the 1-day round trip you ascend an overall 10‘366 meters distance, without changing transport, and enjoy stupendous views over the imposing glacier, deep valleys and romantic little villages.
The Grimsel–Nufenen–Gotthard–Susten Pass route takes you from Meiringen across four of the most magnificent Swiss mountain passes and a total of 10‘366 meters in altitude difference in just one day.
The Grimsel Pass road leads past sparkling reservoir lakes offering marvelous views (PostBus stop Grimsel Pass). The impressive mountain panorama on the Nufenen Pass beckons to stay and linger a while (PostBus stop Nufenen Pass). At an altitude of 2478 meters it is the highest road across the Swiss Alps. At the top of the passes you have enough time to enjoy the fantastic views with leisure. Make time for a light lunch during the midday stop in the picturesque Ticino village of Airolo (PostBus stop Airolo, Railway Station).
The Gotthard, also known as the “King of Mountain Passes”, is reached via the impressive mountain road with views of the historic route (PostBus stop Gotthard Pass). Even in Roman times, the pass was already a major North-South connection.
On top of the pass you can visit the futuristic displays at the Sasso San Gottardo exhibit and experience the historic Gotthard fortress. The Gotthard region also offers hiking trails with fine views, such as a section of the ViaPostaAlpina or the Four Springs Trail.
The Devil’s Bridge leading across the rough Schöllenen Gorge is another highlight along this route. On the way to the Susten Pass the postbus crosses no less than 25 bridges and passes through 25 tunnels. You will also have the opportunity to explore 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 16.00on the day before. Tel. +41 58 448 20 08.
Route not open all year
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PostBus Switzerland Ltd
Berne / Central Alps region
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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 16.00 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 Grimsel–Nufenen–Gotthard–Susten Pass Route on foot
- on the ViaSbrinz:
leg 4 Gutannen–Obergesteln
- on the Trans Swiss Trail:
leg 23 Andermatt–Gotthard Pass
leg 24 Gotthard Pass–Airolo
- and on the Alpine Passes Path:
leg 8 Airolo–Cap. Corno–Gries
leg 9 Cap. Corn-Gries–Ulrichen
or by bike
or by mountain bike
Airolo: a light at the end of the tunnel
Airolo has been the meeting place of different cultures since donkey’s years! And you’re reminded of this by the granite sculpture by the artist Gianfranco Rossi at the southern Gotthard tunnel entrance. Discover a part of Ticino’s culture at the showcase cheese dairy in Airolo – or, better still, enjoy a taste of the specialities at the adjacent restaurant.
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.
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Gotthard Hospiz Hotel
The first known mountain inn was dated 1237, although there are reports about a predecessor built around 620. It was home to Capuchin monks who lived there and took care of travelers until 1841. The group of buildings was made up of a chapel, a goods transfer station, stables, and later followed by a hotel.
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.
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!
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Sasso San Gottardo
Discover the secret Gotthard fortress!
Discover the Gotthard legend! Lying deep inside the mountain, the existence of this Swiss Army artillery fortification was, until recently, unknown to the public.
Today, the fortress once considered impregnable and described in the history books as the Swiss National Redoubt (Schweizer Reduit or Réduit Suisse) is home to an exhilarating exhibition exploring sustainability and Swiss legend. Experience our multimedia water, weather and climate, energy, security, mobility and landscape exhibits, and learn about the importance of gold for Switzerland. Travel underground with our ‘Metro del Sasso’ to visit the famous fortress. There, deep within mountain, history comes alive as you encounter the gun rooms, ammunition depot and sleeping quarters. A tunnel leads you out to fresh air, where you can enjoy enchanting mountain views from a surprising perspective. An unforgettable adventure for young and old, families, schools and groups!
Note: We recommend warm clothes and good shoes
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.
The Tremola is the longest street-monument in Switzerland. She was built round 1830, reconstructed 1951 and is in redevelopement these days. At her most spectacular section the street climbs on a lenght of four kilometers the 300 meters altitude by 24 turns.
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.
Rock Crystal on the Grimsel Pass
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.
The notorious Gotthard Pass, known also as King of passes, represents a symbol of Swiss independence, traversing the Alps at an incredible height of 2,106 meters above sea level. The story behind the pass and Gotthard road is open to all at the National Gotthard Museum.
The Nufenen Pass road first opened in 1969 and represents Switzerland's youngest pass road over the Alps. At a height of 2478 meters above sea level, it's also the highest pass road on Swiss soil!
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.
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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!