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How to get to Andermatt

The path to the paradise for freeriders begins at the Zurich airport. From there, trains run to the main railway stations of the city approximately every 10 minutes. On one of them you need to get to the Zurich train station Zurich Hauptbahnhof (abbreviated Zurich HB), where you take the train to the Göschenen stop. There you need to make another transfer to the train, which will take you to Andermatt. The whole trip takes 2 hours and a quarter and costs up to 35 EUR in the second class and up to 93 EUR in the first. Unfortunately, you cannot get to the resort without changing trains.

There is a slightly less popular tourist destination and therefore less busy route with three transfers: from Zurich, two stops to Art Goldau, the city of Goldau in the Arth district (Arth-Goldau), Art Goldau-Göschenen and Göschenen-Andermatt.

The train to Andermatt is not going fast because of the extremely winding road. If you take a closer look, then in some sections of the path through the window of the first car you can see the last. In addition, passengers can look at the visors that protect the entrance to the tunnels, and avalanche-hazardous areas, as well as tourists sledding on a snow-covered highway. Anyway, in the season the highway for cars is closed, so do not waste good.

Railway connections are also established with other cities: you can get here by train from Lucerne, Brunnen, Davos, Laax, Visp, Dieni. In addition, during the season, Andermatt from Zermatt and St. Moritz can be reached by Glacier Express. Prices on the page are for April 2019.

Cuisine and restaurants in Andermatt

You can eat at the resort in all restaurants at the hotels (pay attention to Di alt Apothek at The River House and Grill-Stefano at Hotel Schweizerhof-Central), as well as in numerous cafes and bars. For example, at Dancing Gotthard, acting as a local nightclub, where you will be offered sandwiches, hamburgers, pizza and all kinds of drinks, or at Piccadilly Pub.

Maps of Andermatt

The ski pass in Andermatt costs 59 CHF for an adult for one day, for a child - 30 CHF. It is beneficial to take a family card if you are traveling with children: then you have to pay 145 CHF per day for the whole family. In addition, you can save money and at the same time expand your opportunities for skiing by buying a ski pass for the entire area of ​​the Gottard-Oberalp-Arena, to which Andermatt belongs.

Attractions and attractions of Andermatt

Talking about mountain skiing and cross-country skiing and sledding, which is compulsory for any ski resort, is even somewhat awkward, it is clear that here it is all in abundance. What else can you entertain yourself with? Go ice skating, go snowshoeing, rock climbing or ice climbing, since there are all the opportunities for this sport, try paragliding and curling. Or have a good time in the local bowling alley, pool or sauna.

There is something to see in the village itself. The graceful church of Saints Peter and Paul, the church of St. Columban, standing on a slope and built at 18 in the Mariahilf Chapel, organically fit into the landscape of Andermatt. The ancient center of the town is perfectly preserved, and it is very nice to walk around it in the moonlight on blue-blue evenings. You can also visit the Valley Museum (website) and the Gottard Museum, of which the fortress museum is part.

In addition to all this, the story of Andermatt is associated with the name of A.V. Suvorov and his famous passage through the Alps. Near the Devil's Bridge - another magnificent attraction of these places - the monument is carved into the rock by the great commander. Inspecting the bridge, admire the Devil's Waterfall beneath it and the Unsern Hole (or Unsern-Loch). These places are especially beautiful in summer and autumn: the tourist season in Andermatt does not stop even then. Only skis give way to mountain boots when tourists go camping in the Furkapass pass area. Although many prefer to go there on the old Furka steam train (website), and even further - to Jungfrau from Andermatt by yellow postal bus.

Andermatt Travel Guide:

Andermatt (Andermatt) Is a small village (1444 m) on the northern slope St. Gottard Pass, which has firmly entered the history of not only Switzerland, but also Russia. Andermatt became the personification of Russian military glory, being inextricably linked with the name of Suvorov. Now it is an actively developing ski resort, which boasts one of the best snow cover in Switzerland throughout the season. Great place not only for downhill skiing, but also for downhill sledding.

Alpine trekking Suvorov

Suvorov's alpine crossing in September 1799 was an example of martial art and human courage. The hardest battle, threatening the failure of the entire project, took place right here, near Andermatt, at the Devil's Bridge. Then the Russian troops accomplished the impossible by breaking through a perfectly protected bridge - the only passage in the direction of Zurich, where a meeting with the Rimsky-Korsakov corps was to take place.

Prior to this, Suvorov succeeded in another incredible feat - the capture of the Urner-Loch tunnel or the Urner hole. It was a narrow passage in the rock, only two meters wide and 67 meters long, lying between Andermatt and the Reus River.

The heroism of the Russian troops was immortalized in the memorial complex - monument to Suvorov and the fallen soldiers, which was built on the anniversary of the campaign a hundred years later with the money of Prince Golitsyn. In gratitude for the liberation of Switzerland from French occupation, the Unzern community donated Russia 495 square meters of their land on which the monument was erected, so since the end of the 19th century this small cliff has been the territory of Russia. Two flags are fluttering on two sides of the giant cross - Russian and Swiss.

Ski resort Andermatt

Andermatt itself did not stand out for anything for a long time, and only at the end of the 19th century local residents decided to occupy their niche in such a profitable world tourism by opening several luxury hotels at the foot of the Gemsstoke mountain: Bellevue (1872), Grand Hotel Daniot "(1880) and" Gottard "(1890). Following this, the village turns into one of the most fashionable resorts in Europe. Here in 1937, the second ski lift opens in Switzerland.

However, World War II made adjustments, tourism almost disappeared and Andermatt became desolate. While the local community was collecting money to repair the already dilapidated hotels, numerous other ski resorts managed to appear, leaving Andermatt behind.

Currently, the resort has begun to come to life, mainly due to the audience, trying to stay away from crowded fashionable resorts. The skiing region consists of four parts: the highest mountain Gemsstock (Gemsstock, 2963 m), as well as Netschen (Nätschen), Winterhorn (Winterhorn), Rialp (Realp).

The most popular panoramic route in Switzerland passes through Andermatt - Ice express.

Get to Andermatt:

Travel time from Zurich: 1:30

Route: Hourly there are direct flights from Zurich's main station, but more often - options with 1-2 transfers

Directions: There are no direct trains from Zurich HB, only with 1-4 connections:

  • at 09 minutes of odd hours - with 2 transfers (1:54 on the way):
    Zurich HB - Arth-Goldau (train in the direction of Milano Centrale, 39 minutes on the way),
    Arth-Goldau - Göschenen (train in the direction of Locarno from route 5, on the road 54 minutes),
    Göschenen - Andermatt (train in the direction of Andermatt from route 11/13, 10 minutes on the road).
  • at 09 minutes of even hours - with the first change (1:54 on the way):
    Zurich HB - Göschenen (train in the direction of Locarno, on the road 1:39),
    Göschenen - Andermatt (train in the direction of Andermatt from route 11/13, 10 minutes on the road).
  • at 35 minutes of even hours - with 3 transfers (2:28 on the way):
    Zurich HB - Zug (train in the direction of Luzern, usually from 4 tracks, 26 minutes on the way),
    Zug - Arth-Goldau (S2 train in the direction of Erstfeld from the 3rd track, on the road 19 minutes),
    Arth-Goldau - Göschenen (train in the direction of Locarno from route 5, on the road 54 minutes),
    Göschenen - Andermatt (train in the direction of Andermatt from route 11/13, 10 minutes on the road).
  • 38 minutes even hours - with 4 transfers (2:25 on the way):
    Zurich HB - Wädenswil (S2 train in the direction of Ziegelbrücke from route 53, 23 minutes on the road),
    Wädenswil - Biberbrugg (S13 train in the direction of Einsiedeln from the 1st track, 16 minutes on the road),
    Biberbrugg - Arth-Goldau (train in the direction of Luzern, 22 minutes on the way),
    Arth-Goldau - Göschenen (train in the direction of Locarno from route 5, on the road 54 minutes),
    Göschenen - Andermatt (train in the direction of Andermatt from route 11/13, 10 minutes on the road).

See the exact timetable at www.sbb.ch.

Ticket price: 41.60 CHF one way second class (44.60 CHF - if you go through Wädenswil - Biberbrugg - Arth-Goldau - Göschenen).

Orient in Andermatt:

The center of Andermatt is located south of the station - just go down the Gottardstrasse - this is the main street in the city. It is impossible to miss the center - too small a town.

Monument to Suvorov and Damn bridge It is located north of the station: all along the same Gottardstrasse or walking along the railway you will reach the River Reis. She will lead you to the monument. From the station it is about 1 km walk.

Monument to Suvorov

To the north of Andermatt, a 12-meter-long cross is carved into the rock. Bottom initiation:

"To the valiant associates of the Generalissimo Field Marshal Count Suvorov-Rymniksky, Prince of Italy, who died during the passage through the Alps in 1799."

The monument was created on the initiative and with the money of Prince Golitsyn. For three years, work was underway to create a monument, led by the Swiss architect Chokke. At the opening in 1898, Colonel Segesser announced that the Swiss would “It is sacred to keep this cross and that no one will violate its shrine, for no one will pass through St. Gotthard anymore».

A hundred years later, in 1998, restoration work was carried out, the cost of which amounted to 250,000 francs. The mayor of Andermatt Ferdinand Muheim paid half of the amount, another 100,000 francs spent the authorities of the canton of Uri on irrigation and restoration works, the rest was paid by a Russian businessman.
The territory near the cross (495 sq. Meters) belongs to the Russian Federation, as a sign of which the Russian flag flutters here.

Now two new bridges are thrown across the gorge: a pedestrian bridge of the 19th century, next to the remains of the old Devil's bridge, and a car bridge of the 20th century, higher and further away.

Damn bridge

This bridge, at which the famous battle took place, no longer exists - only a small stone base remains next to the pedestrian bridge.

According to legend, people tried many times to build a bridge over the gorge, but they did not succeed. Then in 1595 they turned to Satan asking for help. The devil agreed, but made a condition that he would take the soul of the first one to cross the bridge. The bridge was built in one night, and people found an original solution to their obligations - the first to let the kid go through the bridge. In memory of those events, a drawing depicting a devil and a little kid is applied near the bridge.

Talmuseum - Suvorov's house

On the only major street in Andermatt - St. Gottardstrasse - at number 253 is the largest house here, where he spent the night before the battle of Suvorov. The facade is decorated with a plaque: "On September 25, 1799, Generalissimo Suvorov’s headquarters was here." In fact, at that time, Alexander Vasilievich was still a field marshal. After staying in the house of Suvorov, the name “Suvorovhaus” was assigned to the building.

Currently, the house has been turned into a museum (Talmuseum), where you can see the situation of that time.
The building itself is one of the most beautiful chalets in the Ursern Valley. It was built in 1786. Inside, the building is decorated in the typical style of this region. So visitors to the museum will be able to get acquainted with the history and culture of the Ursern Valley.

  • Museum Hours: Wed-Sat 16-18 (in winter - also on Sunday).
  • Input: adults 5 CHF, children 2.5 CHF, group ticket for adults / children - 3.5 / 2 CHF.
  • www.talmuseum-ursern.ch

Unsern-Loch, or Unzern hole, is nowadays not preserved narrow opening in the rock, not more than 2 meters wide and 67 meters long. The road from the opening sharply descended to the arch of the Devil's Bridge.

During the battle between the French and Russian troops in 1799, the French took a strategic position by installing a cannon firing shotgun at the entrance to the tunnel. It was not possible to go through the opening directly. Then Suvorov decided to take the tunnel from the rear: about 300 people went around Unsern-Loch from above, for which it was necessary to wear iron sandals with spikes on soldiers' boots.

A blow from the rear sowed a terrible panic among the French inside the tunnel and near the bridge.

Excerpt from A.V.Suvorov's Relation to Emperor Paul I:

“The troops of Your Imperial Majesty passed through a dark mountain cave, occupied a bridge, built and named Teyfelsbrücke by an amazing game of nature from two mountains. One destroyed by the enemy. But this does not stop the winners, the boards are tied with officers' scarves, they run along these boards, go down from the top into the abysses and, reaching the enemy, hit him everywhere ... Drowning in slippery mud, it was necessary to rise against the waterfall, which was overthrown with a roar and depressed the terrible with fury stones and blocks of snow and earth, on which many people with horses flew into the abyss of hell ... "

St. Gottard Pass (2108 m)

From Andermatt begins the famous St. Gottard Pass. Previously, the south and north of the country were connected by a single road, winding by a snake on mountain sklren. It was built several hundred years ago. It is paved with stones and has stone columns. However, the Swiss were unhappy with the increased traffic in their clean villages, as a result of which it was decided to build a tunnel. The St. Gotthard Tunnel - one of the longest in the world - begins a little earlier - from Airolo, passes under Andermatt and goes further, to the canton of Ticino.

You can go through the Suvorov places on foot. To do this, you need to get from Andermatt by post bus to the mountain Gotthard Passhöhe. This is a tiny village in the form of a hotel, post office, restaurant, a couple of houses and a large parking lot.

The main attraction is monument to Suvorov. Here, the audience will not see a proud general, but an exhausted little old man (and Suvorov was already 70 years old during the Alpine campaign), whose horse is led by a local guide - hunter Antonio Gampa. The monument was made by sculptor Tugarinov in 1999. Under it, on a rock - a commemorative plaque in Russian and Italian.

From here numerous hiking trails for hiking diverge, past the numerous mountain lakes and rocks "licked" by the glacier many thousands of years ago.

Furka pass pass (2431 m)

Picturesque pass that you can overcome by car. In summer, through the pass you can take a postal bus from Andermatt to the west towards the canton of Valais. Under the pass there is the Furka-Basis Tunnel railway tunnel (15.4 km), so if you don’t want to lose time in traffic jams at the pass, you can use the train. Including it is possible to transport a car by train (official website of local railways).Trains run approximately every hour from 9 to 21, the price of a one-way ticket is about 25-30 francs, and the journey takes 15 minutes.

In a similar way, you can avoid traffic jams near the Oberalp Pass in the direction of the canton of Graubünden (to the east), using the trains in the direction of Sedrun (price about 70 francs, journey about an hour), www.mgbahn.ch.

Ski slopes

The ski region consists of four parts: Gemsstock (Gemsstock - 2,963 m), Nätschen, Winterhorn, Ralp (Realp). A great place for skiers of all levels, snowboarders and hikers in the winter. The ski season begins in mid-December and ends in late April.

  • Ski Area - 1446-2963 m
  • The total length of the tracks is 74 km (of them - green - 0, blue - 10, red - 8, black - 5)
  • The maximum length of the route is 4 km (elevation difference - 751 m).

Save:

If you plan to travel only in the region around Lake Lucerne, then you can use a special tourist regional ticket - Tell pass.

Tell-Pass gives you free access to all public transport and the lifts in the region around Lucerne. There are options for a different number of days and options with an additionally covered travel to the region (10% discount on the way to the region + Tell Pass for the selected number of days). Days should go in a row, without a break. Details can be bought here.

Tell Pass Cost:

  • 2 days - 170 CHF
  • 3 days - 200 CHF
  • 4 days - 220 CHF
  • 5 days - 230 CHF
  • 10 days - 280 CHF

Summer in the sun

In sunny weather, mountain walks turn into an exciting adventure for any age. Bike tours, hiking, climbing - your activity will not know the boundaries.

Discover the natural alpine landscape around Andermatt. Numerous hiking trails lead tourists from Andermatt to the mountains, to secluded lakes or the Royce River. You will enjoy breathtaking views, as well as fascinating thematic and ring trails. Professional tourists and amateurs will be able to justify their expenses.

For children, you can turn a walking route into an exciting quest by looking for hidden locations (geocaching) using a GPS navigator.

Regardless of whether you prefer mountain biking or cycling, Andermatt will offer you exciting cycling routes for every taste. Numerous extreme cycling routes are ideal for mountain biking. During bike rides along eight alpine passes, you can enjoy stunning views.

Snowy winter

In winter, Andermatt is very popular as a center for winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or sledding, you can ride down the slopes or make your own track in deep snow. Winter sports enthusiasts will find excellent conditions for classic cross-country skiing or skateboarding in the Urzerntal Valley.

Ski resorts

  • Gemsstock offers an excellent ski resort at an altitude of 2961 above sea level. The ski resort, where the snow lies all winter, is equipped with a cable car and several ski lifts and, according to Fit for Fun magazine, is the best ski resort in the Alps.
  • In addition, Gemsstock is considered a favorite place for freeriding.
  • Natchan is famous for its sunny slopes, which are ideal for families and amateur athletes.
  • The ski complexes of Sedrun and Disentis are located nearby. After combining the two ski resorts, the modern SkiArena ski complex in Andermatt - Sedrun arose - the largest complex in central Switzerland with slopes longer than 120 kilometers. The complex is designed in conjunction with environmental organizations.
  • In the Urzerntal Valley there is an extensive network of cross-country skiing trails that will make the hearts of cross-country skiing enthusiasts beat faster.

Walking and Sledding

For those who find skiing or snowboarding too extreme, we recommend snowshoeing. Since snowshoes can be used on any form and any thickness of snow. your walks will not depend on the weather, nor on specially laid tracks.

In Andermatt, you can also have a great sleigh ride. The sleigh track on the sunny slope of Andermatt is primarily aimed at children, but can bring great pleasure to the whole family.

If you like a comfortable stay, you can go on a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy surroundings of Andermatt. Wrapped in a warm woolen blanket, enjoy the peace and beauty of nature.

Shopping & Attractions

The center of the village in a traditional style invites you to visit a number of small shops. It is also worth seeing the church of St. Peter and Paul and the adjacent cemetery.

Those who are interested in history are advised to visit the Museum of the Urzerntal Valley in Andermatt. This patrician house built in 1786 reflects the everyday life of the 1780s / 1800s in all its splendor. In addition, here you will learn all about the history of the valley and culture, tourism, the army and the economy of the Alps.

At the end of the day, spent on the snowy slopes, you can relax with a delicious fondue or take a hot bath in the Hot Pot bath complex. If you still want to listen to music, Andermatt has something to offer you.

For example, wonderful concerts of classical, rock or pop music. Talented solo musicians perform in the evenings in the cozy bar or lounge of The Chedi Andermatt Hotel and in many other resort bars and restaurants.

Of course, you will also find a whole range of après ski services. Or you can have a drink before heading to bed after a day full of experiences.

New resort village of Andermatt Reuss

Since 2010, Andermatt Swiss Alps AG has been implementing the project of a new resort complex Andermatt Reuss. In order not to destroy the natural charm of Andermatt, the construction project is focused on ensuring environmental safety.

Only renewable sources are used as energy sources, and the resort center is a pedestrian zone. Built on the traditions of local architecture, the new hotels fit perfectly into the landscape.

After the construction is completed, the Andermatt Reuss resort complex will cover six 4- and 5-star hotels, 500 apartments in 42 houses, as well as about 28 exclusive chalets that can be designed according to your desire when buying a land plot.

Foreign citizens also have the right to purchase these apartments, since the law, which this usually prohibits, does not apply to Andermatt.

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