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Travel – Andermatt, a ski resort in Switzerland

Andermatt is in the canton of Uri, Switzerland. It is a ski resort and town and is a municipality of Uri and is located in the Urseren valley with Realp and Hospental which is 22 km (14 miles) from south of Altdorf. They are are located in the heart of the Gotthard holiday region. Andermatt is the largest of the three villages in the valley. Andermatt has an area, as of 2006, of 62.2 square kilometers (24.0 sq mi).
This place offers many sports for both the weathers, winter and summer. It offers a ski area for skiing, hiking, and other activities that can be done are biking, golfing, mountain climbing, fishing, playing tennis, camping and paragliding. The place is full of Alpine scenery, a perfect place to relax and enjoy. The area of Gotthard is Europe’s “moated Castle”. It has 40 lakes and a valley.
The major rivers of the Gotthard include rivers of the Rhine, Rhone, Reuss and Tessin. Ther is also a 60 km long themed footpath in the Göscheneralp valley. The place is full of museums like Talmuseum, Gotthard museum, Festungsmuseum and churches like Church St. Kolumban, Parish Church St. Peter and Paul and Mariahilf Chapel and many passes.
The passes in Uri are
– Kanton Uri
– Gotthardpass
– Furkapass
– Oberalppass
– Sustenpass
– Klausenpass.
The Ursern valley is ideal for all people travelling from the north, south, east or west. It takes 90 minutes for Basel or Lugano on A2 motorway. At the Goschenen exit, arrive in 15 minutes to Andermatt. By train transfer at Goschenen to cog-train of Matterhorn-Gotthard-Railway and arrive at Andermatt.

Places of see
• Talmuseum: The Talmuseum is a chalet type of house. It is located in Ursern valley. It was built in 1786. The museum is fully decorated and gives insight to the customs and housing history of those times of Ursen valley. It is open from Wednesday to Saturday.
• Gotthard museum. At an elevation of 2100metres, Gotthard pass has a museum named Gotthard museum. It covers the entire history of the Gotthard pass. The museum is open as long as the pass, that is from June to October.
• Festungsmuseum: It is part of the Nationalen St.-Gotthard-Museums.
• Town: The main street of the village centre has stately houses with Rococo interiors. It is special with its timber construction, open arches and free standing stone stairways. It has granite flagstone of the Gotthard era. In the Town hall, Guildhouse of Urseren bearing the history and historical documents is present.
• Church St. Kolumban: This church is an 11th century monastery of Ursern. It is a Romanesque sacral building in Uri.
• Parish Church St. Peter and Paul: The most noteworthy Catholic Church in the Ursern valley is the Parish church. It was built in 1602. The church is a work of the renowned Valaisian sculptur Johannes Ritz. The Baroque chapel of St. Michael was built as an ossuary in 1640.
• Mariahilf Chapel: The Mariahilf Chapel was built for protection against avalanches, in 1735/36, above the village.
• Devil’s Bridge: This bridge in Schollenen was built for commercial traffic. It was given its name because it was really impossible over the dangerous ravine.
• Suworow monument; This monument was built in 1898. It was built in the honor of the Russian General and his soldiers. They passed Andermatt battle in 1799 during the French Revolution.

How to get there

• By car
There are roads in all four directions to Andermatt. The town is surrounded by mountain passes. The highest, Furka, to the west is situated at more than 2400 meters and Andermatt itself is more than 1400 meters over the sea level. Alpine passes has spectacular views.
• By train
Andermatt connects to the Swiss national railways SBB Davos Platz, Göschenen and Visp. The Glacier Express from St.Moritz also stops at Andermatt.
• By plane
International passengers often arrive in Zürich International airport.
• Andermatt serves as a crossroads between southern Switzerland and the North as well as between eastern Switzerland i.e. Graubünden/Grisonsand Western Switzerland, i.e. Valais, Berne and the Swiss Romande. The town is thus connected by four Alpine passes: the Oberalp Pass (6,706 ft; 2,044 m.) to the East, the St. Gotthard Pass (6,909 ft; 2,106 m.) to the South, the Furka Pass (7,992 ft; 2,436 m.) to the West, as well as the Göschenertal Pass (4,652 ft; 1,418 m.) to the North. The Schöllenen Gorge in the Reuss Valley between Andermatt and Göschenen is the location of the infamous Devil’s Bridge.

Best time to visit / climate:

There are activities for both the weathers – summer and winter.
Hiking, biking, golfing, paragliding, climbing, fishing, tennis etc., are the various activities that are right for summer. Take the steam train over the Furkca or bike over the Gotthard. Enjoy the Alpine scenery at the place.
In winter, enjoy the endless snow and skiing, snowboarding, sledging, cross-country skiing.

Location on Google Maps:

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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Images and photos of Andermatt
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Ski race in Andermatt

Andermatt Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps above Andermatt


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