Andermatt is a beautiful alpine village located in the Ursern Valley at 1,444m above sea level. The region is geographically very important, thanks to the Gotthard, Furka and Oberalp Passes which allow travellers to cross the Alps. The famous Devil's Bridge across the Schöllenen Gorge is also close at hand (the notorious original version was the subject of many dramatic Turner paintings). The village has a traditional feel, with plenty of chalet style buildings and the nostalgia is continued with the jaunty horse drawn carriage rides which you can enjoy in Andermatt and the surrounding villages. You could head out to one of the villages such as Hospental, Realp or Goschenen for a leisurely lunch and a mountain walk. Hotel guests benefit from the FREE Andermatt Visitor Card during the summer months, with free or discounted entry to local attractions
A fabulous way to enjoy more of the the ingenious alpine passes is by rail. The Glacier Express scenic rail journey calls at Andermatt, so you could take a day trip to historic Brig, or enjoy a ride on the Furka steam railway.
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Where to stay in Andermatt
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What to see and do from Andermatt
There is plenty to explore in this alpine world. You could take the two stage cable car journey from Intschi to Arnisee - an idyllic lake on a sunny mountain plateau, surrounded by trees and meadows. From Sedrun there is the nostalgic cable car to Tgom, with its charming alpine landscape, walking trails and superb panoramic views. Indeed, walking opportunities are plentiful across the region, often with themed trails such as the path which follows the Gotthard railway line.
There are beautiful quartz crystals to be seen glinting in the crevasses around Gotthard and further examples at the Sasso San Gottardo underground museum. The Furka steam railway is a must do while you are in the area. The carefully restored vintage trains travel from Realp to Oberwald on the historic Furka line, with all its dramatic scenery, tunnels and bridges. The train stops in Furka for passengers to enjoy the views at 2,160m and further on you'll see the spectacular sight of the Rhone Glacier, appearing between snow-capped mountains.
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Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site from Andermatt
There are a number of day trips you can undertake from Andermatt to visit a UNESCO site. The Aletsch Arena offers phenomenal natural views and you can see the origins of the Alps at the Sardona Tectonic Area. There's fascinating medieval history at the Castles of Bellinzona. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the Central Switzerland region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Tell Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! If you are planning to travel further afield, you might consider the Swiss Travel Pass as an alternative. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Andermatt
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Andermatt lies at the heart of two of Switzerland's finest scenic journeys. You can take the Gotthard Panorama Express south to Lugano or north to Lucerne. You can also join the famous Glacier Express for Zermatt or St. Moritz.
If you prefer to be based solely in Andermatt, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.