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The Andermatt Holiday Region is located in the heart of the Swiss Alpine Passes. The variety of touring possibilities with the eight surrounding Alpine Passes is unique in the world! In both summer and winter, the region is the perfect place for nature lovers to enjoy unforgettable moments relaxing in a magnificent mountain setting.

The SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun is gradually being expanded into the largest ski area in Central Switzerland and further developement  with modern facilities, offers winter sports enthusiasts some 120 kilometres of varied pistes as well as cross-country skiing trails, winter hiking trails, snowshoe trails and much more. Awaiting you in summer is a diverse natural landscape with countless mountain lakes, small glaciers, impressive side valleys and a range of mountain passes to be explored on foot or by bicycle. This region at the Gotthard is noted for its cultural diversity and well-documented history. Traces of this turbulent history are seen in the architecture, at the Valley Museum and at the fabled Schöllenen Gorge with its celebrated Devil’s Bridge, which once enabled travellers to cross the Gotthard Pass from north to south.

The Ursern Valley with the communities of Andermatt, Hospental and Realp is one of Switzerland’s most impressive high-lying valleys. It even attracted the attention of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who, when traveling through the valley in 1779, declared "of all the places I know, this is the dearest and most interesting to me". The name Ursern comes from the Latin word Ursus, meaning bear. Hence Urseren means the valley of the bears. The bear is still used as the emblem of the Ursern. The white cross on its back indicates that the area once belonged to the monastery of Disentis.

The Gotthard (2,091 m.a.s.l.) has long been an important Alpine crossing linking north and south. The route over the Gotthard was the sole Alpine crossing for travellers who only wanted to cross one pass. In 1200 the difficult “Schöllenenschlucht” (Schöllenen Gorge) was opened to foot travellers and later, in 1830, this pack-way was expanded to take coaches and sleighs. In 1852 the 15- kilometre long railway tunnel between Göschenen (Canton of Uri) and Airolo (Canton of Tessin or Ticino) was opened and this was considered the longest tunnel in the world until 1905. In the heyday of the “Säumers” (freight haulers using pack-animals) the journey between Lucerne and the Italian border took between 5-7 days. With the arrival of the Post Coach this journey was reduced to some 24 hours and the opening of the Gotthard railway tunnel further reduced it to 9 hours. During this 100-year period the journey over the Gotthard was shortened from several days to just a few hours.


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