3 North-South Route
3 North-South Route

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North-South Route

Stage 4, Flüelen–Andermatt

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North-South Route

The Urnerland region: a transit corridor that's always throbbing with activity, where the turbulent Reuss plunges down the Schöllenen Gorge. Tamed only by the mountainsides and the Devil's Bridge, the river makes its way to its delta on Lake Uri through alluvial forests, water channels and reed meadows.
Altdorf is the starting-point of the Gotthard road, which explains why the capital of Uri canton was already important in the Middle Ages. The town hall square is home to what is probably Switzerland's most famous Tell monument: the bronze statue by sculptor Richard Kissling was unveiled in 1895. Standing almost 4 meters high and weighing nearly 100 hundredweight, this artwork portrays the national hero with his crossbow shouldered, together with his son Walter. Before Erstfeld, a visitor centre offers information about the construction of the Gotthard Tunnel. However, the hoard of gold discovered here in 1962, the most important Celtic find in Switzerland, is on show in the Swiss National Museum in Zurich.

Unusual mineral and crystal deposits from the Central Alps are exhibited in the Uri Mineral Museum in Seedorf. It is some distance away from the cycle route (note the opening times). In Erstfeld, look across the bend in the river Reuss and you will spot the Jagdmatt Chapel. First mentioned in 1339, it now ranks as a national pilgrimage chapel and is popular for weddings. You can glimpse pretty irises beside the path as you pass through rock walls that tower ever higher. It’s no surprise that 5,000 to 15,000 m3 of gravel are extracted each year at the Butzen inert substances disposal site just before Amsteg.

Amsteg is the location of one of the two large power plants that supply electricity for the Gotthard line. 90% of the hydroelectric power plant is owned by SBB; it was commissioned in 1922 after four years of construction work. The second facility is the storage power plant at Ritom near Piotta, supplied with water from Lake Ritom. Surely an iconic landmark of the Gotthard railway: the pretty baroque church at Wassen. Thanks to the loops of the tunnel system, you can see the village church three times from different angles. It is protected by St Gallus – and also, just a little perhaps, by the mighty Devil's Stone that had to be shifted over 100 meters up the valley for the construction of the road tunnel. High above wild Schöllenen Gorge, a cycle path leads towards the mountains, across the lower Devil's Bridge dating from 1830. Motorbikes and cars roar through the awesome landscape of mountains and gorges above, but their noise is almost drowned out by the river Reuss as it crashes into the depths. After just a few hundred meters, you reach Andermatt.
The Urnerland region: a transit corridor that's always throbbing with activity, where the turbulent Reuss plunges down the Schöllenen Gorge. Tamed only by the mountainsides and the Devil's Bridge, the river makes its way to its delta on Lake Uri through alluvial forests, water channels and reed meadows.
Altdorf is the starting-point of the Gotthard road, which explains why the capital of Uri canton was already important in the Middle Ages. The town hall square is home to what is probably Switzerland's most famous Tell monument: the bronze statue by sculptor Richard Kissling was unveiled in 1895. Standing almost 4 meters high and weighing nearly 100 hundredweight, this artwork portrays the national hero with his crossbow shouldered, together with his son Walter. Before Erstfeld, a visitor centre offers information about the construction of the Gotthard Tunnel. However, the hoard of gold discovered here in 1962, the most important Celtic find in Switzerland, is on show in the Swiss National Museum in Zurich.

Unusual mineral and crystal deposits from the Central Alps are exhibited in the Uri Mineral Museum in Seedorf. It is some distance away from the cycle route (note the opening times). In Erstfeld, look across the bend in the river Reuss and you will spot the Jagdmatt Chapel. First mentioned in 1339, it now ranks as a national pilgrimage chapel and is popular for weddings. You can glimpse pretty irises beside the path as you pass through rock walls that tower ever higher. It’s no surprise that 5,000 to 15,000 m3 of gravel are extracted each year at the Butzen inert substances disposal site just before Amsteg.

Amsteg is the location of one of the two large power plants that supply electricity for the Gotthard line. 90% of the hydroelectric power plant is owned by SBB; it was commissioned in 1922 after four years of construction work. The second facility is the storage power plant at Ritom near Piotta, supplied with water from Lake Ritom. Surely an iconic landmark of the Gotthard railway: the pretty baroque church at Wassen. Thanks to the loops of the tunnel system, you can see the village church three times from different angles. It is protected by St Gallus – and also, just a little perhaps, by the mighty Devil's Stone that had to be shifted over 100 meters up the valley for the construction of the road tunnel. High above wild Schöllenen Gorge, a cycle path leads towards the mountains, across the lower Devil's Bridge dating from 1830. Motorbikes and cars roar through the awesome landscape of mountains and gorges above, but their noise is almost drowned out by the river Reuss as it crashes into the depths. After just a few hundred meters, you reach Andermatt.
39 km
Asphalted: 35 km
Natural surface: 4 km
1150 m | 160 m
difficult

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Arrival / return travel Flüelen
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Transport Gotthard Tunnel
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Transport Gotthard Tunnel
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Göschenen, Bahnhof–Airolo
or
Airolo–Göschenen, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved Göschenen–Airolo 1000m, Airolo–Göschenen 930m.
SBB Timetable
Ascent Gotthardpass
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Ascent Gotthardpass
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Erstfeld–Airolo
or
Biasca–Göschenen, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved Erstfeld–Airolo 1650m, Biasca–Göschenen 1800m.
SBB Timetable
Ascent Andermatt
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Ascent Andermatt
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Göschenen, Bahnhof–Andermatt
Reason: metres in height saved: approx. 330m.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Andermatt
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Tourist
Hotel Tourist
Flüelen
Berggahsthaus Brüsti
Berggahsthaus Brüsti
Attinghausen
Hotel Stern und Post
Hotel Stern und Post
Amsteg
Treschhütte SAC
Treschhütte SAC
Gurtnellen Station
The River House
The River House
Andermatt
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Andermatt
Salbithütte SAC
Salbithütte SAC
Göschenen
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Hospental
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Bookable offers

3 North-South Route Basel-Chiasso
3 North-South Route Basel-Chiasso
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Places

Flüelen
Flüelen
Altdorf
Altdorf
Erstfeld
Erstfeld
Amsteg
Amsteg
Wassen
Wassen
Andermatt
Andermatt
Göschenen
Göschenen
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Places of interest

Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Tell museum
Tell museum
Pumptrack Schattdorf
Pumptrack Schattdorf
Attinghausen, Mettlen–Berg (Surenenpass)
Attinghausen, Mettlen–Berg (Surenenpass)
InfoCenter Alptransit Gotthard AG
InfoCenter Alptransit Gotthard AG
Eldorado of cable cars: Gemsstock
Eldorado of cable cars: Gemsstock
Monument of Suworow
Monument of Suworow
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
Waterworld Göschenen
Waterworld Göschenen
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Swimming

Flüelen lido
Flüelen lido
Swimming baths Altdorf
Swimming baths Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
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Signalization

Signalization
For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization

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