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Klausenpass
Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 6, Urner Boden–Altdorf (UR)
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Höhenweg Schächental
Höhenweg Schächental
Route 595, Klausenpass–Flüelen (Eggberge)
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Klausenpass
Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 3, Glarus–Flüelen
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Klausenpass
Schächental Bike
Urnerboden Bike
Spiringen
Klausenpass

Klausenpass

From the valley of the River Reuss to the valley of the River Linth: the almost 50 kilometre pass road from Altdorf (UR) through the Schächtental over the pass summit to Urnerboden and further to Linthal (GL) is considered challenging but rewarding, with spectacular views.
The Klausen pass road (1948 metres altitude) was opened in 1948. A postbus route operates during the summer months and the road is closed in winter. The Klausen Pass has been a major pass route for centuries: the Russian general Suvorov led his army over the Klausen in 1799.

The Klausen Pass is an anomaly as political boundaries go; the border between the cantons of Uri and Glarus isn’t marked by the summit, but runs 8 kilometres to the east. Therefore Urnerboden, the largest alp in Switzerland, belongs to Canton Uri and not to Glarus.

The village of Bürglen is situated at the entrance to the Schächental. It is said to be the birthplace of legendary Swiss hero William Tell. Bürglen has a small Tell Museum. A just under 4km-long hiking trail leads from Unterschächen to Brunnialp, passing the Badkapelle chapel, built in 1708. The Brunnital is a nature conservation area with rich Alpine flora and fauna. The Schächentaler Höhenweg (high trail) leads in the opposite direction, ending in Eggbergen above the Uri cantonal capital of Altdorf.

After Unterschächen, the road climbs in two long hairpin bends and runs along the northern flank of the Schächental, offering a spectacular view of the Alp Aesch with its romantic 100 metre-high Stäuben waterfall.

Another spectacular view opens up directly below the pass summit at the Hotel Klausenpasshöhe, showing the snow-capped peaks of the Clariden and the jagged rock formations of the Windgällen. Looking back over the Schächental, you can see the Uri-Rotstock peak.

In marked contrast to the narrow Schächental, the much flatter landscape of the Urnerboden is wide and open. The Gemsfairenhüttli cabin is the starting point for climbs to the Gemsfairenstock and the Claridenstock peaks. The road regains its typical pass road appearance as it makes its winding descend through the valley towards Linthal.

Highlights

  • Schächental – narrow branch valley of the Reuss with William Tell Museum, mineral spring in the Brunnital and the Schächentaler Höhenweg (high trail).
  • Urnerboden – Switzerland’s largest alp with grazing for 1200 cows. Situated on the eastern (Glarus) side of the Klausen Pass, but belongs to Canton Uri.
  • Clariden – a popular route to this peak starts at the Klausen Pass. The Clariden is a winter ski touring favourite. Beautiful view of the Tödi peak.
From the valley of the River Reuss to the valley of the River Linth: the almost 50 kilometre pass road from Altdorf (UR) through the Schächtental over the pass summit to Urnerboden and further to Linthal (GL) is considered challenging but rewarding, with spectacular views.
The Klausen pass road (1948 metres altitude) was opened in 1948. A postbus route operates during the summer months and the road is closed in winter. The Klausen Pass has been a major pass route for centuries: the Russian general Suvorov led his army over the Klausen in 1799.

The Klausen Pass is an anomaly as political boundaries go; the border between the cantons of Uri and Glarus isn’t marked by the summit, but runs 8 kilometres to the east. Therefore Urnerboden, the largest alp in Switzerland, belongs to Canton Uri and not to Glarus.

The village of Bürglen is situated at the entrance to the Schächental. It is said to be the birthplace of legendary Swiss hero William Tell. Bürglen has a small Tell Museum. A just under 4km-long hiking trail leads from Unterschächen to Brunnialp, passing the Badkapelle chapel, built in 1708. The Brunnital is a nature conservation area with rich Alpine flora and fauna. The Schächentaler Höhenweg (high trail) leads in the opposite direction, ending in Eggbergen above the Uri cantonal capital of Altdorf.

After Unterschächen, the road climbs in two long hairpin bends and runs along the northern flank of the Schächental, offering a spectacular view of the Alp Aesch with its romantic 100 metre-high Stäuben waterfall.

Another spectacular view opens up directly below the pass summit at the Hotel Klausenpasshöhe, showing the snow-capped peaks of the Clariden and the jagged rock formations of the Windgällen. Looking back over the Schächental, you can see the Uri-Rotstock peak.

In marked contrast to the narrow Schächental, the much flatter landscape of the Urnerboden is wide and open. The Gemsfairenhüttli cabin is the starting point for climbs to the Gemsfairenstock and the Claridenstock peaks. The road regains its typical pass road appearance as it makes its winding descend through the valley towards Linthal.

Highlights

  • Schächental – narrow branch valley of the Reuss with William Tell Museum, mineral spring in the Brunnital and the Schächentaler Höhenweg (high trail).
  • Urnerboden – Switzerland’s largest alp with grazing for 1200 cows. Situated on the eastern (Glarus) side of the Klausen Pass, but belongs to Canton Uri.
  • Clariden – a popular route to this peak starts at the Klausen Pass. The Clariden is a winter ski touring favourite. Beautiful view of the Tödi peak.

Arrival and return Klausenpass

Adresse

Uri Tourismus AG
Schützengasse 11
6460 Altdorf
Tel. +41 (0)41 874 80 00
info@uri.swiss
www.uri.swiss

Services

Accommodation

Berggasthaus Ratzi
Berggasthaus Ratzi
Spiringen
Gasthaus Urnerboden
Gasthaus Urnerboden
Urnerboden
Hof Ratismatt
Hof Ratismatt
Spiringen
Naturfreundehaus Rietlig
Naturfreundehaus Rietlig
Spiringen
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Hiking in

Klausenpass
Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 6, Urner Boden–Altdorf (UR)
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Höhenweg Schächental
Höhenweg Schächental
Route 595, Klausenpass–Flüelen (Eggberge)
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Cycling in

Klausenpass
Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 3, Glarus–Flüelen
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Mountain biking in

Klausenpass
Schächental Bike
Urnerboden Bike