2 Trans Swiss Trail
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Trans Swiss Trail

Stage 23, Andermatt–Passo del S. Gottardo

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Trans Swiss Trail

Follow the footsteps of the muleteers from Andermatt to the Gotthard Pass on the centuries-old north-south axis. The route along the Reuss through the romantic Urseren Valley to Hospental is mostly flat. From there, climb the historic mule trail to Switzerland’s most important Alpine pass, accompanied by the burbling Gotthard-Reuss River.
If you wish to travel to the Gotthard Pass the way they did in the times of the legendary Gotthard stagecoach in the mid-19th century, book a trip with the old, five-horse post coach. Or go even further back in time and choose the footpath. The muleteers transported their goods on this route as far back as the 13th century. At that time, the Gotthard Pass became one of the most important Alpine crossings. Who knew that traffic congestion on the Gotthard was problematic even then? Nowadays cars are held up in traffic jams before they get to the tunnel, but for hikers the way is clear.

A comfortable flat trail leads through the romantic Urseren Valley between Andermatt and Hospental. Along the Reuss and past the Alpine golf course of Andermatt you reach Hospental, the last stop before the path begins to climb. The town benefited from the busy traffic in the olden days as the many inns and the old customs station show. From now on it takes stamina: the route climbs from 1450 m to 2107 m at the top of the pass. It first follows the old post coach road of 1830. On the historic mule trail (marked as a mountain hiking trail) you feel taken back in time, as landscape and vegetation become more and more Alpine, more spectacular. Between Gamssteg and Mätteli you cross mountain pastures, while the road traffic rolls on. The ventilation system on top of a knoll is an indication of the road tunnel directly below it. Near Brüggloch you cross the border between Uri and the Ticino. On the last section of the path the transportation routes of three eras come together: the age-old mule trail, the old road of 1830 across the pass and the new road, which is protected against falling rocks. The path leads through a moor landscape with a wide variety of Alpine flora.

Shortly before the top, on your right you see the huge dam looming at the Lago di Lucendro reservoir, the source of the Gotthard-Reuss. After about 4 hours of walking you finally reach the destination. The Gotthard Pass is swarming with mountain bikes, motorcycles and cars. Time for a break at one of the small lakes or maybe a visit to the national St. Gotthard Museum. It tells the story of muleteers and mailmen, while Museum Sasso San Gottardo shows the underground tunnels of one of the largest World War II defence systems.
Follow the footsteps of the muleteers from Andermatt to the Gotthard Pass on the centuries-old north-south axis. The route along the Reuss through the romantic Urseren Valley to Hospental is mostly flat. From there, climb the historic mule trail to Switzerland’s most important Alpine pass, accompanied by the burbling Gotthard-Reuss River.
If you wish to travel to the Gotthard Pass the way they did in the times of the legendary Gotthard stagecoach in the mid-19th century, book a trip with the old, five-horse post coach. Or go even further back in time and choose the footpath. The muleteers transported their goods on this route as far back as the 13th century. At that time, the Gotthard Pass became one of the most important Alpine crossings. Who knew that traffic congestion on the Gotthard was problematic even then? Nowadays cars are held up in traffic jams before they get to the tunnel, but for hikers the way is clear.

A comfortable flat trail leads through the romantic Urseren Valley between Andermatt and Hospental. Along the Reuss and past the Alpine golf course of Andermatt you reach Hospental, the last stop before the path begins to climb. The town benefited from the busy traffic in the olden days as the many inns and the old customs station show. From now on it takes stamina: the route climbs from 1450 m to 2107 m at the top of the pass. It first follows the old post coach road of 1830. On the historic mule trail (marked as a mountain hiking trail) you feel taken back in time, as landscape and vegetation become more and more Alpine, more spectacular. Between Gamssteg and Mätteli you cross mountain pastures, while the road traffic rolls on. The ventilation system on top of a knoll is an indication of the road tunnel directly below it. Near Brüggloch you cross the border between Uri and the Ticino. On the last section of the path the transportation routes of three eras come together: the age-old mule trail, the old road of 1830 across the pass and the new road, which is protected against falling rocks. The path leads through a moor landscape with a wide variety of Alpine flora.

Shortly before the top, on your right you see the huge dam looming at the Lago di Lucendro reservoir, the source of the Gotthard-Reuss. After about 4 hours of walking you finally reach the destination. The Gotthard Pass is swarming with mountain bikes, motorcycles and cars. Time for a break at one of the small lakes or maybe a visit to the national St. Gotthard Museum. It tells the story of muleteers and mailmen, while Museum Sasso San Gottardo shows the underground tunnels of one of the largest World War II defence systems.
13 km
780 m | 120 m
4 h 00 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Andermatt
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Season

Season
Beware: snowfields possible into summer months on high-level sections

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Gotthard railway tunnel
226
Gotthard railway tunnel
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Erstfeld–Airolo
or
Airolo–Erstfeld
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1600m.
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Ascent Schöllenen
231
Ascent Schöllenen
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Erstfeld–Andermatt via Göschenen, Bahnhof
or
Andermatt–Erstfeld via Göschenen, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 970m.
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Ascent Gotthardpass (from Andermatt)
232
Ascent Gotthardpass (from Andermatt)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Andermatt, Bahnhof–Gotthard, Passhöhe
or
Gotthard, Passhöhe–Andermatt, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 900m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Gotthard Passhöhe
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Contact

Signpost management
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Urner Wanderwege
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Services

Accommodation

The River House
The River House
Andermatt
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Andermatt
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Hospental
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Bookable offers

2 Trans Swiss Trail: Gotthardpass & Strada Alta
2 Trans Swiss Trail: Gotthardpass & Strada Alta
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Places

Andermatt
Andermatt
Gotthardpass
Gotthardpass
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Places of interest

Monument of Suworow
Monument of Suworow
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
Gotthard Pass trade route
Gotthard Pass trade route
Malle-poste historique
Malle-poste historique
Tremola road (Val Tremola)
Tremola road (Val Tremola)
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization