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ViaGottardo

Stage 9, Wassen–Andermatt

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ViaGottardo

Closely watched by the devil, the route leads from Wassen to Göschenen and through the bottleneck of the Schöllenenschlucht gorge to Andermatt. The sequence of historic routes, bridges, customs posts and hostels bring pre-modern transport to life.
The historic hike to Andermatt starts in Wassen, famous for its "Chileli" (little church). Since the Gotthard Railway opening in 1882, it has been a landmark on the train ride south, during which you get to see the little Baroque church from three different angles. The stone and wood-built houses, along with the splendid fountain dominating the village square, are also a sight to behold. After two short sections along the motorway, the route leaves the road for good and continues slightly above the Reuss river. At Fusterblacken, you are directly above the motorway. A little further on, the path turns into a gravel road. The route continues along the railway line to Göschenen.

Most people know Göschenen, located at the top of the Urner Reusstal valley, only from passing through it. The village was bustling between 1872 and 1882 and again almost a hundred years later, from 1970 to 1980. At the time, the world's longest railway tunnel and later the longest road tunnel were built. For this purpose, thousands of guest workers come to the village. Stretching to the west of Göschenen, away from the flow of traffic, lies the Göscheneralptal valley, a breathtakingly beautiful recreational area boasting reservoirs, moors, ponds and the 3,630-metre-high Dammastock.

The route now leads through the Schöllenenschlucht (gorge) and, shortly after, across the beautiful, three-arch Häderlisbrücke (stone bridge). Your hike continues directly above the road, with the Reuss roaring ever more wildly through the valley. After the last bends, you can already see the monument to General Suvorov, who in 1799 successfully led Russian troops through the Schöllenenschlucht despite resistance by the French. The famous Teufelsbrücke (Devil's Bridge) follows immediately after that. Around the year 1200, the people of Ursern – who knows, maybe even with help from the devil – achieved the unique feat of building a bridge across the gorge, which was previously considered impassable. In 1595, the wooden bridge was replaced by a stone structure. Note: The short 15-minute detour passing through the military shaft and above the Teufelsbrücke is worthwhile. The stage ends in Andermatt at the foot of the Oberalp Pass.
Closely watched by the devil, the route leads from Wassen to Göschenen and through the bottleneck of the Schöllenenschlucht gorge to Andermatt. The sequence of historic routes, bridges, customs posts and hostels bring pre-modern transport to life.
The historic hike to Andermatt starts in Wassen, famous for its "Chileli" (little church). Since the Gotthard Railway opening in 1882, it has been a landmark on the train ride south, during which you get to see the little Baroque church from three different angles. The stone and wood-built houses, along with the splendid fountain dominating the village square, are also a sight to behold. After two short sections along the motorway, the route leaves the road for good and continues slightly above the Reuss river. At Fusterblacken, you are directly above the motorway. A little further on, the path turns into a gravel road. The route continues along the railway line to Göschenen.

Most people know Göschenen, located at the top of the Urner Reusstal valley, only from passing through it. The village was bustling between 1872 and 1882 and again almost a hundred years later, from 1970 to 1980. At the time, the world's longest railway tunnel and later the longest road tunnel were built. For this purpose, thousands of guest workers come to the village. Stretching to the west of Göschenen, away from the flow of traffic, lies the Göscheneralptal valley, a breathtakingly beautiful recreational area boasting reservoirs, moors, ponds and the 3,630-metre-high Dammastock.

The route now leads through the Schöllenenschlucht (gorge) and, shortly after, across the beautiful, three-arch Häderlisbrücke (stone bridge). Your hike continues directly above the road, with the Reuss roaring ever more wildly through the valley. After the last bends, you can already see the monument to General Suvorov, who in 1799 successfully led Russian troops through the Schöllenenschlucht despite resistance by the French. The famous Teufelsbrücke (Devil's Bridge) follows immediately after that. Around the year 1200, the people of Ursern – who knows, maybe even with help from the devil – achieved the unique feat of building a bridge across the gorge, which was previously considered impassable. In 1595, the wooden bridge was replaced by a stone structure. Note: The short 15-minute detour passing through the military shaft and above the Teufelsbrücke is worthwhile. The stage ends in Andermatt at the foot of the Oberalp Pass.
10 km
680 m | 150 m
3 h 10 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Wassen, Dorf
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Ascent Schöllenen
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Ascent Schöllenen
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Erstfeld–Andermatt via Göschenen, Bahnhof
or
Andermatt–Erstfeld via Göschenen, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 970m.
SBB Timetable
Winter closure: Wassen-Göschenen
Duration
16.11.2020 - 21.05.2021
Reason
Other
Over the winter months the hiking trail bridges in the Naxtal and Neiselental are dismantled. The trail section Wassen - Göschenen is closed. As there is still a lot of snow in spring at higher altitudes, the winter closure can last until mid-May.
Status
validated
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Data source: Swiss Hiking Federation and Cantonal hiking associations

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Andermatt
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Winter closure: Andermatt-Göschenen
Duration
04.11.2020 - 21.05.2021
Reason
Other
On the mountain hiking trail Andermatt-Göschenen the bridges and fall protection devices were dismantled. The section Färschenkehr-Galerie Nasse Kehle is closed during the winter months.
Status
validated
Data source: Swiss Hiking Federation and Cantonal hiking associations

Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the canton and the communities. Lend a hand by becoming a member in your canton.
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Urner Wanderwege
Rathausplatz 4
6460 Altdorf
info@urnerwanderwege.ch
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Services

Accommodation

The River House
The River House
Andermatt
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Andermatt
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Places

Wassen
Wassen
Göschenen
Göschenen
Andermatt
Andermatt
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Places of interest

Waterworld Göschenen
Waterworld Göschenen
Monument of Suworow
Monument of Suworow
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
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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