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Stage 22, Wassen–Andermatt
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Who doesn’t know it – the little church on a hill at Wassen? It has been a landmark on a journey to the south since the opening of the Gotthard Railway, but is also a checkpoint on the bold but confusing route with two helical tunnels.
Train passengers see the small church from three different angles. The little baroque church is one of Switzerland’s best-known Houses of God. However, few have seen it from inside, whereby a visit to the baroque church dating from 1742 – one of the most opulent in Central Switzerland – and the picturesque village of Wassen is well worthwhile.

Wassen, at 930 m in the upper Reuss Valley in Canton Uri, did not first become famous with the opening of the Gotthard Railway in 1882. Beautiful stone and wood-built houses and the village square dominated by a splendid fountain were already setting the scene when five-horse post coaches drove through the village. After the opening of the mule trail over the Gotthard in the 13th century, the small mountain village soon became an important stage point. Also part of Wassen is the wild, romantic Meiental Valley, surrounded by majestic mountain chains including the Fünffingerstöcke. The road through the valley leads westwards to the Sustenpass (2259m), which links the cantons of Uri and Bern. In summer a postbus connection runs to Meiringen.

There is no actual village in Meiental, but several hamlets that are inhabited throughout the year. Wonderful hiking trails lead to, in parts, very mountainous areas. In addition to hotels and restaurants, two SAC huts, the Sewena and Sustli, offer visitors food and accommodation. The historic Sustenweg from Wassen to the head of the Sustenpass, in parts set with stone slabs, is ideal as a hiking and biking route. Winter and spring are the time for ski tours: Grassen for example is a favourite destination.

Wassen is also a departure point for cyclists and motorbike fans heading for the passes: over the Gotthard you’re soon into the Ticino, over the Susten into the Bernese Oberland, over the Oberalp into Graubunden and over the Furka to the Rhone Glacier and the Valais.

Highlights

  • The Gottardo-Weitwanderweg (long distance hiking trail) between Erstfeld and Biasca was opened for the 125th anniversary of the Gotthard Railway. Panels at over 50 places including Wassen provide information on the Gotthard Region and its railway.
  • Waterworld educational and experience trail - 60km long network of trails in nearby Göscheneralptal with 90 stations devoted to the theme of water.
  • Schöllenenschlucht - gorge, over which, according to legend, a bridge could only be built with the help of the devil; today a fixed rope route offers additional perspectives.
  • «Pfaffensprung» crystal caves - 165 metres long, the second largest crystal cave in Switzerland has provided large quantities of mountain crystals for centuries. Accessible with a guide.
Who doesn’t know it – the little church on a hill at Wassen? It has been a landmark on a journey to the south since the opening of the Gotthard Railway, but is also a checkpoint on the bold but confusing route with two helical tunnels.
Train passengers see the small church from three different angles. The little baroque church is one of Switzerland’s best-known Houses of God. However, few have seen it from inside, whereby a visit to the baroque church dating from 1742 – one of the most opulent in Central Switzerland – and the picturesque village of Wassen is well worthwhile.

Wassen, at 930 m in the upper Reuss Valley in Canton Uri, did not first become famous with the opening of the Gotthard Railway in 1882. Beautiful stone and wood-built houses and the village square dominated by a splendid fountain were already setting the scene when five-horse post coaches drove through the village. After the opening of the mule trail over the Gotthard in the 13th century, the small mountain village soon became an important stage point. Also part of Wassen is the wild, romantic Meiental Valley, surrounded by majestic mountain chains including the Fünffingerstöcke. The road through the valley leads westwards to the Sustenpass (2259m), which links the cantons of Uri and Bern. In summer a postbus connection runs to Meiringen.

There is no actual village in Meiental, but several hamlets that are inhabited throughout the year. Wonderful hiking trails lead to, in parts, very mountainous areas. In addition to hotels and restaurants, two SAC huts, the Sewena and Sustli, offer visitors food and accommodation. The historic Sustenweg from Wassen to the head of the Sustenpass, in parts set with stone slabs, is ideal as a hiking and biking route. Winter and spring are the time for ski tours: Grassen for example is a favourite destination.

Wassen is also a departure point for cyclists and motorbike fans heading for the passes: over the Gotthard you’re soon into the Ticino, over the Susten into the Bernese Oberland, over the Oberalp into Graubunden and over the Furka to the Rhone Glacier and the Valais.

Highlights

  • The Gottardo-Weitwanderweg (long distance hiking trail) between Erstfeld and Biasca was opened for the 125th anniversary of the Gotthard Railway. Panels at over 50 places including Wassen provide information on the Gotthard Region and its railway.
  • Waterworld educational and experience trail - 60km long network of trails in nearby Göscheneralptal with 90 stations devoted to the theme of water.
  • Schöllenenschlucht - gorge, over which, according to legend, a bridge could only be built with the help of the devil; today a fixed rope route offers additional perspectives.
  • «Pfaffensprung» crystal caves - 165 metres long, the second largest crystal cave in Switzerland has provided large quantities of mountain crystals for centuries. Accessible with a guide.

Arrival and return Wassen

Adresse

Andermatt-Urserntal Tourismus GmbH
Gotthardstrasse 2
6490 Andermatt
Tel. +41 (0)41 888 71 00
info@andermatt.ch
www.andermatt.ch

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Wassen
ViaGottardo
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Stage 8, Altdorf–Wassen
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Stage 9, Wassen–Andermatt
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ViaSuworow
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Stage 4, Wassen–Altdorf
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Stage 3, Andermatt–Wassen
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 22, Wassen–Andermatt
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Stage 21, Erstfeld–Wassen
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Cycling in

Wassen
North-South Route
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Stage 4, Flüelen–Andermatt
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