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Stage 8, Altdorf–Wassen
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Stage 4, Wassen–Altdorf
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Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 21, Erstfeld–Wassen
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North-South Route
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Stage 4, Flüelen–Andermatt
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Amsteg

Amsteg is a transit town, shaped since primeval times by the north-south traffic over the Alps. It’s also the door to the Maderanertal valley: one of Switzerland’s most original and unspoilt mountain valleys.
Amsteg lies at an altitude of 526 m above sea level, on the Gotthard transit line of the Reusstal valley in Uri. The transit line in the 400-head village - like the Bristen village at the mouth of the Maderanertal valley – belongs to the Silenen community. Amsteg is characterised by its tidy, compact image and striking Gotthard log houses. Even Goethe made a stop here on his travels through Switzerland. The oldest and still inhabited building is the stone «Steinhaus» by the church in Silenen.

Alpine transit traffic has shaped the nature and history of the place since centuries. The old Sustenhaus in Silenen that stems back to 1549, likewise a typical Uri house made of stone, as well as the St. Eligius chapel in Ried above Amsteg - constructed in 1661 to protect the villagers and merchants - bear witness to the presence of the former traders known as Säumer. And even today, following countless avalanches and floods, there are still remnants of the original mule tracks over the Gotthard.

In1882 Amsteg witnessed a milestone in the history of transport: with the opening of the Gotthard railway following a ten-year construction period. The railway line with its numerous bridges and tunnels is considered the boldest Alpine crossing in history! For railway enthusiasts who also like to make their way on foot, the Gottardo railway trail presents a unique experience with information boards, viewing platforms and plenty more to learn about the amazing railway line. Between 1999 and 2016, the village was also the scene of yet another historic structure: The large Amsteg construction site, part of the «Gotthard Base Tunnel » project. Officially opened in june 2016, it represents with its 57 km the longest tunnel in the world.

Nowadays, besides the railway line and the Reuss, the main road (Kantonsstrasse) and motorway also make their way through the narrow valley. But luckily one can flee the streams of traffic in just a few minutes, e.g. by cable car to the sun-spoilt mountain terrace of Arni, at an altitude of 1,368 m. The peaceful and traffic-free location with idyllic mountain lake is a beautiful place to take a break and ideal for family excursions.

Starting point for the Maderanertal is the community of Bristen (a 10-minute ride from Amsteg). In the unspoilt valley, blooming alpine roses, gushing waterfalls, grazing cows and stunning mountain summits pave the way for varied spectacular hikes and mountain tours – together with numerous cable ways that climb the valley. A further delightful destination is the Golzernsee lake (1,409 m), cordially inviting one to take a swim in summer. The top station of the Golzern-Bahn cableway is also the starting point of the natural Höhenweg discovery path, along which many mountain huts and inns offer food, drink and lodging to weary hikers. Nostalgic fans should go that bit further to the historic Hotel Maderanertal, far back in the valley, where iron ore was intensively mined years ago – and the Hinterbristen furnace restored in 1966 bears witness to such times. Today, the faces of ragged rock are of interest to so-called Strahlern, who seek rock crystals - the findings of which are scattered all along the way.

Highlights

  • Historic constructions: Zwing castle ruins in Uri, Silenen Tower of the noble gentry and stone Sustenhaus.
  • Historic Hotels: «Stern&Post» and «Maderanertal».
  • Gottardo-Railway foot trail: Theme path with much information concerning the history of the Gotthardbahn.
  • Maderanertal valley: One of Switzerland’s most original mountain valleys.
  • Amsteg’s sun-spoilt Arni terrace: Picnics by the mountain lake just a cable-way ride from Amsteg.
Amsteg is a transit town, shaped since primeval times by the north-south traffic over the Alps. It’s also the door to the Maderanertal valley: one of Switzerland’s most original and unspoilt mountain valleys.
Amsteg lies at an altitude of 526 m above sea level, on the Gotthard transit line of the Reusstal valley in Uri. The transit line in the 400-head village - like the Bristen village at the mouth of the Maderanertal valley – belongs to the Silenen community. Amsteg is characterised by its tidy, compact image and striking Gotthard log houses. Even Goethe made a stop here on his travels through Switzerland. The oldest and still inhabited building is the stone «Steinhaus» by the church in Silenen.

Alpine transit traffic has shaped the nature and history of the place since centuries. The old Sustenhaus in Silenen that stems back to 1549, likewise a typical Uri house made of stone, as well as the St. Eligius chapel in Ried above Amsteg - constructed in 1661 to protect the villagers and merchants - bear witness to the presence of the former traders known as Säumer. And even today, following countless avalanches and floods, there are still remnants of the original mule tracks over the Gotthard.

In1882 Amsteg witnessed a milestone in the history of transport: with the opening of the Gotthard railway following a ten-year construction period. The railway line with its numerous bridges and tunnels is considered the boldest Alpine crossing in history! For railway enthusiasts who also like to make their way on foot, the Gottardo railway trail presents a unique experience with information boards, viewing platforms and plenty more to learn about the amazing railway line. Between 1999 and 2016, the village was also the scene of yet another historic structure: The large Amsteg construction site, part of the «Gotthard Base Tunnel » project. Officially opened in june 2016, it represents with its 57 km the longest tunnel in the world.

Nowadays, besides the railway line and the Reuss, the main road (Kantonsstrasse) and motorway also make their way through the narrow valley. But luckily one can flee the streams of traffic in just a few minutes, e.g. by cable car to the sun-spoilt mountain terrace of Arni, at an altitude of 1,368 m. The peaceful and traffic-free location with idyllic mountain lake is a beautiful place to take a break and ideal for family excursions.

Starting point for the Maderanertal is the community of Bristen (a 10-minute ride from Amsteg). In the unspoilt valley, blooming alpine roses, gushing waterfalls, grazing cows and stunning mountain summits pave the way for varied spectacular hikes and mountain tours – together with numerous cable ways that climb the valley. A further delightful destination is the Golzernsee lake (1,409 m), cordially inviting one to take a swim in summer. The top station of the Golzern-Bahn cableway is also the starting point of the natural Höhenweg discovery path, along which many mountain huts and inns offer food, drink and lodging to weary hikers. Nostalgic fans should go that bit further to the historic Hotel Maderanertal, far back in the valley, where iron ore was intensively mined years ago – and the Hinterbristen furnace restored in 1966 bears witness to such times. Today, the faces of ragged rock are of interest to so-called Strahlern, who seek rock crystals - the findings of which are scattered all along the way.

Highlights

  • Historic constructions: Zwing castle ruins in Uri, Silenen Tower of the noble gentry and stone Sustenhaus.
  • Historic Hotels: «Stern&Post» and «Maderanertal».
  • Gottardo-Railway foot trail: Theme path with much information concerning the history of the Gotthardbahn.
  • Maderanertal valley: One of Switzerland’s most original mountain valleys.
  • Amsteg’s sun-spoilt Arni terrace: Picnics by the mountain lake just a cable-way ride from Amsteg.

Arrival and return Amsteg

Adresse

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

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Etzlihütte SAC
Etzlihütte SAC
Amsteg
Hotel Stern und Post
Hotel Stern und Post
Amsteg
Hüfihütte SAC
Hüfihütte SAC
Bristen
Windgällenhütte AACZ
Windgällenhütte AACZ
Bristen
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Hiking in

Amsteg
Jakobsweg Graubünden
Jakobsweg Graubünden
Stage 20, Etzlihütte–Amsteg
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 8, Altdorf–Wassen
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ViaSuworow
ViaSuworow
Stage 4, Wassen–Altdorf
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 21, Erstfeld–Wassen
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Cycling in

Amsteg
North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 4, Flüelen–Andermatt
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Mountain biking in

Amsteg
Oberland Bike
Talboden Bike
Maderanertal Bike
Arni Bike