51 Furka-Höhenweg
51 Furka-Höhenweg

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Furka-Höhenweg

Stage 2, Furkapass–Andermatt

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Furka-Höhenweg

Pleasant hike on Urschnen high-level trail along stony south-eastern slopes above Urserental. Views down to Realp and Hospental, pass road and historic Furka steam railway. En route: tiny lakes, Alpine flowers, mountain streams and jagged cliffs.
The first stage of the Furka High Altitude Trail passes through fairly rough and wild terrain, but the second stage seems more mellow and gentle. Even so, it requires some stamina. From the path that runs slightly above the pass road, you will enjoy stunning views of the Urseren Valley far below and the region's many peaks. A typical feature at this altitude in high summer: various species of bellflower, including the yellow bellflower (Campanula thyrsoides). From Hotel Furkablick, a good but rather steep path takes you down to the station of the Furka steam railway. Keep your eyes peeled in case you can spot a smoke-breathing steam engine somewhere in the distance. And if you do, you'll be amazed at how tiny the little train looks in this broad valley.

From the station, the path follows the young river Furkareuss along Alpine meadow paths where cattle graze. On the downward section to Tiefenbach station, you have constant views of the track of the Furka steam railway. From afar, you can already make out the steep path up to Hotel Tiefenbach. After you have crossed the sturdy bridge over the Furkareuss, you may perspire a little before you reach the pass road at the top – especially if the sun is shining directly onto this south-eastern slope.

Heat-loving flowers flourish at this altitude and, surprisingly, you will find enormous numbers of lupins here from June until September. The terrain flattens out now and good Alpine roads take us onto the "Urschner High Trail". Hikers are rewarded for the steep ascent to Tiefenbach by magnificent vistas of the Gotthard massif. The high trail passes several large Alpine meadows with grazing cattle and plenty of Alpine roses. From up here, there is a fabulous view down to Realp, taking in two small mountain lakes: Lakes Trüb and Luter. The path heads downwards again with lovely views of Hospental. In the background, you can already see Andermatt – the destination for this stage. Untamed nature gradually becomes civilised again and soon, you only have to stroll past the golf course to reach Andermatt rail station.
Pleasant hike on Urschnen high-level trail along stony south-eastern slopes above Urserental. Views down to Realp and Hospental, pass road and historic Furka steam railway. En route: tiny lakes, Alpine flowers, mountain streams and jagged cliffs.
The first stage of the Furka High Altitude Trail passes through fairly rough and wild terrain, but the second stage seems more mellow and gentle. Even so, it requires some stamina. From the path that runs slightly above the pass road, you will enjoy stunning views of the Urseren Valley far below and the region's many peaks. A typical feature at this altitude in high summer: various species of bellflower, including the yellow bellflower (Campanula thyrsoides). From Hotel Furkablick, a good but rather steep path takes you down to the station of the Furka steam railway. Keep your eyes peeled in case you can spot a smoke-breathing steam engine somewhere in the distance. And if you do, you'll be amazed at how tiny the little train looks in this broad valley.

From the station, the path follows the young river Furkareuss along Alpine meadow paths where cattle graze. On the downward section to Tiefenbach station, you have constant views of the track of the Furka steam railway. From afar, you can already make out the steep path up to Hotel Tiefenbach. After you have crossed the sturdy bridge over the Furkareuss, you may perspire a little before you reach the pass road at the top – especially if the sun is shining directly onto this south-eastern slope.

Heat-loving flowers flourish at this altitude and, surprisingly, you will find enormous numbers of lupins here from June until September. The terrain flattens out now and good Alpine roads take us onto the "Urschner High Trail". Hikers are rewarded for the steep ascent to Tiefenbach by magnificent vistas of the Gotthard massif. The high trail passes several large Alpine meadows with grazing cattle and plenty of Alpine roses. From up here, there is a fabulous view down to Realp, taking in two small mountain lakes: Lakes Trüb and Luter. The path heads downwards again with lovely views of Hospental. In the background, you can already see Andermatt – the destination for this stage. Untamed nature gradually becomes civilised again and soon, you only have to stroll past the golf course to reach Andermatt rail station.
23 km
900 m | 1900 m
7 h 25 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Furkapass, Hotel Furkablick
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Season

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

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Ascent Furkapass (from Andermatt)
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Ascent Furkapass (from Andermatt)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Andermatt, Bahnhof–Furka, Passhöhe
or
Furka, Passhöhe–Andermatt, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1000m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Andermatt
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Contact

Signpost management
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Urner Wanderwege
Rathausplatz 4
6460 Altdorf
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Services

Accommodation

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

Gommer & Furka Höhenweg
Gommer & Furka Höhenweg
51 Furka Höhenweg
51 Furka Höhenweg
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Places

Furkapass
Furkapass
Andermatt
Andermatt
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Places of interest

Steam Engine Furka Line Section
Steam Engine Furka Line Section
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