The most scenic Alpine roads of Switzerland part I : from Andermatt to Furkapass
Before Winter closing of most Alpine passes, here is to you a report of 120 km driving through the most majestic Alpine district of central Switzerland (map adapted from Google Earth).
The tour cuts through 3 Alpine passes: Furkapass (2429 m.s.l.), Grimselpass (2165 m.s.l.) and Sustenpass (2264 m.s.l.).
Enjoy the first part: at dawn from Hospental to Furkapass!
Realp is the last town left behind before the road, closed in winter, turns into a steep uphill.
From the Furkapass , below in the valley the river Reuss flows towards Lucerne.
Leaving Furkapass behind, the next stop is by Hotel Belvedere. In front of it: the Rhone Glacier, soon in part 2
Picture shots with D800, 70-200 VR-II and 16-35 f/4. Click each picture to magnify it.
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beautiful, looks like a good place to walk.
… to drive, a good place to drive, a perfect place to let the wheels climb steep up-hills pulled by hundreds of horses …ehm…just a little futuristic moment 😉 .. I bet it is also wonderful to walk.
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Another place to add to my list. I’ve been trying to simply get to a road called “The Tail of the Dragon” for years, and being here in the US, relatively close by. But I may trade my priorities for this apparent incredible route you’ve posted – I’d like to think my desires are not just “in my dreams!” M
I found the tail of the dragon here . I am sure it is great fun motorbiking on it but… I see no Alps, no glaciers, no Swiss raclette 😉 And speed limit here is 80 km/h … not 30 mph …
Just keep in mind you can drive these three mountain passes only in summer… sometimes it means only from May to October.
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Do you know the exact dates when these passes (furka, susten) will reopen from winter? Hou could I find this out? Thank you and congratulations!
Thank you Paulo for your interest: here is the website for the pass conditions in real time: http://www.tcs.ch/it/auto-mobilita/infostrada/situazione-attuale.php Enjoy the trip!