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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).

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The tour cuts through 3 Alpine passes: Furkapass (2429 m.s.l.), Grimselpass (2165 m.s.l.) and Sustenpass (2264 m.s.l.).

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Enjoy the first part: at dawn from Hospental to Furkapass!

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Realp is the last town left behind before the road, closed in winter, turns into a steep uphill.

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From the Furkapass , below in the valley the river Reuss flows towards Lucerne.

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Leaving Furkapass behind, the next stop is by Hotel Belvedere. In front of it: the Rhone Glacier, soon in part 2

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Picture shots with D800, 70-200 VR-II and 16-35 f/4. Click each picture to magnify it.

Posted by lorenzoborghi on September 2, 2013
11 Comments Post a comment
  1. 09/8/2013

    beautiful, looks like a good place to walk.

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    • 09/11/2013

      … 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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  2. 09/12/2013

    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

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    • 09/12/2013

      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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  3. 03/11/2015
    Paulo Oscar

    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!

    Reply

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