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Andermatt

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Central Switzerland : Andermatt
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The river flowing through Andermatt

Andermatt [1] is a town and ski resort in the canton of Uri, Switzerland.

Understand

Get in

By car

There are roads in all four cardinal directions to Andermatt, and being a bit off the beaten track, driving there may be an alternative. The town is surrounded by mountain passes, and you need to cross at least one in order to get into the town. The highest of them, Furka to the west is situated at more than 2400 meters and he Andermatt itself more than 1400 meters (almost one mile) over the sea level. Driving through alpine passes is a great experience and the views are fantastic. However remember that the engine heats up when ascending and the brakes when descending.

By train

Swiss national railways SBB [2] operates local trains to Andermatt from Davos Platz, Göschenen and Visp. The Glacier Express from Zermatt to St.Moritz also stops at Andermatt.

By plane

There is no passenger airport in the town. International passengers often arrive in Zürich.

Get around

See

There are not actually many museums and monuments and that like in Andermatt. However, the town's alpine-style houses and the nature with the surrounding summits are certainly worth photographing. Do bring a camera.

Do

Like many other towns in the Alps travelers are attracted by various outdoor activities like skiing in the winter and hiking and mountain biking in the summer.

Buy

Shops in the town center sell equipment for outdoor activities, but being a "tourist" town in Switzerland, they are not especially cheap. Classic Swiss souvenirs like chocolate, cuckoo clocks and Swiss army knives are also available.

Eat

"Hotel" and "restaurant" are interchangeable concepts in Andermatt – most restaurants are situated in hotels.

Drink

Sleep

Budget

  • Gasthaus zum Schwarzen Bären, Gotthardstrasse 137, +41 41 887 10 30 (, fax: +41 41 887 00 40), [3]. The rooms are small but overall it's a suitable place to sleep without spending too much. double room with shared bathroom, breakfast included 105 SFr.

Mid-range

Splurge

  • Drei Könige und Post, Gotthardstrasse 69, +41 (0)41 887 00 01 (), [4]. A hotel on the upper end of the scale. Situated in the house where the German author Goethe lived in the late 18th century. double 160-280 Sfr depending on the season.

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