Nestled in the heart of the Alps, the cosytown of Andermatt encapsulates the true beauty of Switzerland. With only 1270 inhabitants, it is more of a genuine alpine town rather than a ski resort.
Andermatt is located 1436 meters above sea level in the rocky upper Urseren Valley. The town lies approximately 120 km south of Zurich and 180 km north of Milan.
Andermatt’s Ursern Valley location is unrivalled as it serves as the crossroads for the four major mountain passes of Gotthard to the South, Furka to the West, Oberalp to the East and Göscheneralp to the North. The valley is a hiker’s paradise and the mountain passes offer a challenging ride for mountain bikers and cyclists from across the globe.
For railway fans, Andermatt is an ideal place for taking a trip and you’ll be awarded with some spectacular views of the mountains, valleys and glaciers on the Glacier Express. The train ridelasts about seven and a half hours and is about 200 km long so prepare yourself for some breathtaking views.
The town of Andermatt itself its extremely pretty and is surrounded by a wonderful landscape and gorgeous ski slopes all year round. It has retained its traditional character with narrow cobbled streets and old wooden houses being common sights. Here you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of bars and restaurants and numerous hotels, chalets and apartments. Even the nightlife has a relaxed feel where a typical evening will be spent with a good meal, or sitting around an open fire.
Leisure activities are plentiful all year, including downhill and cross-country skiing, mountaineering, hiking, steam train rides (in summer) and visits to museums.
One of the popular attractions in Andermatt is the infamous Devil’s Bridge. Located in the Schollenen Gorge the Devil's Bridge provides access to St Gotthard Pass. The 86 metre long bridge was built in 1955 and spans the river Reuss at a height of 30 metres.
Andermatt has seen much investment in the last year or two and the construction of a new Swiss Alps resort is underway. Construction started in 2009 on land formerly owned by the Swiss Army. The new resort will offer a year round retreat where travelers can enjoy modernised skiing and snowboarding facilities (also check out the piste maps) as well as an 18-hole golf course, a sports center, a conference centre, a concert hall and tropical spa complex.
Around £6million of investment is going into the resort which will comprise of six hotels with 844 rooms, 490 apartments and around 30 villas. The resort is expected to be completed by winter 2013/2014.