OBERALP PASS TO ANDERMATT
Although this website is about walking we suggest that anybody staying in Andermatt takes the Postauto buses over both the Gotthard and Furka passes which leave Andermatt several times a day when the roads are open. This is what we did one day when we took the bus over the Gotthard Pass to Airolo. After returning via the rail tunnel we went up to Oberalpass on the train.
Sadly the pass isn't a place to linger with its busy restaurant, motorists and bikers. It's one of the few restaurants in Switzerland where we were asked to pay as soon as we received our coffee!
The view looking the other way towards Andermatt is much better!
This was the first really sunny day of the holiday in summer 2006. We decided to walk back as far as Nštschen, although with a little more time the steep descent into Andermatt would be worthwhile. The path to Nštschen leaves the Oberalp Pass via the edge of the lake and then runs between the lake and railway to the dam. On reaching the long avalanche shelter over the railway and the road the cantonal boundary between Graubunden and Uri is marked by a crest painted on the end of the shelter.
The cantonal boundary
Looking towards the pass from the end of the lake.
At the dam the path then crosses to the other side of the valley and undulates across typical alpine scrub and rough pasture. Marmots were heard call in this area. Unusually signposting was poor with a junction to a path leading up into the mountains and the Unteralptal not clearly marked. My hunch suggested we took the lower path.
The magnificent view of the distant snow covered peaks around the Furka Pass,
Looking back towards Oberalp Pass
Eventually this path reached some farm buildings before descending further towards Nštschen. A short section by the road led to the station and restaurant. Beyond the path drops steeply down the valley side in a series of zig zags towards Andermatt.
The path to Andermatt drops down steeply into Andermatt crossing the railway and road several times.
The time from Oberalpass to Nštschen is about 1 and a half hours with a further hour down to Andermatt.