Those who arrive by train from the north can look out the window and see the church at Wassen three times. To enable the trains to gain altitude, two helical tunnels were constructed near Wassen enabling the line to spiral upwards for 200 metres. This is still an engineering feat and a treat for any traveler on the Gotthard axis. The famous Swiss comedian Emil Steinberger took up this theme in one of his sketches and this only added to the fame of the Wassen church among German-speaking people.
Wassen is well worth a visit. There you can see the little "Pfaffensprung" gorge where the water has so creatively eaten its way through the rock. There are also many hiking routes in the surrounding mountains as well as to both the Sewen and Sustli mountain huts.
The Susten road, which takes you through the Meien Valley and over the Susten Pass, links the Reuss Valley in Canton Uri with the Aare Valley in the Bernese Oberland. A very special wellness offer awaits at the Hinterfeld Alp: Here you can enjoy a whey bath in a wooden tub as in the times of Cleopatra.