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For many years the Valley of Ursern was an important departure point for people wanting to cross the Alps. The valley brought together Northern and Southern Europe via three passes - the Gotthard (north-south), the Furka (to the west) and the Oberalp Pass (to the east). The route over the Gotthard was the only one over the Alps that could be achieved by using just one pass.

In 1200 the difficult “Schöllenenschlucht” (Schöllenen Gorge) was opened to foot travellers and later, in 1830, this pack-way was expanded to take coaches and sleighs. In 1852 the 15-kilometre long railway tunnel between Göschenen (Canton of Uri) and Airolo (Canton of Tessin or Ticino) was opened and this was considered the longest tunnel in the world until 1905.

In the heyday of the “Säumers” (freight haulers using pack-animals) the journey between Lucerne and the Italian border took between 5-7 days. With the arrival of the Post Coach this journey was reduced to some 24 hours and the opening of the Gotthard railway tunnel further reduced it to 9 hours. During this 100-year period the journey over the Gotthard was shortened from several days to just a few hours
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Full steam over the Furka

First journey of the Steam Railway 1914
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Bestaunen Sie die bahntechnische Pionierleitung unserer Vorfahren und erfahren Sie mehr über die Geschichte der Dampfbahn Furka Bergstrecke, den Verkauf der Locken nach Vietnam sowie die Wiederbelebung der alten Strecke über die Furka.
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Pure luxury

Electricity in the valley from 1902
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In 1900 Andermatt was still a sleepy mountain village. But that was soon to change, thanks to mysterious thin wires hung from one roof to the next.
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History of Hotel Bellevue

Opening 1872
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The grounds of the The Chedi Andermatt Hotel are on the site of the former Hotel Bellevue. The luxury hotel in the Alps brought Andermatt fame far and wide as a holiday and spa resort.
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Over the Gotthard in a Five-Horse Stagecoach

Stagecoach service from 1836
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The Gotthard Post is one of Switzerland’s most famous paintings. It was painted by Rudolf Koller in 1873, for Alfred Escher – builder of the Gotthard railway, which marked the end for the mail coaches.
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Goethe in the Andermatt holiday region

Late 18th century
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Johann Wolfgang Goethe traveled through the Ursern Valley up the Gotthard pass three times but never crossed it. For Goethe, the Gotthard was not a mountain pass or a crossing, but a mountain destination in itself.
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The developement of the Schöllenen Gorge

1200th until 1900th century
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The valley of Ursern was for many years an important departure point for the crossing of the Alps. The importance of this region was that the Gotthard was the only crossing whereby travellers had but one Pass to negotiate. This advantage gave it great importance throughout the ages.
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The Ursern Valley Museum
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Theatergruppe Gurtnellen 2016
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Sunrise on the Gemsstock
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Theatergruppe Gurtnellen 2016
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Lucerne Festival in Andermatt
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KICK-OFF GEMSSTOCK 2016
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Nov
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Dec
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Dec
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Dec
Langlaufkurs für jedermann
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Dec
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Dec
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Dec
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Dec
Langlaufkurs für jedermann
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Silvester am Gemsstock
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Mar
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