Furka Base Tunnel


This 15km-long tunnel, opened in 1982, plays an important part in the history of the Furka Pass. It runs from Oberwald in Valais to Realp, 8km short of Andermatt and as well as being used by passenger trains such as the Glacier Express, takes car trains year-round. It revolutionised winter travel in the region and during most winters, consistently approaches maximum capacity.

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2. Furka Pass

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Marking the cantonal frontier with Uri is the vertiginous Furka Pass (2431m), the run up to which offers superlative views over the fissured Rhône glacier…

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5. Robiei Dam

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