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Andermatt, Meiringen - Uri, Switzerland
Most books on biking in the Alps have a whole chapter devoted to this region, and so they should. The towns are varied and will suit nearly every taste, from the up-market Interlaken and Grindelwald, through the Sherlock Holmes museum in friendly Meiringen to small, rustic Andermatt in the heart of Canton Uri. They are all within distance of the famous 6-passes route (Grimsel, Susten, Furka, St.Gotthard, Oberalp and Nufenen). You can make a long, hard day of it if you do all at once, but I'd take my time and enjoy some of the rather spectacular scenery as well. The Grimsel and Furka passes have good views of the Rhône glacier, where the river starts, at a one horse town called Gletsch. On the Susten pass you can walk onto the Steingletscher glacier.
The canton Uri, where Andermatt is situated, is one of the three founding states which formed the original Swiss Federation in 1291, with Schwyz and Unterwalden. Little if any Rhaeto-Romanic is spoken here, but there are still some speakers in small regions in the canton of Tessin (Ticino) and in the border areas of Austria.
(Thanks to Hans Rotzetter for additional information)
The top is bare , green-tinted rocks. Lower down teh northern ramp is trees. Quite a fast road, medium to easy difficulty. I do this one before you try the Furka if you're not too confident on high passes. The glacier above Gletch is the source of the Rh?ne river.
Report from Eric ven de Ruit (2000-09-15)
There's a speed trap on the Grimsel pass every day! You'll find our friends halfway down the pass (on the northern ramp there is a lake with a damn) using IR equipment. They don't usually spend more than 1-2 hours there per day.
B19 Disentis - Oberalppass - Andermatt
A fun, easy ride.
B11 Wassen - Sustenpass - Meiringen
*** no petrol between Wassen and Innertkirchen.
Brig - Simplonpass - Arona
A major crossing from Switzerland to Italy, and thus wide, well-made and often busy.
B19 Gletsch - Andermatt
Check out the loony Norwegian's video atwww.roadmc.com
B19 Brig - Ulrichen - Gletsch
This is my personal favourite bits in this area actually. A pleasant picturesque stroll through some typically Swiss countryside from Brig to the bottom of the Nufenen pass. Get your Alpine meadow photos here, and look out ofr the little cottages perched on piles of stones.
From here up to Gletsch is where it really starts. Ton-up sweepers gradually turning tighter and tighter with the mountains closing in until you find yourself climbing steeply up the side of a narrow gorge. Just before you reach Gletsch there's an impressively wild waterfall.
At Gletsch, of course you have the choice of continuing up to the extreme top of the Furka, or head for the rainy Grimsel.
Arrow-straight 120 mile long commercial zone with scattered large towns. It'd be OK on a Goldwing. Yawn.
B2 (E35) Andermatt - San Gotthardo - Airolo
They've rebuilt the top of the pass into a tourist centre, but for interest, try and find the original and now disused, "Val Tremola'" road.Cobbles and bumps galore. Try it in the wet for added thrills.
Airolo - Nufenen Pass - Ulrichen
Scenery ranges from bleak bare rock to lush woodland.
Disentis - Lukmanier pass - Biasca
Watch out for Marmots.
Watch out for cows and related biological 'traces'.
Rudenz - Glaubenbüelen pass - Escholzmatt - Thun
Glaubüelen pass (1611m / 5285ft): The main road runs for a long time along the bottom of a wide scenic valley. Fairly empty as most traffic takes the road via Interlaken.
Interlaken - Mürren
Views of the Eiger and Jungfrau: Take it easy here and do some oo-ing and ahh-ing at some of the best scenery in Switzerland.