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The Alpine paradise of Andermatt
Issue 1 / 05 April 2018

The Alpine paradise of Andermatt

Immerse yourself in magnificent Alpine scenery in summer or winter in the beautiful village of Andermatt.

Jackie Slaughter

Switzerland’s storybook destination - the Alpine paradise of Andermatt

This Swiss Alps paradise is picture perfect with its colourful wild flowers, green hills and snow-capped mountains, dotted with log cabins and quaint streets. Here you will find an array of outdoor activities to enjoy all year round as well as the most luxurious accommodation and fine dining. Absorb the culture and history of Switzerland in museums and let unique experiences like carriage rides, Segway tours and the Glacier Express take your breath away.

How do I get there?

Andermatt is a beautiful village in Switzerland’s Urseren Valley. This perfect holiday destination is only two hours by train from Zurich or Lugano. Located in the southern centre of Switzerland, Andermatt is easily accessible no matter where you’re coming from.

The most scenic way of reaching Andermatt is from St. Moritz on board the world-famous Glacier Express.. Enjoy spectacular views as the train winds its way through some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. Shortly after leaving St. Moritz the train passes Samedan and Bever on the high Engadin plateau, before entering the Albula Tunnel under the Albula Pass. After reaching Filisur at the end of the valley, the train continues along the Landwasser Viaduct, one of the main landmarks of the journey, before following the course of the Rhine from Chur towards Sedrun. Here the line becomes steeper to finally reach its summit, the Oberalp Pass at 2,033m, before descending into the village of Andermatt.

What is there to do in this paradise?

Characterised by its gorgeous terrain of rolling hills, mountains, the lush valley and sparkling ski slopes, Andermatt is simply brimming with possibilities. In summer, visitors can enjoy hiking through the scenic mountain terrain along one of many hiking trails in the Gotthard area. Explore amazing heights on a mountain bike, e-bike or racing bike with a variety of routes, equipment for hire and interesting stops. Mountain climbers will have hours of fun on Gotthard’s granite cliffs and glaciers and golf, fishing and tennis can be enjoyed by the whole family. Nordic walking and hunting for treasure while Geocaching is also a great way to spend time with your loved ones and experience the amazing natural beauty of the region. In winter, Andermatt becomes a snowsports dream with a variety of skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, ice skating and ice climbing adventures to savour.

"The idea is that Andermatt will have something for everyone."
The Times
"The idea is that Andermatt will have something for everyone."
The Times

What other excursions can I enjoy?

Hop onto a cable car and soar to the highest parts of the mountains or watch the magical mountain scenery through the window on the Furka Steam Train on your way to the Rhone Glacier. With trained professionals at your service you can also learn to ski at the snow school or embark on a guided excursion that combines sport and culture to provide fun for the whole family.

Where do I stay?

The Chedi Andermatt, a five-star hotel designed by renowned designer, Jean-Michel Gathy, can be found among the prettiest ski chalets in Andermatt. Fusing traditional Swiss chalet style with a subtle Asian aesthetic, the Chedi is sure to captivate your imagination. Named ‘Hotel of the Year 2017’ by Gault Millau, this exclusive hotel has a choice of deluxe rooms or suites, eight outstanding bars and restaurants as well as an exceptional spa area.

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