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Written by Patrick     February 27, 2014    
 
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Furkastrasse, Oberwald, Goms, 3999, Valais

Bottigenstrasse 3, 3862 Innertkirchen, Switzerland, Bern

Trip Total

routes transits total
time 2h:01m 0h:06m 2h:07m
distance 122.2km
(75.9mi)
3.8km
(2.3mi)
125.9km
(78.3mi)
  • 28.0km (17.4mi)
  • 0h:29m
  • *mountains*

Furka Pass 4.1/5

location

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Adress
  • Furkastrasse, 3999 Oberwald, Schweiz
  • Switzerland
  • Valais
  • Obergadmen 8, 6493 Hospental, Schweiz
  • Switzerland
  • Canton of Uri
Latitude 46.61747 46.56243
Longitude 8.5665799999999 8.36209

description

The Furka Pass is a 2429 mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting Gletsch, Valais with Realp, Uri. The Furka-Oberalp-Bahn line through the Furka Tunnel bypasses the pass and this is where all the heavy vehicles go.

If you are riding east from the Valais, when you arrive at Gletsh you are presented with a very difficult decision, continue strait up the Furka, or turn left up the Grimsal. We can’t really help you here as they are both stunning roads. In fact, if it were us, we would ride the whole circuit, Furka, Susten and then the Grimsal, repeat as necessary.

OK, back to the Furka, leaving Gletsh you run up the west ramp. After a couple of tight hairpins, you ride along the side of the mountain in what seems like a never ending ribbon of beautifully sequenced corners. About ½ way up you can go have a wander through the Rhone glacier, and then on to the top.

The East ramp is much narrower and the hairpins get casino quite tight. Makes for some good entertainment in the summer time as the big coaches try to make it around in one go.

One of the classic Swiss passes with absolutely stunning scenery. A bucket list route and one you should not miss if you enjoy riding.

Fun Fact: The Furka Pass was used as a location in the James Bond film Goldfinger for the Aston Martin chase scene.

We rate this a medium difficulty route as the east ramp can be very narrow and the hairpins very sharp.

Transit

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0 minutes
  • 32.6km (20.3mi)
  • 0h:30m
  • *mountains*
  • This road may be seasonally closed

Grimselpass- B6 4.7/5

location

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Adress
  • Furkastrasse, 3999 Oberwald, Switzerland
  • Switzerland
  • Valais
  • Bottigenstrasse 3, 3862 Innertkirchen, Switzerland
  • Switzerland
  • Bern
Latitude 46.56079 46.70591
Longitude 8.36151 8.22977

description

Toto, were not in Kansas anymore. In fact, there is probably nowhere more un-Kansas like in the world.

If your here for a riding holiday, you in for a treat in that you can ride the Grimsel, Susten, and Fruka passes in a circle with no backtracking or transit roads. Three of the best road in the world all linked up- now you can’t beat that with a stick, can you?

Riding form South to north, leave Gletsh a literally ride strait up a cliff- OK, there are some nice wide hairpins to give a hand, but this road is an engineering triumph. This whole road has a great surface, like it was made for riding a nice bike.

Once you get to the top of the south ramp, you get some lovely views and another feat of Swiss engineering, a mammoth dam holding back a high mountain reservoir. The north ramp is much longer and varied. For a good overview from a completely different point of view, check out the video below.

This is quite a fast road once you clear the hairpins and can be rated easy to medium difficulty. But beware, there are reports of the police setting up radar traps on this road, especially down by the reservoir.

Transit

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0 minutes
  • 10.0km (6.2mi)
  • 0h:12m
  • *mountains*

Schöllenen schlucht- 2 3.7/5

location

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Adress
  • Parkstrasse 1, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland
  • Switzerland
  • Uri
  • Alte Sustenstrasse, 6484 Wassen, Switzerland
  • Switzerland
  • Uri
Latitude 46.70635 46.63556
Longitude 8.59906 8.5946300000001

description

The Gorge is enclosed by sheer granite walls, its road and railway require several spectacular bridges and tunnels, of which the most famous is a stone bridge known as the Teufelsbrücke casino online (Devil’s Bridge). The original bridge on this site was associated with various legends relating to the difficulty of its construction and linking it with a nearby large boulder known as the Devil’s Stone.

This route is an easy ride with good surface for the whole route. It is definitely worth a stop at the devils Bridge.

Transit

3.5 km (2.2) mi
6 minutes
  • 51.5km (32.0mi)
  • 0h:48m
  • *mountains*
  • This road may be seasonally closed

Sustenpass- B11 4.6/5

location

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Adress
  • Alte Sustenstrasse, 6484 Wassen, Switzerland
  • Switzerland
  • Uri
  • Bahnhofplatz 14A, 3860 Meiringen, Switzerland
  • Switzerland
  • Bern
Latitude 46.72717 46.70635
Longitude 8.18578 8.59906

description

Part of the golden tangle in central Switzerland. If you do this, the Fruka, and the Grimsel in one day, you have done some of the best riding in the world.

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  • *point-of-interest*

Rhone Glacier 3.5/5

location

Adress
  • Furkastrasse, Oberwald, Goms, 3999
  • Switzerland
  • Valais
Latitude 46.5730634
Longitude 8.3929124

description

you can walk right out onto the start of the mighty Rhone river and actually go in the Glacier.

Three of the highest and best riding passes in the alps combined with a stunning canyon ride.

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Patrick Reviewed by Patrick February 27, 2014
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One of the best rides in the world!

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