Oberalp Pass

The Oberalp Pass - in Romansh "Alpsu" - connects Disentis Sedrun in the Surselva and Andermatt in the canton of Uri. At its highest point, the mountain pass reaches 2,044 metres above sea level. It covers a distance of 32 kilometres from Disentis to Andermatt. Just a few decades ago, a section of the old Oberalp road at Bugnei, near Sedrun, was designated "via Romana" (Roman road). In the Middle Ages, the Pass gave the people of Graubünden access to the pig and goat markets in the cantons of Uri and Ticino.


Following the construction of the current road in 1862/63, the volume of traffic across the Oberalp increased significantly. Horse-drawn carriage romance then came to life. These carriages remained in operation until 1952 when the first cars took to the roads in Graubünden. The pass is only accessible during the summer. In winter, travellers use the car-train operated by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. The summit is a popular starting point for skiers, ski tourers and snowshoers.


The railway line began its operation in 1923. For the first 16 years prior to the electrification of the line, steam trains operated in summer only. The slowest express train in the world, the Glacier Express, also runs over the Oberalp Pass, connecting the Matterhorn village of Zermatt with St. Moritz and Davos.

Glacier Express in front of the monastry Disentis

Oberalp lake

Oberalp lake is located on the left valley side of the Oberalp Pass, seen from the Grisons side. It is a natural reservoir with an area of approx. 1 square kilometre and is located at a height of 2,207 metres above sea level.


Discover culinary delicacies from the Alpinavera region. There are market stands waiting for you with an impressive mountain backdrop. Here the farmers, food producers and artisans from Glarus, Uri, the Grisons and Ticino present their local and unique specialities. www.alpinavera.ch 

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