Oberalp Pass

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Oberalp Pass
Oberalppass Ostrampe.jpg
Elevation 2,044 m (6,706 ft)[1]
Traversed by Road, rail
Location Graubünden/Uri, Switzerland
Range Alps
Coordinates 46°39.54′N 08°40.26′E / 46.65900°N 8.67100°E / 46.65900; 8.67100Coordinates: 46°39.54′N 08°40.26′E / 46.65900°N 8.67100°E / 46.65900; 8.67100
Oberalp Pass is located in Switzerland
Oberalp Pass
Oberalp Pass
Location in Switzerland

Oberalp Pass (Romansh: Alpsu or Cuolm d'Ursera, German: Oberalppass) (el. 2044 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting the cantons of Graubünden and Uri between Disentis and Andermatt. [1]

Winter closure[edit]

The public road that crosses the pass is closed in winter, but the Furka-Oberalp railway line, now part of the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn, runs year round and provides a limited shuttle for cars in winter (reservation required). When the road closes depends on snowfall and varies between the end of October and the beginning of December. The road opens again in spring, usually by the end of April but sometimes not until mid May.[2]

In winter, a ski area extends to the Graubünden side, connecting the pass well into the Tujetsch territory to Dieni, near Rueras.[3]

Source of the Rhine river[edit]

The Rhine springs from a source nearby (Tomasee), which is marked by a working lighthouse. A multiday trekking route is signposted across Oberalp pass and along the young Rhine called Senda Sursilvana.[4]

Oberalpsee is located 20 m below, in the direction of Andermatt. [1]

Railway station[edit]

Location Oberalp, Tujetsch, Graubünden
Owned by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Operated by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Line(s) BrigDisentis/Mustér
Platforms 3 (2 during the winter)

Oberalppass railway station is located just below the Oberalp ski area. It has three platforms, and is owned and run by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. It has 3 platform, one of which is a terminating platform from Andermatt, and is not used during the winter.[citation needed]

Public trains are operated every half hour each direction. The station also has Glacier Express trains and car shuttle trains (during the winter only) passing through it. The station has a waiting room.[citation needed]

Preceding station   Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn   Following station
toward Andermatt
Regional services
Swiss timetable 143

Ski Area[edit]

The Oberalp Pass passes the Oberalp ski area, which is part of the Gotthard Oberalp Arena.

There are currently plans for the ski area to be linked up with Nätschen, the neighbouring mountain, which is also part of the Gotthard Oberalp Arena.[citation needed]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps.
  2. ^ Statistic opening period of the pass (german)
  3. ^ Swiss Ski resort Oberalp Pass and Sedrun (English)
  4. ^ Hiking Switzerland on Senda Sursilvana across the pass (English)

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