|Elevation||2,044 m (6,706 ft)|
|Traversed by||Road and rail tunnel (2,033 m)|
Oberalp Pass (Romansh: Alpsu or Cuolm d'Ursera; German: Oberalppass) (2044 meters above sea level) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting the cantons of Graubünden and Uri between Disentis/Mustér and Andermatt.
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.
Source of the Rhine
The major European river Rhine springs from a source nearby (Lai da Tuma), which can be accessed by hiking two hours from Oberalp Pass. A multiday trekking route is signposted across Oberalp pass and along the young Rhine called Senda Sursilvana.
A railway station is located next to the Oberalppass road. It is at the base of the Oberalp ski area. The station is owned and run by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. It has 3 platforms, one of which is a bay platform from Andermatt, and is often closed during the winter. The railway on both sides of the station is a single line, so Oberalppass is an important passing place. The station is the highest point on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn network.
The Oberalp Pass passes the Oberalp ski area, which is part of the Gotthard Oberalp Arena.
Oberalpsee and railway/road protection tunnel
Summit of the road (railway uses short tunnel)
Oberalp in the winter
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