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Furka Pass

Valais/Uri

The Furka pass is one of the world's most iconic roads that was immortalised in the 1964 film Goldfinger.

Today the Swiss wouldn't take too kindly to Mr Bond and Ms Mastersons antics but Goldfinger would probably still get a pass.The route of todays Furka pass was originally partially covered by the Rhône glacier with its use for trade not started until the Romans. In the 18th century, the pass was further developed as part of the Swiss National Redoubt, a defensive plan to prevent invasion whose fortifications can still be found by the road today. During the filming of Goldfinger the top of the pass was still gravel but today the whole of the pass is paved.

The Belvédère hotel at sunrise
Belvédère hotel on the Furka pass at sunrise

Due to its height, the pass is shut in the winter months and a tunnel is used to connect the Ursern valley in canton Uri with Goms in canton Valais. Today a lot of the traffic takes the tunnel to avoid the pass leaving tourism as its only purpose. The Furka runs from Andermatt to Gletsch and works nicely in either direction. The two ends of the pass are similar with a climb at either end and a long plateau in the middle.

Location
46°34’21.0”N, 8°24’54.0”E
Gletsch > Andermatt
Distance (km) 22
Altitude (m) 2429
Start Altitude (m) 1757
End Altitude (m) 1444

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