The pass dates back to medieval times as a small trading path used by locals. In the 19th century, the pass gained importance when it was used to transport tourists and developed in the 1860s with the advent of the horse-drawn postal coach. In the 1920s the coaches were replaced by post buses and the Furka-Oberalp railway began operating.
A railway runs alongside the pass from Andermatt - the Furka-Oberalp is part of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, runs year-round and provides a limited shuttle for cars in winter. In winter, the Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun ski area uses the slopes at the side of the pass and is currently being expanded in conjunction with the developments at Andermatt.
|Summit Location||46°39’32.4”N, 8°40’15.6”E|
|Summit Altitude||2044 metres|
|Start||Andermatt 1444 metres|
|End||Disentis 1130 metres|
|Opens||June to mid-October|