Schöllenen Gorge is a gorge formed by the upper Reuss in the Swiss canton of Uri between the towns of Göschenen to the north and Andermatt to the south. It provides access to the St Gotthard Pass.Enclosed by sheer granite walls, its road and railway require several spectacular bridges and tunnels, of which the most famous is a stone bridge known as the Teufelsbrücke .GeologyThe lower Urseren marks the boundary of the Aar massif with the autochthonous sediment of the Gotthard nappe ("Urseren-Zone"). In Altkirch quarry, on the southern end of the gorge, Triassic and Jurassic sediments are exposed. In the Schöllenen Gorge (at the Urnerloch tunnel), the Reuss enters the cristalline Aar massif (Aar granite), the gorge itself being an exemplary late alpine fluvial Water gap.HistoryEarly historyThe name of the gorge is from Rumantsch *scalinae ("stairs, steps"); recorded in German as Schellenden in 1420. It formed the upper limit of Alemannic settlement in the Alps prior to the 12th century, and the border between the bishoprics of Constance and Raetia Curensis. Using our international travel planner, Andermatt attractions like Teufelsbrucke can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
It is just 3 minute drive from Andermatt, but there is a small parking lot right opposite to the bridge and some time is packed with a visitor. The bridge itself is amazing because it’s old and full..... more »
We stopped over at Andermatt hoping to walk to Teufelsbrücke. In winter, there’s no easy walking access from Andermatt, you have to pass through a road tunnel with no usable footpath. There’s a great.... more »
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