The Cultural Capital

Art & Culture

The unsurpassed natural beauty of Andermatt is obvious but hidden traditions around us make this idyllic region even more beguiling. Our well-preserved village is recognized nationally for its original wooden houses with classic masonry bases. We highly recommend a stroll through town, stopping to visit our two favorite museums. History buffs may appreciate knowing of this region’s importance since the Lombards conquered the notoriously dangerous Schöllenenschlucht in 569 by setting up a bridge suspended by chains over The Reuss River, replaced in 1198 with the now legendary Teufelsbrücke or Devil’s Bridge. This essential route known today as Gotthard Pass from North-South through the Alps transverses our region and links Switzerland’s four cultural regions.

The unsurpassed natural beauty of Andermatt is obvious but hidden traditions around us make this idyllic region even more beguiling. Our well-preserved village is recognized nationally for its original wooden houses with classic masonry bases. We highly recommend a stroll through town, stopping to visit our two favorite museums. History buffs may appreciate knowing of this region’s importance since the Lombards conquered the notoriously dangerous Schöllenenschlucht in 569 by setting up a bridge suspended by chains over The Reuss River, replaced in 1198 with the now legendary Teufelsbrücke or Devil’s Bridge. This essential route known today as Gotthard Pass from North-South through the Alps transverses our region and links Switzerland’s four cultural regions.

THE URSEREN VALLEY MUSEUM

Built in 1786 as the headquarters for Russian General Suworow who commanded his troops against Napoleon’s on the Devil’s Bridge in 1799, this elegant patrician building now serves as the Urseren Valley Museum. Permanent exhibitions reveal life at the turn of the 19th century and provide a comprehensive history of the Urseren Valley and its rich culture. Displays of interest include those on Swiss skiing legend Bernhard Russi, the history of alpine tourism, the Swiss military, mountain agriculture, native animals, and a natural history collection.

Opening Times

Winter season – Wednesday to Sunday 4 pm to 6 pm
Summer season – Wednesday to Saturday 4 pm to 6 pm

Website: www.talmuseum-ursern.ch

NATIONAL ST. GOTTHARD MUSEUM

You don’t normally find a museum on a mountain pass, especially at 2,100 metres above sea level. This enlightening museum on the once notorious Gotthard Pass uses modern methods to explore the epic struggle of those who laboured to establish this vital trade and traffic route.  The museum is actually located in the Old Sust, a building dating back to 1834 which once served as a customs post and as accommodation for mountain travelers.

Also known as Museo Nazionale del San Gottardo, this striking building has been tastefully renovated and today vividly depicts the region’s history and the development of transit traffic crucial to the development of modern Europe. The museum also highlights the historical, cultural, political and ethnographic significance of Gotthard Pass through reliefs, models, documents, weapons, uniforms, art, minerals and vintage vehicles.

Opening Times

The museum is open only during the summer months daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Website: http://www.museen-uri.ch/National-St-Gotthard-Museum

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