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Surrounded by the naturally stunning, year-round beauty of the Swiss Alps, The Chedi Andermatt nestles elegantly among the traditional ski chalets so characteristic of the timelessly charming village of Andermatt. Andermatt (1,440 metres above sea level) is a large village in the Urseren Valley embedded in 1.4 million square kilometres of natural Alpine landscape which is renowned far beyond the Swiss borders for its high peaks, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls and clear mountain lakes. In the summer, for example, you can enjoy the idyllic hiking trails; in winter, the reliable snowfall makes it the perfect location for active winter sport experiences. The long history of the Urseren Valley can be experienced in the Talmuseum Ursern, housed in a beautiful, historical building dating back to 1786. This idyllic region is also home to the Devil's Bridge, the Uri Hole (one of the first tunnels in the Alps) and the Suworow monument beside the Schöllenen Gorge.


  • Lucerne - 45 minutes
  • Zurich - 90 minutes
  • Milan - 2 hours
  • Stuttgart - 4 hours
  • Munich - 4 hours

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1200 - Devil's Bridge - the way south

The rapid River Reuss has always been an obstacle that was virtually impossible to conquer on the way across the Gotthard Pass. The first bridge in the Schöllenen Gorge was built in around 1200. Legend has it that the bridge was built by the devil. But because the locals avoided doing what they had promised in return, the devil is said to have thrown a massive stone at the bridge which he then missed. The stone, weighing an incredible 220 tons, can be found today near Göschenen.

1870 - the spa town - decade of hotel business

Thanks to the road over the Gotthard Pass and the stagecoaches, Andermatt became a traffic hub between the cantons of Uri and Ticino in the nineteenth century. In 1872, the Hotel Bellevue opened and was to ring in the age of Andermatt being an Alpine tourist destination. Over the following ten years, people could breathe the healthy mountain air here and enjoy the luxury. But this idyll was to be short-lived. With the opening of the Gotthard railway tunnel in 1882, the village was bypassed and that put an end to tourism. But only briefly. Andermatt was turned into a garrison town in 1885 with the infrastructure for the High Command of the Swiss Army in place in the event of war. Its status as national defence centre was to shape the area around Andermatt for the following 100 years.

1937 - the ski resort - at the cutting edge

Andermatt was one of the first Alpine regions in Switzerland to have a ski lift built - in 1937. The lift travelled from Nätschen up to the Stöckli. When Bernhard Russi from Andermatt won Olympic Gold in 1972 in Sapporo, Andermatt became a skiing region that was known throughout the world. The development of the SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun will open up new dimensions for fans of winter sports.

1946 - the reservoir - water instead of valley

The idea of creating an extensive reservoir in the Urseren Valley for the production of energy was a major threat for the region. All in all the locals successfully protested twice (1920 and 1946) against this major project. The scale of this kind of flooding is massive; today this would mean the entire valley from Andermatt to Realp would be completely covered in water. The reservoir in Marmorera shows just what the Gotthard region has managed to escape.

1964 - James Bond - three minutes of fame

Andermatt achieved world fame as a location in probably the most famous James Bond film "Goldfinger" starring Sean Connery. The scene lasts three minutes: James Bond stops at a petrol station in his Aston Martin to pick up Bond girl Tania Mallet and then drive over the Oberalp Pass. The inconspicuous petrol station is still there today and many a motorist stops here to experience the feeling of being James Bond for a second.

2007 - The Project - Samih Sawiris and Andermatt

After the closing of the Gotthard stronghold, there were great deliberations about what to do with the area in and around Andermatt. Egyptian entrepreneur Samih Sawiris came on board as a consultant – a stroke of luck. His experience in the development of sustainable all-year tourist destinations really got the ball rolling. After first drafts and concrete plans, the necessary changes to the zoning plan were approved wholeheartedly by the local council in 2007.

2013 - the cornerstone - the completion of The Chedi Andermatt

The vision becomes reality – on 31 August 2010 celebrations took place as the cornerstone of the five-star deluxe hotel The Chedi Andermatt was laid. The first villa and various apartment buildings followed. On 6 December 2013 The Chedi Andermatt was opened in a resounding celebration.
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SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun-Disentis

The SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun DISENTIS is being modernised and extended until the winter season 2017/2018 and the skiing regions of Sedrun and Andermatt are being connected with one another.

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Summer holiday in Switzerland

Deep gorges, cascading waterfalls and clear mountain lakes – in the summer, Andermatt and its surroundings are heaven for hikers, bikers, anglers, nature loves and anyone in search of relaxation. The golf enthusiasts among our guests will find an 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course just a few minutes from The Chedi Andermatt.

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During the winter months, Andermatt's timeless charm is particularly evident; the snow-covered chalet roofs cast their spell. Winter-sport lovers find powdery pleasure on the approximately 180 kilometres of slopes on the Gemsstock, the Nätschen, in Sedrun, in Disentis and Oberalp.

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From its dramatically high peaks to its notoriously deep gorges, from absolutely calm mountain lakes to wildly cascading waterfalls, the Gotthard region offers enticing scenery for those who wish to soak it up from afar, trek through its dramatic terrain or travel on the famous Glacier-Express railway connecting Zermatt and St. Moritz that boards and disembarks in Andermatt.

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Travel Information

The central position of Andermatt makes it easy to access for guests from the north, south, east and west. From Zurich and Lugano, the Andermatt region can be reached in just one and a half to two hours.

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Luxury family holidays

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