And in the middle rises ... a skiing area.
Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis and its central location in the heart of Europe
The Gotthard massif has always enjoyed a very special significance in the "centre of Europe". Even the Romans recognised that it was possible to cross the Alps from north to south in one ascent and descent over the passes of the Swiss Massif. They called the Gotthard Adula Mons, the steep mountain, or Mons Tremolar, the trembling mountain. Roman coin finds and the gold treasure of Erstfeld in the Reuss valley indicate that there were merchants on the route even in early times. Nevertheless, in comparison with the Brenner and Reschen passes in Austrian Tirol, the passes on the Gotthard were too high and too steep for the heavy cattle carts of the traders. This was followed by a stagecoach route and the famous Gotthard tunnel at the end of the 19th century. At that time, it was a human masterpiece that connected the north and south of Europe with relative certainty of snow. This is still the case today.
At the end of the 19th century tourism at the Gotthard and Furka Pass reached its peak. Guests from all over Europe came to the heart of Switzerland for curative and leisurely stays in the high mountain air. A tradition that is still alive today due to its central location and accessibility. The ski region Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis connects two cantons: Uri and Graubünden. The latter extends geographically from Disentis in the north-east of Central Europe to the Austrian border with the federal states of Tirol and Vorarlberg, Liechtenstein and the German Lake Constance region. Andermatt and Sedrun in the canton of Uri can (as has been historically proven) be reached without difficulty from the north - the Swiss foreland and Germany - but also from the canton of Ticino and the Milan metropolitan region in the south.
Accessibility is also a Swiss feature: The Swiss Railway has long ensured a seamless and hassle-free connection between all locations within Switzerland. Some may call it a sustainable idea, others a basic democratic way of making all places in Switzerland accessible to all Swiss denizens. In fact, you can travel by train directly from any major city in Switzerland to the ski resort. Andermatt and Sedrun, but also Disentis, can be reached from all directions with the Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway or the Rhaetian Railway: from the Chur railway junction into the Surselva Valley to Disentis and further over the Oberalp Pass in the direction of Andermatt or from the RegioExpress railway station in Göschenen in Canton Uri via Andermatt in the direction of Disentis. Whether by car or by train, the villages of the Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis ski resort not only have railway stations and parking spaces, but also sports shops with equipment hire, which also make the transport of – sometimes bulky - ski equipment obsolete. Skiing can be that easy.
Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis is located in the middle of the Western Alps but is easily accessible from all Central European major cities within a very short time. The reason: The above-mentioned road and railway networks have been extended for centuries. From Zurich, you can reach Andermatt by car in approx. 1.5 hours and park comfortably at the valley station of the Gütsch-Express (there are even family parking spaces). From Milan, it takes 2.5 hours by car to Andermatt and 15 minutes longer directly to Disentis via the Lukmanier Pass. By the way: The Lukmanierpass offers the only possibility to cross the Swiss Alps by car (in the sense of a north-south crossing) without exceeding an altitude of over 2,000 metres above sea level. Andermatt and Disentis can both be reached from Stuttgart in just under four hours, from the Austrian Lake Constance region the travel time is only two hours. Those who regard the 3,000-metre-high peaks as insurmountable can therefore breathe a sigh of relief: The Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis ski resort is not only centrally located and extremely easy to reach, it is also one of the most modern ski resorts in Switzerland. So off you go right into the middle.