Summer activities in Andermatt
With days of bright sunshine, pure air, unspoiled landscapes and warm temperatures, the Swiss Alps is an idyllic summer destination for all types of visitors. This summer, Andermatt is offering a range of activities tailored for children, ensuring there’s plenty to keep little ones occupied.
If an active brood, guests can sample a selection of five new cycling routes in the region. With an ardent cycling culture, the Andermatt Tourist Board have forged links with local partners providing services from secure locking systems to hop on hop off tickets for cyclists on the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway.
Visitors can also try their hands at gold panning on the Rhine with Sedrun based travel Experience Company, Aurira. Armed with a gold washing pan, a hand shovel and knee boots you will be guided to sites around the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon’ where the biggest nuggets of Swiss gold have been found. If perhaps more digitally minded, guests can take part in a treasure hunt guided by GPS devices. Follow the Gurschenalp trail guided by technologi cal Geocaching clues, dotted along a scenic two hour walk.
One of our favourite family activities in Andermatt has to be picnicking around the Lutersee lake. One hour from Gurschenalp (accessible by cable car), this secluded, beautifully-situated, freshwater lake is an idyllic spot for a refreshing swim in the height of summer. Visitors can eat al fresco, making use of complementary firewood for barbecues beside the water. Next to the Gurschen restaurant in Gurschenalp, is a dedicated children’s play area. One of its best-loved features is the petting zoo, where children can get up close to some of the local creatures – including particularly adorable dwarf goats – in a safe environment.
The Gemsstock-Gurschen cable car reopens Saturday 13th July and to celebrate, activity days on 13th July, 1st August and 1st September have been created especially. The more adventurous can abseil from one of the gondolas whilst less intrepid travellers absorb the remarkable panoramic views over the mountains. To celebrate the opening of the cable car for the summer season, a snowcat will be parked at the midway station on Gurschenalp which visitors are welcome to climb up into for photos. Professional drivers will be there to explain how exactly a snowcat works and if lucky enough in the sweepstakes, guests can win a ride!
If all of that activity is a little too exhausting, respite can be taken at the open-air theatre performance of Tyyfelsbrigg. The production of the legendary tale tells the story of Andermatt’s infamous Devil’s Bridge, reinvented with a humorous twist.
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