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Andermatt and the Furka Pass: One of the world’s greatest drives

It’s one of the most iconic car chases in movie history: James Bond (played by Sean Connery) and his Aston Martin DB5 sweep round the curves of the Furka Pass, Switzerland, in hot pursuit of Auric Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce.

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But, while the villains and heroes may be the stuff of movie myth-making, the drive itself is real. The alpine route along the Furkastrasse towards Andermatt should be on every driver’s wishlist.

First opened in 1867, it remains one of the world’s great roads, with panoramic views, twists and turns, and exhilarating ascents that will take your breath away.

Use our map – Driving the Furka Pass, Switzerland – to plan your route (click to expand). 

For the full experience, begin at Oberwald and drive right through to Andermatt – a journey of around an hour, without stops. If you want to push on further, the Oberalpstrasse that leads up and out of Andermatt provides yet more spectacular driving across the Oberalp Pass.

Both routes boast panoramic viewpoints where you can park up and enjoy the views – important so that you don’t get too distracted by them while you’re actually driving.

The Furka Pass image via Flickr by twicepix

This region’s status as on the greatest driving destinations that the world can offer is also recognised by BMW superbike rally drivers, who descend upon Andermatt each July for their annual Alpine Rally.

If you want the full James Bond experience, you can even visit at the iconic petrol station in Andermatt where Bond and Tilly Masterson part ways following her failed attempt to assassinate Goldfinger – it’s now part of the Aurora Hotel.

We can’t help but think, though, that the new 5-star The Chedi Andermatt – opening at the end of 2013 – would be rather more to Bond’s high-rolling, martini-sipping tastes.

Can’t wait to get there? This video gives a taste of what the drive is like…

Caution: always check road and weather conditions before setting out on this route. It should only be attempted during the summer months.

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