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Sitting in the heart of Switzerland which is the heart of Europe which is at the heart of the world, it can be quite rightly attributed, as it is often done so by the locals, that Andermatt is the beating heart of the world. And we are not ones to disagree. The atmosphere, the passion and the beauty of this area is a lifeline of all that encompasses Switzerland and her locals. With a breathtakingly beautiful old town resort centre –which some of us may recognise from a scene in Ian Flemming's James Bond Goldfinger film in which the village gas station is the site to which Sean Connery drives his infamous Aston Martin DB5 following a close call with Goldfinger –and with staggering mountains encircling this valley resort, Andermatt is the epitome of a Swiss resort. Enjoying high altitude skiing –Andermatt is well known on the freerider and intermediate radar for the haven known as the Gemstock ski area, reached by the main gondola. But less well known and often overlooked is the family and beginner area of Natschen which is easily reached by a separate cable car from the resort centre. There is also the extended area of Sedrun offering ideal terrain for all-rounders which is reached by a 20 minute impressive train journey through the Matterhorn Gotthard mountain pass. However, since 2009 a 5 year investment in ski lifts has been underway ensuring that Andermatt will become the next big thing on the winter calendar and will be able to boast one of Switzerland's largest connected ski areas. We urge you to be the first to go before the world scene cottons on!


Andermatt

Sitting in the heart of Switzerland which is the heart of Europe which is at the heart of the world, it can be quite rightly attributed, as it is often done so by the locals, that Andermatt is the beating heart of the world. And we are not ones to disagree. The atmosphere, the passion and the beauty of this area is a lifeline of all that encompasses Switzerland and her locals. With a breathtakingly beautiful old town resort centre –which some of us may recognise from a scene in Ian Flemming's James Bond Goldfinger film in which the village gas station is the site to which Sean Connery drives his infamous Aston Martin DB5 following a close call with Goldfinger –and with staggering mountains encircling this valley resort, Andermatt is the epitome of a Swiss resort. Enjoying high altitude skiing –Andermatt is well known on the freerider and intermediate radar for the haven known as the Gemstock ski area, reached by the main gondola. But less well known and often overlooked is the family and beginner area of Natschen which is easily reached by a separate cable car from the resort centre. There is also the extended area of Sedrun offering ideal terrain for all-rounders which is reached by a 20 minute impressive train journey through the Matterhorn Gotthard mountain pass. However, since 2009 a 5 year investment in ski lifts has been underway ensuring that Andermatt will become the next big thing on the winter calendar and will be able to boast one of Switzerland's largest connected ski areas. We urge you to be the first to go before the world scene cottons on!

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December

  • Christmas festival
  • Fatbike Full Moon Ride

January

  • New Year - Silvesterevent in Hospental

February

  • Freestyle Event
  • Oriental Evening

March

  • AndermattLive
  • Waterslide contest

April

  • King of the Mountain Race

ACTIVITIES IN Andermatt

Ice hockey

  • Close to Andermatt the Ice Hockey stadium is a great way to make your evening that little bit more eventful.

Ice skating

  • Whether your pirouettes are graceful or you’re more of a crash landing type of skater, spending a few hours on the ice rink is a great way to work up the appetite before supper.

Horse carriage

  • One of the more romantic ways to travel around the resort. Taken in a horse drawn sleigh it is a very peaceful way to take in the views.

Ice climbing

  • For the more adventurous out there you pick your way up through the icy waterfalls instructed by a qualified guide.

snow kiting

  • Something that not too many resorts offer, but a fantastic new way of getting down the piste

Sledging

  • A much more traditional way of getting down the piste. Grab your sledge, find a hill and off you go!

cross-country skiing

  • Something different to have a go at, on the paths around the local golf course you will find yourself using muscles you didn’t know you even had.
 

TIME ZONE
GMT + 1 hour

LANGUAGE
French and German is spoken in Switzerland. French is the predominant language in Verbier.

CURRENCY INFORMATION
CHF (Swiss Francs)

MONEY MATTERS
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in the country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

TIPPING SUGGESTIONS
In restaurants a service charge is built into menu prices. However, it's customary to round up amounts when paying the waiter or waitress if you're happy with the service. This means that you might hand the server CHF 50 for a CHF 47 meal. If you're paying by credit card, hand the server a cash tip of up to 5%. For Taxis as in restaurants, round up or add 5% when you're happy with the service. Tips to your chalet staff are entirely at your discretion.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have: a signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points. Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application. EU nationals are only required to hold a valid national ID card.

NEAREST AIRPORT
The nearest airports to Andermatt are:

  • Zurich (125km)
  • Lugano (74km)
  • Malpensa (112km)
  • Bergamo (137km)

WEATHER
Switzerland's winter temperature range is -2 °C (28 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F), with the snow remaining in the Alps until around April. The alpine climate is cold and visitors should wear warm, waterproof clothing at all times when outdoors during the winter. Hats and gloves are also essential to prevent frostbite. Sunglasses or ski goggles are also necessary to reduce the glare of the sun on the snow.

HEALTH
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and imperative to take out appropriate travel and medical insurance. Winter sports involve a high degree of risk and you should be in good health and carry adequate medical insurance in case of winter sports accident, including cover for air ambulance.

ELECTRICITY
Electrical service in Switzerland is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.



DRIVING INFORMATION

  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if their road has a white line across it.
  • You should always be carrying in the car your Passport or national ID, driver’s licence, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • National speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h, on open roads 80 km/h and in towns 50 km/h.
  • In Switzerland you pay an annual motorway tax, even if you're only using the motorways for an hour or two. A vehicle sticker, or vignette, must be displayed on the windscreen by all vehicles. Of course, if you don't need to use a motorway you don't need to pay, although it's difficult to cross the country without doing so.You can for example buy them in Switzerland from customs offices at the frontier or service stations, garages and post offices.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Anything over 0.08 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment.
  • Snow chains are recommended to be carried everywhere in Switzerland during winter, and if you do not carry and fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey.

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