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Furka Pass, Oberwald

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Furka Pass (French: Le Col de la Furka), with an elevation of 2,429 metres (7,969 ft), is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting Gletsch, Valais with Realp, Uri. The Furka Oberalp Bahn line through the Furka Tunnel bypasses the pass. The base tunnel opened in 1982 and replaced a tunnel at 2100 metres.

The Furka Pass was used as a location in the James Bond film Goldfinger.

One curve on the east side of the pass is even named "James Bond Strasse". At the sign, there is a lookout point with a small parking area. Visitors can also park next to Hotel Belvédère, close to the top of the pass on the west side, and take the short walk to the Rhone Glacier Ice Grotto. The glacier moves 30–40 meters a year and the 100 meter long tunnel and ice chamber can be visited from June when the road opens.
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  • The Audi we rented, was put to the test with this road. It’s not a road for the faint of heart. The Nice stop was the surprise Glacier self tour. Worth the 30 dollars to see. See it before it... 
    The Audi we rented, was put to the test with this road. It’s not a road for the faint of heart. The Nice stop was the surprise Glacier self tour. Worth the 30 dollars to see. See it before it...  more »
  • I was looking forward to winding my way up this road into the mountains as it was a filming location for the James Bond movie “Goldfinger.” We drove from Weggis, around a 2 hour drive. The road... 
    I was looking forward to winding my way up this road into the mountains as it was a filming location for the James Bond movie “Goldfinger.” We drove from Weggis, around a 2 hour drive. The road...  more »
  • Furka Pass has a the astonishing breathtaking view of the Swiss mountains paving the the winding roads that connects to mountains and tunnels. The feeling is fantastic and can't ask for more. 
    Furka Pass has a the astonishing breathtaking view of the Swiss mountains paving the the winding roads that connects to mountains and tunnels. The feeling is fantastic and can't ask for more.  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful road trips ever had! Furka pass connect Ursental with Goms area and while driving through the valley you have a great wall of mountains taking your breath away! The road in end of August was in great condition and on the way there are many spots to stay and relax and two small restaurant's! The maximum altitude is 2436 meters! Close by hotel Belvedere there is an ice cage and definitely recommend to have a look.
  • The Furka Pass will be a cherished memory for years to come. I will go back soon and stay longer. The scenery on this alpine pass is just incredible. We visited in October and the road was empty. We only saw a couple of dozen vehicles the whole drive. The views at the top are jaw dropping.
  • A fantastic drive to the Furka Pass awaits you. Really winding roads leading up to the Rhone Glacier and the iconic Hotel Belvedere. Technically, and some one can correct me if I am wrong, the Furka pass starts from the glacier while crossing over to the Uri-Valais border leading up to the village of Zumdorf. The road is really winding and it can get really cold at the top so please prepare by having winter tires and winter clothing, particularly at night and starting end of autumn season. Also, it’s very sad to see the Rhone Glacier receding so dramatically. This is heartbreaking and hopefully people will understand the impact of global warming before it’s too late. Enjoy the majesty of the Furka Pass and Rhone glacier before it’s too late.
  • I recommend a beautiful glacier and an ice cave. Amazing things 🇨🇭
  • Beautiful landscape with an interesting history. A must visit if you are in the area.

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