A bit of history

Crossing the Gotthard is nothing new. Back in the 13th century it was already being used as a mule track. Then with the advent of the mail coach everything changed. The mail coach was the DHL or Fedex of the time – just as effective, if not quite as fast – with horse-drawn carriages carrying letters and parcels across the Alps.

Spotlight on 1882

The next major advance came with the arrival of the train, which completely transformed the journey from northern to southern Switzerland. The first Gotthard tunnel was inaugurated in 1882: a magnificent, brand-new double-track tunnel, 15 km long, linking Göschenen in the north, in the canton of Uri, to Airolo in the south, in the canton of Ticino.

Gotthard Pass road
Official opening of the Gotthard Rail Tunnel on 22 May 1882 © SBB

In 1883, its first full year of operation, some 250,000 passengers and 300,000 tonnes of goods passed through the new tunnel. A few years later, in 1909, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) took over the running of this legendary railway line, which by then had become indispensable.

Then and now

Since that time, much water has passed under the bridge. Quite literally. Though it was not wasted during the construction of the tunnel, but rather was used intelligently and recycled. Indeed, depending on the thickness of the rock excavated, the temperature of the water escaping from it varied between 20 and 40 degrees. The sheer volume and high flow rate of this water made it a valuable resource to heat homes near the tunnel geothermally.

It took construction works on an enormous scale and 17 years of hard labour to complete this masterpiece of civil engineering. The new Gotthard base tunnel is the longest railway tunnel in the world, and is the epitome of Swiss precision, innovation and reliability. It stretches over 57 km, some 2,300 metres under rock. In just 20 minutes it gets you from Erstfeld, north of the Alps, to Bodio on the south side. By reducing the travel time in this way, Switzerland is helping to bring the cities, regions and countries of northern and southern Europe closer together.

Digging the base tunnel in Sedrun, Graubünden © Robert Boesch, Switzerland

EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GOTTHARD TUNNEL OPENNING.  IF you have never seen it… you MUST!   This copy of the video is much abbreviated.  The original was about 5 hours long.   IT is the most demonic demonstration I have ever seen.  Truly a Satanic RITUAL. 

Published on Jul 4, 2016

Bizarre Ritual on the Opening of Gotthard Tunnel. World Leaders gather to this Mystic and Ceremonial Ritual.

This epic tale is by no means over, however: in 2020 the Ceneri tunnel will be opened,linking the cities of Bellinzona and Lugano by rail on a flat route. An extension of the Gotthard base tunnel, this final link will shorten the travel time between the two commercial capitals of Zurich and Milan to just under three hours, almost one hour less than the journey by rail currently takes.

What advantages are to be gained from this?

Thanks to its low gradient, the Gotthard base tunnel complements the existing mountain rail links, not only increasing the speed of transport but also enabling heavy freight trains to be used.

This New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA) with its Gotthard, Lötschberg and Ceneri base tunnels provides an attractive and ecologically sound alternative to road traffic.

SBB freight train © SBB

Switzerland has thus taken the Gotthard route to a new level, the culmination of a long history of achievements, making what initially seemed a far-fetched idea reality.

OK, so this story is still about ROCKS.   They have moved a tremendous amount of rocks from the tunnel to the lake, Creating ISLANDS.  Hmmm.  So are these rocks crystals??  Quartz?  Is this to make for better transmission?  I thought their montra was to not change or disturb the environment.  They get all upset about moving a few rocks, but they can move thousands of them and create lakes, islands and beaches?? And they call that environmentally friendly.  HMMMM…  I wonder, as they were excavating this humungous Tunnel, just how much crystal they pulled out of there, or at least repositioned perhaps to assist with the magick works going on at CERN.  How much silicone is needed to store all the brains, memories, personalities in the world?   How much silicone is needed to build, manage and maintain a world dominated by AI?  Mountains of it???  Do you think?  Is that what all the underground drilling and tunneling has been about around the world?   Is that what the big party was for at the opening of the TUNNEL??  Were they celebrating the motherload of quartz they had collected?  Is this what has also been going on at the other famous CAIRNGORM?  Click the link and check it out.  Two, very big mountains of smoky quartz – will go a long way for their AI God!

When rock from the Gotthard Base Tunnel heads to the beach 

After lying dormant in the heart of the mountain for several million years, a portion of the 28 million tonnes of material excavated to build the Gotthard Base Tunnel has been given a new and somewhat more exotic lease of life. It now brings smiles to the faces of holidaymakers and sunbathers on the shores of Lake Uri and Sedrun. These projects, which were realised at no additional cost, are perfect examples of a sustainable commitment that benefits the environment, the economy and society.
The Lorelei bathing islands – Central Switzerland’s answer to the Caribbean

Although most islands are as old as Earth itself, there’s no need to go all the way to the Caribbean to experience the enjoyment of swimming in an idyllic archipelago. You only need to go as far as Lake Uri (Uri can mean:Fiery, Flame or Light) to appreciate this eco project and to soak up some sun. The innovative and long-term backfill project on the shoreline of Lake Uri was not only designed for the enjoyment of bathers. Its primary aim was to protect the wildlife and the landscape as it had been observed that when the foehn blew, the waves would hit the shores of the lake and end up eroding them. The islands of the Neptune nature reserve and those of the Lorelei were created to protect the shoreline from this climatic phenomenon. Moreover, this development has given rise to a shallow area, which is invaluable for wildlife and which provides a suitable environment for flora and fauna to flourish.

A Swiss train coming out of the Gotthard Tunnel. © AlpTransit Gotthard SA
A Swiss Train Coming out of the Gothard Tunnel.  Photo Credit: Alp Transit Gotthard SA

A safe place to swim

This mini archipelago, which covers an area of half a hectare (5,000 square metres), was built using the rubble extracted during the construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Following some five years of backfilling work using the material excavated from the site, the three new islands were officially inaugurated on 24 and 25 June 2005. The area was designed to be a place for people to enjoy time out with friends and family. The islands are strewn with large flat stones, inviting visitors to sit back and relax.  Reefs and shoals were placed in front of the islands to act as wave-breakers. A trench with steps carved into the rock was also dug out between two islands to allow visitors to cross the bay. They can therefore relax and enjoy bathing in a safe environment.

Invitation à la baignade sur les bords du lac d’Uri. © Reussdelta.ch
The shores of Lake Uri invite bathers to take a dip. © Reussdelta.ch

In terms of flora and fauna, no fewer than 200 species of plant and 70 species of bird have made this area and the surrounding nature reserve their home. The project has therefore also benefited local wildlife.

Lag Claus Surrein in Sedrun

Construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel also provided Sedrun with a new spot for swimming. Since the construction work generated more rubble than planned, the commune of Tujetsch decided to create a lake. Situated in an idyllic spot with stunning views of the mountains, this little piece of paradise invites visitors to sit back and take it easy. The water reaches very pleasant temperatures in the summer, much to the delight of local residents and tourists.

The Claus bathing lake in Sedrun. © Sedrun Disentis Tourism
The Claus bathing lake in Sedrun. © Sedrun Disentis Tourism

These developments are veritable assets for the region. Indeed, the Gotthard Base Tunnel not only allows you to travel from the north to the south of the country in 20 minutes, it has also given rise to a number of idyllic spots for rest and relaxation.


Brandon Edwards and Dave Edwards


Distance:  11.8km
Average Gradient: 7.5%
Elevation gain:  897 metres
Surface: Sealed/Cobblestone

Link to the Strava segment here:

Saint Gotthard Pass is located 66 km south-east of Switzerland.  With a summit at 2,106 metres, the Gotthard Pass is one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps and for centuries been one of the busiest routes linking south and the north of Switzerland side of the Alps.  The first road over the pass was opened in 1830 and named after a chapel erected about 1300 in honor of Saint Gotthard, bishop of Hildesheim.

This climb offers some truly stunning views, and is well known for its collection of hairpins with the final 8 kilometers on Cobbles, and has been known as the Roobaix of climbing. If you suffer from Vertigo, a word of warning… don’t try this climb.  There are some pretty impressive drops over the side of the road that you won’t want to test your tumbling skills on.

This is one of those climbs which no matter how hard it seems at the start, you don’t start earning your coin till you hit the cobbles.  The cobbles will shake you to the core, and  will use some physical effort to absorb the shock its putting on your body.  You’re unlikely to see the impressive viewsas you’re paying close attention to the road, as you try to pick the ‘least’ bumpiest route across the road. Check out the YouTube clip below for what to expect from the cobblestones.

Once over the top your legs will thank you.  This is one of those climbs you’ll wonder how you got up.  Since you’ve put in the hard yards you may as well enjoy yourself.  There is some great scenery nearby if you wanted to visit any of the three small lakes, or take a photo of your bike next to the monument to Adrien Guex, a Swiss pilot who crashed nearby in 1927.  There are some great restaurants & Cafe’s, or you can pay a visit to the Gotthard Museum.  Its a lovely spot to visit.

If you watched the video, you actually were able to see the serpentine road with cobblestone skin.  It looks just like a SNAKE!  Unbelieveable! 

There are a number of rock cairns in the area but I was only able to grab a few samples:


Lake Selia – Gotthard Pass


Photo Credit: Hiking St Gotthard Trail Cairn – Getty Image


Photo Credit: St Gotthard Pass Cairn – Getty Image


Here is a huge cairn at the top of St. Gotthard mountain.  I have not been able to find very much about the monument other than that it is dedicated to an English pilot.  It is a CAIRN for sure.  A mound of rocks!  I wonder at its significance.  I suspect there is something hidden about it.  Here are the photos and the little bit of detail I was able to uncover.  

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Switzerland Passo S. Gottardo, Lake on St Gotthard and Guex Monument

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File:Memorial Adrien Guex 03 11.jpg

File:Memorial Adrien Guex 03 11.jpg


English: Memorial for the downed pilot Adrien Guex on the Gotthard pass; Ticino, Switzerland.First lieutenant Adrien Guex (* 1901) crashed and was killed on 7 August 1927 at 9:02 a. m. in his Fokker D VII, 627 during a reconnaissance flight between the hospice and the fort (coord. 686590/156760) due to poor visibility.[1]

The monument by Fausto Agnelli was inaugurated on 18 August 1928.

Deutsch: Denkmal für den abgestürzten Piloten Adrien Guex auf dem Gotthardpass; Tessin, Schweiz.Oberleutnant Adrien Guex (* 1901) verunglückte am 7. August 1927 um 9 Uhr 02 mit seiner Fokker D VII 627 während eines Rekognoszierungsflugs wegen schlechter Sichtverhältnisse zwischen dem Hospiz und dem Fort (Koord. 686590/156760) tödlich.[1]

Das Denkmal von Fausto Agnelli wurde am 18. August 1928 eingeweiht.

Camera location 46° 33′ 19.9″ N, 8° 34′ 00.95″ E  Heading=292.5° Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.

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Author – Хрюша