Furggen

Adventure along the wild road to Furggen in the Pennine Alps

Furggen is a high mountain open meadow at an elevation of 2.457m (8,061ft) above the sea level located in the district of Raron in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

Set high in the Pennine Alps, close to the Matterhorn, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. A 4x4 vehicle is required. It is said to be one of the most difficult roads in the Alps. It’s an old military road built by the Swiss military during World War II. The road includes some steep sections, up to 17%.

Located near the Italian border, the road is not easy, with extremely narrow parts and 27 hairpin turns. The road is 21.6 km (13.42 miles) long running from Grengiols to Heiligkreuz. Near the summit there’s an old chapel (Kapelle Maria zum Schnee Furggen). Built atop a gently domed hill, the chapel rises over the mountain huts around it. When the rings were counted in the ridge beam and in the ceiling joists in October 2007, it was established that the chapel was built in 1662.
Pic: Loperetti Philippe

 

 

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