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Andermatt Swiss Alps – an exciting carbon-free development

The small town of Andermatt is regarded as an Alpine gem enjoying expansive views along the valley floor but as yet has remained relatively undiscovered. It is currently being transformed by Orascom Development into an exclusive international carbon free resort comprising a car free village complete with six hotels, 25 private villas, 490 apartments and underground parking spaces. What makes Andermatt different to any other skiing resort is its history; up until the new millennium Andermatt was kept a secret by the Swiss army and used as a training base for their Alpine troops. Since the army has dramatically scaled back their operations, Andermatt has grown into a more popular tourist destination with quaint hotels, friendly locals and picturesque scenary. Andermatt is located at the crossroads between North and South and East and West Switzerland and connected by three separate Alpine passes, in particular the Gotthard Pass – still today one of the most important routes in the Alps – which served to increase the fortunes of the village of Andermatt. There is a clear building philosophy throughout Andermatt Swiss Alps which involves the use of materials according to the MINERGIE® standard and a conscious effort in place for the new Andermatt to blend in with its ‘traditional’ centre. Apartment options are underway, with new apartment buildings Murmeltier and Steinbock perfectly located on the west side of the development very close to the village centre and near to the picturesque River Reuss. Designed by Devanthéry & Lamunière, acclaimed architects based in Geneva. Offering a mix of real estate design and architecture as well as a range of hotel accommodation, Andermatt Swiss Alps promises a harmonious lifestyle opportunity.  Whether you’re physically active or more interested in relaxation, young or young-at-heart: you will find just what you want in Andermatt, 365 days a year. This all year-round destination will deliver fantastic leisure facilities. In the summer, the region’s attractions include hiking, climbing and mountain biking in front of breathtaking mountain scenery, not forgetting the ecologically designed 18-hole golf course. Guaranteed snow during the winter months provide excellent skiing opportunities and in addition Andermatt’s ski facilities are being modernised, linking with the neighbouring ski area of Sedrun to form a single ski arena. Culture lovers will also be satisfied by the array of local festivals and classical concerts held in nearby Lucerne which have become world renowned. Summer promises al fresco dining by Lake Lucerne and a chance to wander through the historic town, open air theatre and excursions to the UNESCO world heritage site of Bern – all on the resort’s doorstep. Apartments start at 15,500 CHF per sqm.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. This place looks stunning, what a fantastic idea having it car free. Lots of history here also.

    Al Fresco dining by the lake sounds lovely.

  2. The idea of no cars in the summer would be lovely, would make a great escape for a walking holiday. Underground parking is a great idea! I wonder if they have ski buses in the ski season though, they do make life easier!

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