Uri Alps



The Urner Alps are a mountain range in the central Alps. You are in Switzerland in the cantons of Uri, Valais, Bern, Nidwalden and Obwalden. The large number of participating cantons may give the impression of a complex mountain building. However, the Urner Alps form a compact, easy- deferrable mountain group between Lake Lucerne in the north, the Reuss Valley ( Gotthard axis ) to the east, the Furka and Grimsel Pass in the south and in the west Brünigpass the contrary.

  • 3.1 Landscapes of National Importance
  • 4.1 Remote / distance trails

Breakdown by SOIUSA

After SOIUSA are the Urner Alps Subsection 12.I, and therefore part of the Bernese Alps in the broader sense.

  • After SOIUSA the Urner Alps in the west end on Haslital and already in Gental and not with the Brünigpass. The area between Gental and Brünigpass and Melchsee- Frutt then falls to the Lucerne and Unterwaldner foothills.
  • In the north, the boundary is the Griessental and Isital and not only on Lake Lucerne. The rather voralpen -like area then falls to the Lucerne and Unterwaldner Alps
  • To the east by the Glarus Alps, in the broad sense defined by Reuss and Reuss Valley
  • In the south, Furka Pass, Garschen, Urseren and Furkareuss form the less disputed border to the Lepontine Alps with the subsection Monteleone - Sankt Gotthard Alps

Thus, the Urner Alps Narrow by SOIUSA almost exclusively on the canton of Uri.


The highest peak is the Dammastock, 3'630 m. The Urner Alps possess numerous three-thousand and glaciers. Although not as famous as the neighboring Bernese Alps, the Urner Alps offer everything the mountain climbers, high tourist and nature lovers want. An advantage of the Urner Alps are the high points of departure that allow the climber quickly reach the high region and allow the tourists without difficulty, magnificent high mountain images. These include some mountain railways in the north of the group, but especially the three passes Susten pass in the middle of the group and Furka and Grimsel Pass on Group margin.

World famous are the Titlis, an over 3,200 m high mountain cable car in the north of the group, and the Rhone glacier with glacier grotto at the Furka Pass. Like the neighboring mountain ranges of the Alps and the northern edge of the Urner Alps are often affected by the West and Northwest weather. Thus the weather in the Urner Alps is relatively unstable and less favorable than in the central and southern parts of the Alps.

Three thousand

In the Urner Alps, there are 58 named three thousand. They are listed in order according to the level below:

  • Rorspitzli 21, 3220 m
  • Sidelenhorn 22, 3217 m
  • Gwächtenhorn 23, 3214 m
  • 24 Fountain Stock, 3210 m
  • Chüeplanggenstock 26, 3207 m
  • Voralphorn 27, 3203 m
  • 28 Winter floor, 3203 m
  • Chelenalphorn 29, 3202 m
  • 32 Rear Sustenlimihorn, 3194 m
  • Gärstenhörner 33, 3189 m
  • Limistock 34, 3189 m
  • Tällistock 35, 3185 m
  • 36 Rostock, 3183 m
  • 37 high Horefellistock, 3175 m
  • 39 Winterberg, 3167 m
  • 40 chli Spannort, 3140 m
  • 41 Behind Castle ( Castle Hill ), 3132 m
  • Steinhüshorn 42, 3121 m
  • Chilchlistock 43, 3114 m
  • Krönten 44, 3107 m
  • 45 Rear Gelmerhörner, 3100 m
  • 46 Front Tierberg, 3091 m
  • Zwächten 47, 3078 m
  • 48 hole mountain, 3074 m
  • Müeterlishorn 49, 3066 m
  • 50th Wendenstöcke, 3042 m
  • 51 Blue Mountain, 3039 m
  • Triftstöckli 52, 3035 m
  • 53 Kleintitlis, 3028 m
  • 54 Small Furkahorn, 3026 m
  • 55 Turning Horn, 3023 m
  • Spitzli 56, 3011 m
  • 57 streams floor, 3008 m


Landscapes of national importance

According to article 5 of the Federal Law on Nature and Cultural Heritage Protection leads to Switzerland a Federal Inventory of Landscapes and Natural Monuments of National Importance.

In the Urner Alps, there are 4 of these landscapes.

  • No. 1507 Name: Bernese Alps and the Aletsch - Bietschhorn area ( northern part), year of inclusion in the inventory: 1983, Revision: 1996 Size: 49'581 ha, this area is only a small part in the Urner Alps.
  • No. 1512 Name: Aare Meiringen Innertkirchen, year of inclusion in the inventory: 1996, Size: 80 ha
  • No. 1606, Name: Lake of Lucerne with core forest, Bürgenstock and Rigi, year of inclusion in the inventory: 1983, Size: 38'198 ha, this area is only a part in the Urner Alps.
  • No. 1710 Name: Rhone glacier foreland, year of inclusion in the inventory: 1996, Size: 3'703 ha


Remote / distance trails

The Via Alpina, a cross-border long-distance trail with five sub- paths through the whole Alps, also passes through the Urner Alps.

The Green Trail Via Alpina runs with two stages through the Urner Alps as follows:

  • Stage C7 runs from Altdorf in the Reuss valley to Engelberg on the Surenenpass
  • Stage C8 runs from Engelberg to Meiringen over the Joch