(ō`bər-älp), Alpine pass, 6,733 ft (2,052 m) high, between Grisons and Uri cantons, S central Switzerland. Oberalpsee, a small lake, is nearby, and the Alpine peak Oberalpstock, 10,926 ft (3,330 m) high, is northeast of the pass.
A commentary filled in the background on where we were as we passed through the nine mile-long Rhine Gorge, stopped at Disentis and, using cogs for the steep climb, eventually reached the 6100ft-high Oberalp Pass, before dropping down to Andermatt.
From the bases of Brig (four nights) and Chur (three nights), enjoy stunning views on excursions passing over bridges and viaducts, past frozen waterfalls and ravines, through the Oberalp, Bernina and Albula Passes to Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station.
RAIL JOURNEY IN SWITZERLAND Great Rail Journeys (01904 521 980) offers 10-day, two-centre Winter Glacier Express holiday from Dec 30 for pounds 1,350, with breathtaking views on journey through high Oberalp, Bernina and Albula Passes and on to Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station.
There are more than 350-kilometres of footpaths around the combined resorts of Disentis Sedrun, including a walk to the source of the Rhine and, for seasoned hikers, the 100-kilometre Senda Sursilvana path from the Oberalp Pass to Chur.