Cycling Furkapass from Realp
Ride 11.4 kilometers gaining 840 meters at 7.4% average grade.
As with so many Swiss bike climbs, this is a wonderful cycling experience. We begin the climb in the
Photo left and center: Village center of Realp (population 153 in 2008).
First half of the climb.
Once we leave Realp, we are traveling through alpine pastures on a smooth road with little traffic and great views.
Plaque at kilometer 2.3.
What’s with the James Bond Street sign? Furkapass is home to a five-minute segment from the 1965 James Bond movie Goldfinger. In the scene, we see Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 passed by Tilly Masterson’s yellow Mustang. Tilly later takes a shot at Bond from a hairpin above where he is stopped watching Odd Job and Goldfinger buy apples from youngsters on a hairpin below Bond. Bond then chases and uses his extending tire shredding feature to disable her vehicle. You can watch the scene on YouTube, here.
Tilly Masterson takes aim on Bond on Furka Pass
Photo: James Bond Club Schweiz
Second half of the climb.
Furkapass has been featured in several stages of the Tour de Suisse.
Finish at 2436 meters.
Furkapass is included in the Grand Tour of Switzerland which is a famous motor vehicle route that takes in many of the amazing and scenic views of Switzerland.
1600 kilometers, 22 lakes, 5 alpine passes 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
In addition to Furkapass, the Grand Tour includes Gotthard Pass, Sustenpass and Grimselpass in this area.
Climb summary from our friend and PJAMM contributor Helmuth Dekkers (NL):
To get back to my hotel after I cycled Nufenenpass and Gotthardpass I first had to cycle from Hospental to Realp. The first 3.5km are flat which makes up for a nice change after all the climbing and descending. Then 2km false flat to get to Realp where the road starts to go up again to the Furkapass (2431m) from the Realp or northeastern approach. After the first set of hairpins and 5.5km of cycling you'll reach Berghotel Galenstock and shortly after that the hamlet Tiefenbach. 3.5km outside Tiefenback you'll pass the Sidelenbach waterfall.
It's then just 2.5km left to the Furkapass and you'll see the valley far below you and impressive mountains in front of you where the pass is.
From the pass you will see the hairpins that will take you down to Gletcsh and you'll see at the same time the hairpins that take you up from Gletsch to the Grimselpass. The view is stunning! It might be even better when you descenD a bit until the Hotel Belvédère which is not in use anymore and hence from a distance looks OK but up close IS deteriorated. Here you can also go inside the Rhône glacier. This glacier used to be very impressive but there is not so much left anymore due to the temperature that is going up year after year. After the set of tight hairpin turns around the Hotel Belvédère there is a nice straight part to descent before the last couple of hairpin turns take you down to Gletsch.
Thank you Helmuth!!