Hotel Belvédère: The Iconic Swiss Hotel on The Edge of The Rhone Glacier
by Kaushik. Photo credit: ilirjan rrumbullaku/Flickr
Located in one of the snowiest regions in Switzerland, the Furka Pass, connecting the cantons of Uri and Valais in the country’s south-central region, is considered to be one of the “most iconic, exhilarating and exciting drives” through the Swiss Alps.
The scenic road with its tight switchbacks curving up the picturesque mountainside attracts countless tourists.
There is the Rhone Glacier with its ice grotto—a one hundred meter long tunnel drilled through the glacier every year that glows in an unearthly shade of blue—as well as attractive options for hiking, climbing and skiing.
The Furka Pass even played a brief cameo in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger.
As the road switches back and forth hugging the side of the mountain, at one point near the top of the pass, it comes within 200 meters of the Rhone Glacier.
It was here, in 1882, the young hotelier, Josef Seiler, built a hotel in one of the hairpin bends.
Over the decades Hotel Belvédère became one of the most iconic hotels of the Swiss Alps.
Nowhere else in the world could one drive a car so close to the edge of a glacier, check into a hotel room with balconies overlooking the massive river of ice, and then walk down a paved path to the glacier below located only a couple of hundred yards away.