May 26, 2018 - 10:00 AM
I'd hire the car after your stay in Zurich as it won't be useful in the city. Then on your way to Andermatt you can stop to see the Teufelsbrücke (Devil's Bridge) just before Andermatt.
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On your way to Andermatt a stop at the Verzasca Dam might interest you.
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Parking is quite limited at both places, so you may have a wait for a spot as August is high season. It will depend on the weather and arrival time. The bridge is very close to Andermatt though, so you can also walk over there.
For the drive to Locarno you will need to check the traffic reports very closely. Passing the Gotthard massif can easily take 3.5 hours by car in high season, while it only 20 minutes by high speed trains crossing the new tunnel. From Andermatt it makes sense to take the Gotthard pass road instead of the motorway tunnel. That road can be busy but I don't think it will get as busy as the motorway.
A much longer scenic route is Andermatt - Furka pass - Brig - Simplon pass - Domodossola - Malesco, then either straight to Locarno or via Cannobio if the direct route is still closed due to the landslide. Quite a lot of narrow curvy roads, so be prepared for that and take your time. A shorter alternative is Andermatt - Furka pass - Nufenen pass - Airolo - Bellinzona (you can stop there to see 1, 2 or 3 castles) - Locarno.
More details about driving: www.myswissalps.com/ca r/drivinginthemountain s.
Last modified on May 26, 2018 - 10:02 AM by Arno