Wassen Church

The railway line which passes Wassen is unique – because in order to gain height within a very restricted space, it has to make the climb in a tight double loop. As a result, it has become a particularly popular attraction with tourists. Passengers are able to admire the village's beautiful Baroque church from no fewer than three different angles – from below, close-up and from above. The church itself offers a fine view over the upper Reuss Valley. On reaching Erstfeld the railway line again reaches the floor of the Reuss Valley. From here the route passes the north portal of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, from where passenger and freight trains enter the construction to the south – at 57 kilometres the longest train tunnel in the world.