Disentis-Sedrun is the name given to two separate resort towns in south-central Switzerland. The region has a rich cultural history dating back to the “Flight of the Earls” from Ireland in 1608, and the town of Disentis is home to the oldest mountain monastery in the Swiss Alps.
On March 17th 2008, the tiny alpine village of Andermatt was the recipient of a plaque commemorating the journey of the Irish earls through Switzerland. The earls, in their haste, managed to lose their riches in a ravine in the nearby St. Gotthard Pass over four centuries ago. Their bounty has never been found but the legend has become a major part of the Disentis-Sedrun experience. The town of Andermatt is located nine miles to the west of Sedrun.
Disentis-Sedrun is one of the smaller resorts in the Swiss Alps. The local area boasts over 200 kilometres of downhill pistes and offers some of the most affordable winter holiday packages in central Europe.
How to Get There
Disentis-Sedrun is located close to both Friedrichshafen airport in Germany and Zürich airport in the north of Switzerland. Unfortunately, only one airline flies from the UK to Friedrichshafen (RyanAir from London Stansted), so most tourists decide to take a train or car from Zürich airport. EasyJet offers cheap flights to Switzerland departing from numerous British airports including Gatwick and Stansted. Car hire is available at most European airports. The Graubünden Express rail service can also arrange direct airport transfers in advance.
London to Sedrun can be a tricky journey by car and is not recommended for inexperienced drivers. The official Disentis-Sedrun website warns that all motorists must travel via the town of Chur as the Andermatt Oberalp Pass is closed to motor vehicles during the winter months. The detour is quite lengthy as Sedrun is surrounded by numerous winding roads which can be hazardous in the winter.
The Eurotunnel provides easy access to the continent. Online mapping websites recommend following the north-eastern border of France down to Alsace and then crossing the border near the Swiss town of Basel. Please be aware that travel and car registration documents may be required at the Swiss border. Sedrun is accessible via the Basel to Grenze motorway (referred to as A2 or No.2 on most maps).
There is a railway station at Disentis which is served by the Swiss Federal Railway service. Unfortunately, the Eurostar ‘Snowtrain’ does not stop at, or anywhere near, Disentis, so tourists will have to take a high-speed TGV train to Basel or consider purchasing a ticket on the overnight Glacier Express from Paris. This latter option provides a direct route to Andermatt, Disentis, and Chur, and will allow guests to take a look at some of the most beautiful scenery that central and southern Switzerland has to offer.
Who the Resort Caters for
Disentis-Sedrun is a popular but small resort and has few facilities for party animals or expert skiers. There is also a great ski school at the resort. For those wanting a break from the slopes, activities such as golf, paragliding, and air boarding are available throughout the year.
Cross-country skiing is one of the most satisfying activities on offer in Disentis-Sedrun, with over 40 kilometres of pure, deep snow to explore. The relative isolation of the resort will allow even the most anxious of visitors to forget their woes whilst the quaint restaurants and cafés in the nearby hamlets will keep winter sports fans well-fed.
Many of the four-star hotels in the region provide superb facilities for family groups.
What Accommodation the Resort Offers
Disentis-Sedrun is quite a small resort and it only offers several small chalets and hotels. The Disentiserhof hotel is a four-star property which offers sleek, functional rooms for around £118 per person, per night. The hotel is located in the centre of Disentis and guests are allowed to use the bowling alley and the myriad fitness and well-being centres at the site for a small fee. Children are very well-catered for and the nearby Globi’s Castle seeks to entertain and educate youngsters whilst their parents spend a long evening in one of the restaurants in the village. The official Disentiserhof website provides additional information about the hotel and grounds.
The Hotel Krüzli at Sedrun is a more affordable option for tourists on a budget but only provides two-star facilities.
The Encarden chalet is a large apartment block located on the outskirts of Disentis. Rooms are available for up to 4 people for approximately £307 per person, per week (the price reflects a basic package and the chalet company does not provide transport to and from the ski slopes). The Encarden offers accommodation on a self-catered basis and all apartments have a fitted kitchen and a living/dining area.
Disentis-Sedrun provides visitors with access to 200 kilometres of downhill slopes, including 18 individual pistes. The terrain on offer is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers but there is only one black (expert) run in the entire region. Cross-country skiing comes highly recommended with many snow-tours passing through the tiny villages and hamlets that are dotted around the mountains.
The resort is too small to attract professional or advanced skiers but snowboarders can make use of the terrain park or the roving snow plains at Sedrun and Andermatt. Two separate lift passes are required to gain access to all of the slopes in the region and are priced at £123 for the main Disentis-Sedrun area and £130 for the Gotthard Oberalp Arena. The latter includes the cost of travelling on the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn (the local railway).
Eighty per cent of the Sedrun area is covered by snow cannons and the resort boasts ten ski lifts.
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The Disentis Sedrun ski season begins at the end of November and runs until the following April.