The pass is situated in the Alp’s heart, in the center of Europe, on the Gotthard massif, and touches the four Cantons of Uri, Ticino, Wallis and Graubünden. As an internationally relevant communication route, it always had quite an influence on Switzerland and Europe’s history. It has always been a reference point in the collective imagination, caught between legend and reality, and is a part of the national mythic patrimony for its historical, political, and social value tied to the country’s origins and development. The boarder pass represents an element of Switzerland’s independence and of national identity and cohesion and has always been a place of struggle between man and nature.
Four large European rivers have their sources in this region and after crossing most of the continent, they flow into the Northern Sea and Mediterranean.
Its geographical peculiarity, climatic diversity and natural beauties make it a rich region: place of reflection, liberty, meeting and leisure.