Iconic and Abandoned Hotel Belvedere of Furka Pass

Idly standing at the curve along Furkastrasse, below the historic Rhone Glacier in Obergoms (Oberwald), the canton of Valais, Switzerland.

Iconic and Abandoned Hotel Belvedere of Furka Pass
This image was taken in 1973! The Rhone Glacier in the background can be seen ‘spilling’ past the hotel.

Right along the very trafficked pass to a world wide landmark. It has stood a test of time having been here for over 135 years. The hotel itself was slowly decaying and not renovated for some time leading to its downfall. The stairs seemed to have gaps. It was outdated in case of an emergency having no ‘good’ exit routes in case of an accident. Showers and toilets were shared in the facility. Some even stated the mattresses were filled with horse hair they were so old.

The building has shifted on its foundation due to the receding glacier.

Iconic and Abandoned Hotel Belvedere of Furka Pass
Route De La Furka. Hotel Pension Belvedere / Hotel Glacier Du Rhone Gletsch

Finally, this hotel closed its doors in 2015. Re-opening may be possible but it seems as that the decline in tourist to the shrinking Rhone Glacier has put a strain on the very old hotel. A monument of times passed.

Iconic and Abandoned Hotel Belvedere of Furka Pass
This image was taken in 2016.

There is hope that maybe it will become potentially a museum or some other treasure. The nostalgia behind this hotel leave many wondering what fate lies in its future.

Where is the Hotel Belvedere located? You can find it with these coordinates. 46.576611, 8.388424.

Iconic and Abandoned Hotel Belvedere of Furka Pass
Aerial view of the hotel and Rhone Glacier.

Image 1 by ilirjan rrumbullaku/flickr. Licensed under CC. Image 2 by John Weiss/Flickr. Licensed under CC. Image 4 by Carsten Frenzl/Flickr. Licensed under CC.

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