Furka Pass, 3999 Obergoms, Switzerland
Photo courtesy of SWISS-IMAGE.CH / Markus Buehler
Following the Twists and Turns of GoldfingerLeave it to James Bond to imprint his image (and his Aston Martin) on one of the most memorable hairpin-turn scenic drives in the world. Sean Connery's pursuit of Bond baddie Goldfinger in the film of the same name took place on the Furka Pass. You can follow this iconic drive (only in the summer, please) around the same turns passing through grassy mountainsides and in the shadow of ice-covered peaks in the distance by starting at Obervald and driving to Andermatt. The drive will take about an hour and you can stop at the Aurora Hotel which was (until recently) the site of the gas station that was the backdrop for a memorable moment in Bond's erstwhile connection with Bond girl (of the moment) Tilly Masterson. Every July BMW superbike rally drivers come here for the Alpine Rally but the road is regularly ruled by Bond's followers who can't seem to get enough of this magnificent ride—great on its own but even better after watching Bond!
AFAR Local Expert
about 7 years ago
Wind Your Way Along the Furka Pass
The Furka Pass is the fourth highest in Switzerland and links the cantons of Uri and Valais. Its well-preserved winding roads coupled with stunning mountainous views make it a driver’s paradise. Various pull-over spots are situated along the pass for those wishing to capture the view on film, while there are also numerous places to stop for lunch. Beware of a couple of hairpin corners which get the heart rate going as you teeter of the edge. Due to its popularity there are often various modes of transport on the pass, especially on a sunny day when the views are at their best. Those looking to get that premium drive experience could hire an Aston Martin to recreate the James Bond scene from Goldfinger, which was shot here in the 1960s.