The Hotel Belvedere was built in 1882, in the centre of a hairpin bend on the beautiful Furka Pass that was created in 1867. The hotel is situated close to 8.000 feet, or 2.500 metres above sea level.
In 1907, the hotel had 90 beds.
The hotel had a rough time in the end of the 1900’s, and when a new tunnel was built in 2000, that cut of the majority of the passing traffic, the hotel was forced to close. Now only people who want to drive the iconic Furka Pass, or visit the sites along the road drive past the hotel, unfortunately not enough to pay the running cost of the hotel.
Sean Connery Sean Connery should have visited the hotel several times, also before the recording of the James Bond film, Goldfinger.
Pope John XXIII The pope was a frequent visitor,
In the movies
Goldfinger (1964) The Hotel Belvedere was used as a location for the third James Bond movie, Goldfinger with Sean Connery.
How to visit
The Belvedere is closed off, but there is an open parking lot just opposite the hotel, so you can stretch your legs and take a look from the outside.