What was once a vast glacier, the Gemsstock Glacier is now a small, thin sheet of ice. The Gemsstock Glacier is now diminishing faster than ever. The glacier has sunk approximately 30 metres in the past 20 years. Most likely due to global warming.
Located on the Oberalpstrasse, just on the border of Andermatt, the Alpina Hotel has had a difficult history, and has recently had a fire. The damages that the fire has caused has meant that the hotel is having to be completely refurbished.