Opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel

Press release, 20.04.2016

On 1 June 2016, 17 years after the first blast in the main shaft, the world’s longest railway tunnel will officially open.

AlpTransit Gotthard AG

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Switzerland will invite guests of honour from Switzerland and abroad to the opening event and welcome the entire population for an unforgettable public festival. On Wednesday, 1 June, an opening ceremony befitting the grand scale of the project will present Swiss values such as innovation, precision and reliability to the world. During the following weekend on 4 and 5 June 2016, the anticipated 50,000 to 100,000 visitors will be offered a unique programme at the festival sites on either end of the 57-kilometre tunnel. 

The highlights of the festival: tunnel rides with the Gotthard shuttle train at up to 200 km/h, presentations by Swiss artists and an interactive multimedia exhibition on the Gotthard.

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