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Monuments · Scenic Drive · Landmarks
Altdorf is a historic and statistical town and a municipality in the Swiss canton of Uri. It is also the capital of Uri.The municipality covers an area of and is located just about south of the mouth of the Reuss, which flows into the Lake Lucerne, here called the Urnersee. The town Altdorf lies at an altitude of 458m above sea level on the right, eastern bank of the Reuss, a flat, alluvial land of up to diameter between otherwise steep and high Alpine mountains of around elevation, but the municipality also covers the Alpine pasture landscape of Eggbergen about above Altdorf.It is also the junction towards to the two passes Saint Gotthard to the south, a major north-south axis through the Alps, and the Klausen Pass to the east. Altdorf sits on the Gotthard line and is the last railway station before the entrance into the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest railway tunnel.The official language of Altdorf is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.
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