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By bike over the Simplon Pass

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  • Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
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    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalper's Castle
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  • / Gantertal Fahrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Steinadler Simplonpass
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  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Photo spot at the Stockalper Palace
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  • / Ganterbrücke
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  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Ganterbrücke im Gantertal
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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The Simplon Pass connects the canton of Valais with Domodossola in Italy. The pass is the starting point for many activities and is praised as one of the most beautiful Alpine crossings.
difficult
Distance 42.3 km
4:00 h
1,334 m
1,152 m

For a long time, the Simplon was mainly used by smugglers and mercenaries, because the narrow gorges of the Gondo seemed insurmountable, even for the master builders of the Roman period. It was not until the middle of the 17th century that brigade merchant Kaspar Stockalper began to use the Simplon Pass to transport salt from the Mediterranean Sea on pack animals. Under the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, the road to the pass "to pass the cannons" was extended.

Today, Simplon is considered the best built pass in Switzerland. Although the Simplon Road is a national road, the pass can be crossed by bike. Especially on the north side, you can drive for a long time on the old Napoleon road and therefore away from heavy traffic.

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Author’s recommendation

Follow the route suggested here, so that you can enjoy the trip as far away as possible from the large volume of traffic.
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Author
Silvio Burgener 
Update: July 30, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,006 m
Lowest point
672 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Stockalperturm
Ganterwald
Schutzhaus Napoleon
Rest. Simplon va hie
Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone
Hotel Rest. Grina
Hotel Restaurant Fletschhorn

Safety information

Respect the rules of Swiss road traffic. You are driving on this route at your own risk and any liability is declined. Respect the fauna and flora in your area. For your safety, we recommend that you wear a bicycle helmet.

Tips and hints

 www.brig-simplon.ch

www.simplon.ch

Start

Brig, train station (671 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'642'327E 1'129'869N
DD
46.318888, 7.988196
DMS
46°19'08.0"N 7°59'17.5"E
UTM
32T 422105 5129976
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Destination

Gondo, Dorf

Turn-by-turn directions

From the train station in Brig you drive via Spital to the Saltina bridge. Before the Saltina bridge, turn right and follow Neue Simplonstrasse. After about two kilometres, stay in the right lane to reach Lingwurmstrasse.

On Lingwurmstrasse, continue straight on for two kilometres along Gewerbestrasse and return to Alte Simplonstrasse. At the signpost leading to Termen, Simplon (Neue Simplonstrasse), continue straight ahead to stay on Alte Simplonstrasse.

You continue to cycle straight on, past the Rosswald valley station, until you reach a turn-off to Rosswald.

A few metres after this junction, a path leads up to the left to avoid the busy Simplonstrasse

.The road sometimes leads over the Simplonstrasse and sometimes you drive under it. You don't cross the Grosse Ganterbrücke. Continue down into the valley until you reach the old Ganterbrücke bridge. After a short ascent you reach the main road and you now drive on the Neues Simplonstrasse up to the Simplon Pass.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Brig is easily accessible by train or bus.

Getting there

You can take the train to Brig station. This is where the tour starts.

Parking

Car parks are also available in Brig.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'642'327E 1'129'869N
DD
46.318888, 7.988196
DMS
46°19'08.0"N 7°59'17.5"E
UTM
32T 422105 5129976
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Brochure: Velo Karte

Author’s map recommendations

Road and cycle maps are available at the Simplon Dorf and Brig tourist offices.

Equipment

Our recommendation: Technically perfect bicycle, helmet, gloves and bell, suitable clothing depending on the weather (always with: rain protection), drink and food.

Questions and answers

Question from Cecilia Rocha Mendes · April 22, 2020 · Community
Ci sono molte gallerie? Si puo fare tranquillamente in bici da strada?
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Answered by Silvio Burgener  · April 23, 2020 · Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
Prima del Passo del Sempione ci sono gallerie su tutti e due i fronti. Sul lato sud è possibile utilizzare le strade laterali. Sul lato nord dal Ganterbrücke è possibile utilizzare anche le strade laterali. Cordiali saluti

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
42.3 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
1,334 m
Descent
1,152 m
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