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Mit dem Fahrrad über den Simplonpass

Cycling · Wallis
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  • Gantertal Fahrad Velo
    / Gantertal Fahrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gantertal Fahrrad Velo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalper's Castle
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Photo spot at the Stockalper Palace
    Photo: Brig-Simplon Tourismus, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Ganterbrücke
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Ganterbrücke im Gantertal
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Alte Ganterbrücke
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Alte Ganterbrücke
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Ganterwald
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Steinadler Simplonpass
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Ecomuseum Simplon Dorf
    Photo: Paebi (Own work), CC BY-SA, via Wikimedia Commons
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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
42.3 km
4:00 h
1334 m
1152 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.

More information

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.

Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2006 m
Lowest point
672 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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Rest Stop

Ecomuseum Simplon
Stockalperturm
Ganterwald

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.

Equipment

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

Tips, hints and links

 www.brig-simplon.ch

www.simplon.ch

Start

Brig, train station (671 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.318888, 7.988196
UTM
32T 422105 5129976

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.

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.
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.


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
42.3 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
1334 m
Descent
1152 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value

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