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.
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.
Follow the route suggested here, so that you can enjoy the trip as far away as possible from the large volume of traffic.
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.
Our recommendation: Technically perfect bicycle, helmet, gloves and bell, suitable clothing depending on the weather (always with: rain protection), drink and food.