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Valais Cycling Tour: Oberwald - Brig (stage 4)

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From the village of Oberwald to the charming town of Brig, this gentle downhill fourth stage of the Valais Cycling Tour is perfect after having climbed one of the mythic Alpine passes of the region (Nufenen, Grimsel or Furka).
difficult
45.5 km
3:00 h
382 m
1061 m
This stage is the least difficult of the Valais Cycling Tour: most of the route is downhill. Starting from Goms, you will discover the unique atmosphere of the Haut Valais villages scattered along the roadside. The route leads to Brig along the young and vibrant Rhone river, born just a few kilometres upstream at the Furka glacier.

Author’s recommendation

Take the time to stop in Fiesch to take the two gondolas toward Fiescheralp and the Eggishorn (2,934m). Here you will see the mighty Aletsch glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Münster, 1396 m
Lowest point
Brig, 669 m
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Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

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Start

Oberwald, Furkastrasse 10 (1366 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.530955, 8.342702
DMS
46°31'51.4"N 8°20'33.7"E
UTM
32T 449592 5153252
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Destination

Brig, Bahnofstrasse 1

Turn-by-turn directions

This stage from Goms Valley to the town of Brig is certainly worth the trip. You could encounter some emblematic animals of the Valais, like the Valais Blacknosed sheep, or the Valais Blackneck goats. Another highlight: the route passes through the village of Mund, famous for its cultivation of saffron. Finally, the Stockalper Palace in Brig will impress you with its history, architecture, and baroque garden. This gentle stage is full of surprises!

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

CFF train to Brig, then MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) train or bus to Oberwald.

Getting there

From Brig, follow route 19 "Furkastrasse" for 40km until Oberwald.

Parking

This tour is one stage of the Valais Cycling tour where the finish is not at the same place as the starting point. Therefore, we recommend arriving by public transport. Otherwise there are parkings at the train station in Brig, follow the local park routeing to access them. 

Coordinates

DD
46.530955, 8.342702
DMS
46°31'51.4"N 8°20'33.7"E
UTM
32T 449592 5153252
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Swiss Activity Map: National map with SwitzerlandMobility routes to scale 1:275'000

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
45.5 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
382 m
Descent
1061 m
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