Simplon Pass Route
Take a trip on the Simplon Pass Route, trace the footsteps of Napoleon, and experience an unforgettable journey from the Alpine city of Brig via the Simplon Pass to the small Italian town of Domodossola.
The Simplon Pass Route, departing from Brig, takes you to the Italian town of Domodossola via the Simplon Pass. (You require an identity card or passport to cross the border).
Already, centuries ago, Napoleon and Stockalper were aware of the significance of Alpine crossings, and thus began with the construction of such. Visit the Old Town of Brig and the imposing Stockalper Castle, and if you don’t want to walk it, the little « Simplon Express» train will take you round the sights.
On the way to the Simplon Pass, stunning, sweeping views open up over the sunny Belalp, Riederalp, Rosswald and Bettmeralp terraces. And there’s plenty to discover at the Rothwald snow-shoe paradise as well. (PostBus stop Rothwald, Post). Numerous hiking possibilities attract guests to the Simplon Pass region –and make sure you catch a glimpse of the stone eagle! (PostBus stop Simplon, Monte Leone).
Here at the heart of the Swiss Alps you find optimal conditions for snowkiting. And directly on the Simplon Pass, a large plain by the Hotel Monte Leone is particularly suited to beginners – although the Simplon Pass holds plenty in store for advanced kite enthusiasts as well. Valley descents, snow-drifting and diverse high plateaus.
In the Simplon Village ecomuseum you also get an idea of what life was like on the pass years ago (PostBus stop Simplon Dorf, Post). A hike along the renowned ViaStockalper path from Brig to Domodossola is yet another attraction; and Napoleon supposedly spent the night in the history-steeped Gabi guest house (PostBus stop Gabi, Simplon).
Passing the Gondo ravine, in the border village Gondo, you then discover the region’s historic hotel – a reconstruction of the Stockalper tower and old gold mine. Here you can try your luck at gold washing! (PostBus stop Gondo, Post). Last stop on the line is Domodossola. And the small Italian town, with story-tale street corners and numerous sights, such as the Chavez-Museum or Sacro Monte Calvario and pilgrims’ path are just one or two of the popular sights that make this enchanting place more than worth a visit!
Hiking Package ViaStockalper
Between early June and mid-October, enjoy three interesting and memorable days to hike the 33 km cultural long-distance hiking trail across the Simplon Pass.
- If you buy a Stockalper ticket, we grant you a discount of 20% on the postbus ride (round trip).
- Admission to the Ecomuseum Simplon-Dorf
The Junior/Grandchild travel card is valid for PostBus services.
Reservations are also requested in order to allow for a train connection from Iselle. Tel. +41 (0)58 386 69 00.
Route open all year
Travel-date details/validity: view timetable/timetable information
PostBus Switzerland Ltd
P.O. Box 560
|Telephone:||+41 (0)58 386 99 10|
Bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle.
You can find more information at Biking and Postbus.
Transport capacity for max. 6 bicycles. Reservations are a must! Tel. +41 (0)58 386 69 00
Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed
Not all lines are wheelchair accessible. Information available through Tel. +41 (0)58 386 69 00
Discover the Simplon Pass region on foot
Sacro Monte Calvario: a small Alpine jewel
On the Sacred Mountain Domodossola, and sanctuary on the Mattarella Hill overlooking Domodossola, nature, faith, history and art harmoniously merge. The crucifix path, followed through the ages by pilgrims, winds its way up to the chapel– and the sacred Sacro Monte Calvario site naturally shares a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Ente di Gestione della Riserva Naturale Speciale
Sacro Monte Calvario di Domodossola
Small Simplon Express
On board the touristic train of Sion, you can discover the historic center, the Domaine des Iles and Montorge. On request, and all year round, there are extra tours for weddings, company outings, or other events.
PostBus Switzerland Ltd
P.O. Box 560
|Tel.:||+41 (0)58 386 99 10|
Stockalper Castle: an empty palace
The castle was built in the 17th century by Kaspar Stockalper, and represents Switzerland’s largest private construction of the times. Thanks to his knowledge in trade, Stockalper was richer and more powerful than other noble gentry. Today, the castle is uninhabited and visitors enjoy guided tours.
P.O. Box 688
|Tel.:||+41 (0)27 921 60 30|
|Internet:||www.brig-belalp.ch (in german)|
Museum Stockalper Castle
Alte Simplonstrasse 28
|Tel.:||+41 (0)79 412 27 77|
ViaStockalper: a piece of pass history
With the extension of the trade path over the Simplon Pass, Kaspar Stockalper established an excellent basis for his trade imperium. Trace back history on the ViaStockalper path that leads from Brig to Domodossola. Here, at times, you find yourself treading on the old, original plastering of the notorious Alps pass crossing.