Brig - FURTHER INFORMATION
Brig - Brig visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Brig' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Valais.
Brig (Birg-Glis) is a small, picturesque town on the northern slope of the Simplon Pass in the Valais Canton of Switzerland. The village grew up along the banks of the Saltine river, not far from the Rhone, and owes it's prosperity to it's proximity to the Simplon Pass. Many of the prominent buildings within Brig date from the 17th Century and were built by baron Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper.
Brig is a major road and rail connection hub for links between parts of Switzerland and Italy. From here routes run southeast through the Simplon tunnel and pass into Italy; southwest to Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn; west to Lake Geneva; north through the Lötschbergtunnel towards Bern; and northeast to various high Alpine passes.
In the winter months, Brig is very popular with skiers and snow boarders, being close to some excellent skiing resorts like Saas Fee and Saas Grund. There are also eleven lifts around the Hohstock (3100m) and 60 kilometres of pistes on the Belalp above Blatten. Also nearby are skiing options in Aletsch are and Gom.
During the summer months the mountain and hills around Brig are marked with over 150km of hiking and walking trails, which are sometimes also used by mountain bikers. The scenery is stunning almost any time of the year, and the hotels generally reasonably priced.
Brig - AttractionsSome of the top tourist attractions in and around Brig include:
- Stockalper Palace - baroque place built by the merchant prince Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper in the 17th century. Stockapler made money trading in salt, silk and other goods along the mule track he built through the Simplon Pass.
- Brig Old Town - full of winding lanes, old buildings and aristocratic houses, the Old Town also contains Sebastian's Chapel.
- Sebastianplatz - great for shopping and eating out, this square also contains a monument to Jorge Chávez who died after crash-landing on the first successful flight over the Alps from here into Italy.
- Brig Baths - 6km from Brig this is one of the largest open-air thermal baths in Switzerland, complete with water chute and Olympic sized pools.
- Simplon Pass - take the 35km Stockalper road from Brig to Gondon, which is part of the 'Simplon Ecomuseum' that covers the history of the Pass from Stockalper to Napoleon.
- Aletsch Glacier - this is the longest glacier in Europe and part of the Jungfrau - Aletsch - Bietschhorn UNESCO world natural heritage site.
- Lötschberg Trail - open in the summer, this mountain trail follows the southern slopes of the a Lötschberg railway line and is famous for stunning panoramic views.
Brig Belalp Tourismus
3900 Brig, Schweiz
Phone: +41 (0)27 921 60 30
Fax: +41 (0)27 921 60 31
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Train: Direct trains from Geneva, Sion, Martigny, Montreux, Vevey, Lausanne, Geneva Airport.
Flight: Geneva Airport
Car: Brig is 210km east of Geneva (E62, 9 roads) and 35km north of the Saas-Fee skiing resort.