Alte Simplonstrasse is a street located in the historic city center of Brig in the canton Wallis in Switzerland, Europe.
Alte Simplonstrasse - Brig visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Alte Simplonstrasse' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Valais.
Brig, officially Brig-Glis (French: Brigue-Glis) is a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Wallis (French: Valais) in Switzerland. It is a picturesque small town situated at the foot of the northern slope of the Simplon Pass, close to the Swiss-Italian borders.
Its situation makes it an ideal starting point for excursions. It is close to hiking and ski regions on the Lötschberg and Simplon, and in the Aletsch. It also has its own thermal baths. Being surrounded by many Alp summits, Brig is popular among winter sport athletes. Due to the high altitude, the temperatures in winter often remain below zero, resulting in frost. During the summer season, heat can be intense.
Brig-Glis has an area of 38 square kilometers and a population of approximately 13,000, 14.1% of which are resident foreign nationals. The majority of residents speak German as their first language, Italian is the second most common and French is the third. The language used in every day transactions is a German dialect unique to this particular canton.
The name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." The prosperity of the area is bound up with the Simplon Pass, one of the most beautiful alpine passes, which starts immediately beyond the city gates. Napoleon built a road through the Simplon Pass in the 19th century (1807) to move his armies, thus creating the first man-made road in the Alps. This carriage way, and the tunnel beneath the pass (1906), greatly increased the importance and size of the town.
Brig - Sites and Attractions
- Stockalper Palace is one of the most important baroque palaces in Switzerland. It was built by the merchant prince Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper. He made his fortune by trading in salt, silk and other goods through the Simplon Pass.
- The old town of Brig is full of historic delights: aristocratic houses, a pilgrimage and collegiate church and Sebastians Chapel.
- Bahnhofstrasse is great for shopping.
- Brig Baths lies just 6km outisde of Brig. It is one of the biggest open-air thermal spa centres in Switzerland,. It has a spa grotto swimming pool, 182m water chute, fresh water and Olympic pools.
- The Simplon Pass is a must see. The 35-km-long Stockalper road from Brig to Gondo is the backbone of the 'Simplon Ecomuseum', dedicated to the history of the Pass from the time of Stockalper to Napoleon.
- Aletsch Glacier is the longest glacier in Europe and part of the Jungfrau - Aletsch - Bietschhorn UNESCO world natural heritage site.
- Lötschberg south slope: a mountain walk along the dry, hot, step-like southern slope of the Lötschberg railway line: a walk famous for its panoramic views.
- In January every year there's the “Belalp Derby”, a 12-km 'descent of the witches' doesn the mountain - 1000 participants, male and female, descend the mountain dressed as witches.
- In August, there's the annual traditional sheep festival complete with yodling competition and sheep-shearing. Held on the Aletsch side of the Belalp.
- Near to Brig, Blatten above Naters is a loverly authentic Valais village. From here, a cable railway ascends the Belalp. Its attractions include the Massa Trail and Gorge, the Aletsch climbing path across the reservoir and 'suonen walks' along the historic Valais irrigation channels.
Brig Belalp Tourismus
3900 Brig, Schweiz
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