Simplon Pass

Simplon Pass, Brig: Hours, Address, Simplon Pass Reviews: 4.5/5

Simplon Pass
4.5
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12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
The Simplon Pass (French: Col du Simplon; German: Simplonpass; Italian: Passo del Sempione) (2,005 m or 6,578 ft) is a high mountain pass between the Pennine Alps and the Lepontine Alps in Switzerland. It connects Brig in the canton of Valais with Domodossola in Piedmont (Italy). The pass itself and the villages on each side of it, such as Gondo, are in Switzerland. The Simplon Tunnel was built beneath the vicinity of the pass in the early 20th century to carry rail traffic between the two countries. The lowest point of the col, and the lowest point on the watershed between the basins of the Rhone and the Po in Switzerland lies in marshland about 500 m (1,640 ft) west of the Simplon Pass settlement at an altitude of 1,994 m or 6,542 ft.[2] Rotelsee is a lake located near the pass at an elevation of 2,028 m (6,654 ft).
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terrygparrott
Farnborough, UK243 contributions
A lovely drive with fantastic view. Lots of restaurants for food at the top
Jun 2020
A lovely drive with a fantastic view. Lots of restaurants for food at the top. Lots of places to park.
Written 22 June 2020
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Peter S
Henley-on-Thames, UK17 contributions
Big drive
Oct 2019
Without wishing to detract from the magnificent views or very well maintained road, a cautionary note for those who experience vertigo as it makes it difficult to enjoy the spectacular views. Too much focused concentration. We drove Swiss/Italy twice and were most impressed by the road construction. Better than many uk main roads!
Written 5 October 2019
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Fran R
Zurich, Switzerland372 contributions
great to hike up - and great to hike around up there
Sep 2019
the hike up from Brig to the pass takes 4 (to 5) hours depending on one's physical condition.
it is a "classic" in hiking. Beautiful, NOT along the road. :-)

and more hiking when up there is waiting for you. beautiful setting.
Written 29 September 2019
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Thank you very much Fran R. We are very happy that you liked our historic Stockalper trail.
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timonoff
Tampere, Finland18 contributions
Overevaluated place
Jul 2019 • Couples
30 minute bis trip 14.40 CHF there and same amount back. One statue made of rocks. Not any great views. We took next bus back. Someone likes for sure but not me.
Written 26 July 2019
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We are sorry that you didn't like the landscapes, lakes and hikes on the Simplon.
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Jan B
Perth, Australia191 contributions
Travelling by train over the alps.
May 2019 • Couples
This review about the Glacier Express, this train journey takes you through some of the most beautiful areas. We had really good seats in a 4 person bay with only 2 of us. The meal wasn't really special and we found the salad, which had been substituted for soup, mediocre and a disappointment. Service was excellent, but concentrated on supplying drinks etc. which were of course an extra cost. Don't miss the journey but maybe the meal could be forgone.
Written 30 June 2019
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Thank you for your review. This entry is about the Simplonpass but we also like the Glacier Express ;)
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erikdefotograaf
Zeewolde, The Netherlands420 contributions
To me this is not a pass but a mountain highway
Jun 2019 • Couples
If your looking for an exciting mountainpass, forget the Simplon its just a wide stretsch of mountainroad. Over crowded with caravanpulers, camperaddacit and HUGH trucks, if your unlucky like we where.

Okay. some nice views
Written 6 June 2019
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Thank you for you rating erikdefotograaf
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PF137
Italy116 contributions
Beautiful in every seasons
Apr 2019 • Couples
You drive up to 2005 meters and the road is very good. It is very nice in summer when you have a beautiful view and the opportunity to do many walks and trekking activity.
You can enjoy the view of Monte Leone (3553 meters high), that is particularly fascinating in winter with the snow
The snow is the protagonist in the winter season, when walls high even two meters are delimitating the road.
The pass is open all the year.
If you come from Italy, you go through the Gole di Gondo, gorges where the road and the river only have space.
In 15 minutes you reach Simplon Dorf, a very small village where you can taste the mountain swiss cusine, such as the raclette, röstli, and dry meat.
From there you ger the pass in 10 minutes and then in half an hour you arrive to Brig
Written 1 May 2019
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Thank you very much for the rating. We are glad you liked it here and hope to have you back in the future ;)
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travellingsloths
Seattle, WA310 contributions
Epic place to skin
Apr 2019 • Couples
Be prepared for some serious weather! We attempted the breithorn in the winter and turned around at the glacier due in part to gusty wind and slow pace. We also had gotten report of avalanche activity in 20 degree slope by some skiers ahead of us. The views were partial due to lots of cloud coverage but amazing haute montagne feeling as always.
Written 14 April 2019
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Thank you very much for the 5* rating. We are glad you liked it on the Simplonpass. Always be careful out there!
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Diyana Amira
24 contributions
Amazing!
Aug 2018
Perfect view, perfect tracking, breath taking journey. I would definitely suggest you to go during spring or summer.
Brought my parents along too, they are okay with the track.
Written 18 March 2019
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Thank you so much for the 5* rating. We are glad you liked it!
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SabreSailor
New York423 contributions
Longest Pass We Experienced
Sep 2018 • Couples
This was the longest of the four passes we drove in Italy/Switzerland. We used this pass in driving from Orta San Giulio in Italy to Zermatt in Switzerland. Road was very good, no scary or tough switchbacks (although there were a LOT of them), and some good places to pull off for photography as well. We encountered a few convoys of the Swiss Army (didn't ask to see their knives!), and one warned us of some live artillery testing going on off some of the smaller roads - so we stuck to the main road to Brig and then on to Zermatt.

This is a lovely pass and well worth the drive!
Written 22 October 2018
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Thank you very much SabreSailor!
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