Intact Nature Area

One of "Switzerland's last remaining intact nature areas"!

In 2013, the renowned Swiss consumers magazine "Beobachter" listed the Simplon Region as one of Switzerland last remaining intact natural areas - along with prominent places like the Unesco World Heritage Site Jungfrau-Aletsch-Simplon or the Swiss National Park (the authors specifically mentioned the two valleys Zwischbergental and Laggintal).

"A11 Simplon/Zwischbergental/Nanztal
Rund um den Simplon laden mehrere wenig bevölkerte, wilde Täler und Alpschaften zu ausgedehnten Wanderungen ein. Besonders artenreich und wild sind das Zwischbergental und das Laggintal an der Simplon-Südseite.
Übernachtet werden kann zum Beispiel in SAC-Hütten oder in Simplon-Dorf."

SRF bi de Lüt - Wunderland

Im Sommer 2014 war das Schweizer Fernsehen zu Besuch in der Simplon Region. "Viel mehr als nur ein Alpenpass" sei der Simplon, resümiert das SRF. "Wer anstatt über den Pass lieber durch den Simplontunnel fährt, verpasst einiges. Abseits der Passstrasse gibt es atemberaubende Bergkulissen und unberührte Landschaften zu entdecken."
Die Sendung in voller Länge hier:

Quelle: SRF

Wandern in unberührten Talschaften...

Entdecken Sie die Region um den Simplon im Sommer und im Herbst auf einer ausgedehnten Wanderung. Das Hochgebirge am Simplonpass, die bewaldeten Täler und die romantischen Dörfer sind durch unzählige gut unterhaltene Wanderwege erschlossen. Es gibt Touren von verschiedensten Schwierigkeitsgraden, so dass für jeden etwas dabei ist.

City Walking recommended route

Stadtrundgang Sehenswürdigkeiten Brig

City Walking · Valais · open
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  • Stockalperschloss in Brig
    / Stockalperschloss in Brig
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Altstadt Brig
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  • / Altstadt Brig
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalperschloss in Brig
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Goudron
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  • / Castle of Stockalper in Brig
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  • / Geisplatzji
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Goudron
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Kollegiumskirche
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalperschloss
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
m 800 750 700 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Klosterbogen des Klosters St. Ursula Stockalperschloss Brig, Stadtplatz Kollegiumskirche Altes Stockalperhaus Sebastianskapelle Brig Brig, Bahnhof
The alpine town of Brig with its Stockalpergarten and garden terraces invites you to linger. Take a walk through the town and search for traces of the medieval town.
Distance 2.2 km
0:40 h
39 m
39 m

Kaspar Stockalper was at his time, the 17th century, the "most ingenious" early capitalist far and wide. The Stockalper Palace in Brig testifies to his wealth. Besides the baroque castle there is much more to discover in Brig. Treat yourself to a glimpse behind the scenes of this medieval Alpine town with its Italian flair. In the route description you will find exciting information about Brig.


Guided city tours
Would you like to learn more about the city of Brig? Here you can find our city tours.


Guided tour through the Stockalper Castle
From May to October Tues-Sun offers 5 public guided tours daily through the Stockalper Castle, in winter the tour takes place on Tuesdays at 14.30 from the Schlosshof.

Author’s recommendation

After the city tour you can enjoy the wonderful atmosphere in one of the numerous restaurants.
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Update: September 15, 2021
Highest point
711 m
Lowest point
672 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Please pay attention to pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, etc.

Tips and hints



Brig, train station (671 m)
2'642'331E 1'129'866N
46.318862, 7.988235
46°19'07.9"N 7°59'17.6"E
32T 422108 5129973


Brig, train station

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour through Brig starts at the train station in Brig. It was built in 1905 by the Simplon Railway. As soon as you cross the pedestrian crossing, you will see the eclectic hotel building towering up in front of you. This is the Hotel Victoria, built in 1910. As you stroll up Bahnhofstrasse, you should keep looking up so you don't miss the various mansard roofs and cylindrical corner towers of the buildings.

Historical buildings surround the square: the Alte Post, the Perrighaus with its decorative towers, the Kleine Perrighaus and the chapel, which, like the square, is named after Saint Sebastian. From here you pass the Hotel du Pont, the Goudron monument and cross the Saltina bridge. This is the first lift bridge that can be lifted by the flood itself! Here is also the place where the river Saltina overflowed in 1993 and let Brig sink up to 3 meters into water and mud. The Saltina separates Brig and Glis.

Walk along the Upper Saltina Dam and return to Brig after 5 minutes across the river. From Spittelweg via Kirchgasse you get from Neue Simplonstrasse to Alte Simplonstrasse. Cross the Alte Simplonstrasse and climb the stairs to the Kollegiumskirche. Here you can enjoy a wonderful view over the old town. Via Termerweg you return to the castle (Alte Simplonstrasse).

Here you stroll down through the castle, which is lined on both sides by historical buildings. Stop at the famous Stockalper Castle and explore the inner courtyard. We recommend a picnic in the castle garden, which was rebuilt in 2002 to look like the original castle garden.

Further down in the castle, you will reach the relatively new parish church. Next door is the Angleterre, an inn built in 1839, with a beautiful sign on which the coat of arms of the English royal family Windsor can also be seen. To the left of the church, take the shortcut via Sebastiansgasse. You reach the Geissplätzli at the Brutschehaus and return to the station via Belalpstrasse.


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Public transport


Brig is easily reached by train. The post buses stop directly at the railway station.

Getting there

By train, post bus or private vehicle to Brig railway station.


There are multi-storey car parks in the old town and near the railway station.


2'642'331E 1'129'866N
46.318862, 7.988235
46°19'07.9"N 7°59'17.6"E
32T 422108 5129973
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

City maps, books and maps are available at the tourist office.

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available at the tourist office.


Clothes and footwear adapted to the weather are indispensable.

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2.2 km
0:40 h
39 m
39 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest


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