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Address: Brig 3900, Switzerland
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+41 27 979 10 10
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
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The Simplon Pass (French: Col du Simplon; German: Simplonpass; Italian:...

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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Beautiful Road Trip Experience

Traveling through the Simplon pass on the way to Italy or coming from Italy to Switzerland is a great road trip experience. This could be one reason why we say groups of... read more

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Traveling through the Simplon pass on the way to Italy or coming from Italy to Switzerland is a great road trip experience. This could be one reason why we say groups of travelers driving Ferraris and Porches through the pass. Our journey started from Brig on the way to Italy with a view of the famous bridge span. There is... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting Isola Bella in Italy, our tour group returned to Switzerland via the stunning Simplon Pass. It is approximately 40 miles of unparalleled beauty, and runs from the Italian town of Domodossoia to Brig. It is also one of the most important routes between Switzerland and Italy, and between western and southern Europe. Napoleon recognized the strategic importance of... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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Reviewed April 2, 2017

My first adventure traveling with long distance european international train connections and transportation took place many years ago. I was going from France into Northern Italy long before the modern improvements for safety and rail travel had been made there. I chose to get on the train in Paris and travel to Milan. I knew about traveling through Switzerland and... More 

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Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

Today I traveled over the pass. I was traveling from Milan Italy to Brig, Switzerland. It was snowing heavily and quickly became white out conditions with gusting winds. We could not see in front of us. The roads were not plowed. This was a terrifying experience!

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BrigSimplonTourismus, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Simplon Pass, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. Yes, the pass can be rough. Since the altitude is about 2000 metres above sea level there are a few days during winter where the weather is unfortunate. Simplonpass is one of few passes that can be used the whole yeare, which makes us very proud. We hope you will visit us again,... More 

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Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

We went here with a group for an avalanche course. Great region for ski touring and hiking. No ski lifts, just nature and mountains.

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed November 23, 2016

Beautiful drive from Brig Switzerland to Domodossola Italy. About 40 miles long. Stunning views. Two gas stations before you cross into Italy where you can dump the last of your Swiss francs. Drive this during daylight hours cause there probably isn't much to see at night.

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

Having left it too late to book the train we drove the Simplon Pass on a glorious Tuesday morning in late September and were so glad we did. Risijng fairly gently on the Italian side from Domodossala, weather permitting you get some stunning views of snow capped glaciated Alpine peaks.Occasional lorries present no problems as the up track is largely... More 

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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Reviewed October 12, 2016

We drive this pass from Switzerland to Italy in the dark. Read about the pass in the journey, and decided to stop at the pass in our next drive back. We stopped at Simplon Hospiz, and made a really short walk to the Rotelsee lake. The views are stunning, the water in the lake is crystal clean - it as... More 

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

One of the old gateways connecting South of Europe to the North. Very nice landscapes and a lot of history. Stop in Brig and Domodossola to learn about the Stockalper road. Simplon Dorf, Gondo and Wasenalp are also interesting spots.

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Reviewed August 26, 2016

OK - so we were supposed to drive the Furka Pass from Zermatt to Meningen, Switzerland. However, the Furka Pass was not yet open by mere days - it opens on June 1, apparently. Well - I take out my handy dandy atlas and re-navigate us - only lost about 15 minutes before finding out we had to make a... More 

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