Simplon Pass
Simplon Pass
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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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Michael S
Liverpool, UK2 contributions
Friends
Absolutely brilliant, what a road! Scenery is stunning, road itself is excellent, We had great weather, so it was even better. It's an absolute must, if you are planning to go between Italy and Switzerland. Plenty of viewing area's to take in all the beauty around you.
Written July 5, 2022
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midway42
Georgia2,975 contributions
Without question this was my most memorable experience on my trip to Switzerland and Northern Italy. A good portion of that is probably due to the fact it was an entirely unknown experience to drive through here on my way to Lake Maggiore and I wasn't expecting anything special. Swiss engineering at its finest. If you make time for this you will not be disappointed.
Written October 19, 2008
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jg3arrow
Nice, France1,397 contributions
This is one of the few ways to drive between Italy & Switzerland or France & Italy or Switzerland, or Austria. And it is about the only "free" way. The road crosses between Switzerland's Rhone Valley/Valais region into Italy above Lake Maggiore, north of Milan (& Turin). It is a good road & open a good portion of the year. When it isn't an option, the auto train is. A good value at around $20 US, it cuts a lotta miles & aggravation out of the trip between Brig & Domossodola. Try both ways. Each is pretty cool.
Written October 2, 2012
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onlyGeorgeVwilldo
Geneva109 contributions
The pass is beautiful ride, the tunnel is 20km of darkness on a train. You can also load your car on the train if you don't feel like driving, but you'll miss a famous drive trough the Alps.
Written January 19, 2012
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minkusmum
Montreux, Switzerland88 contributions
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It snowed heavily two days before we were due to drive over the pass, so we decided not to risk our summer tyres (in Switzerland inappropriate tyres can invalidate your insurance) and opted for the car train instead. For 22Chf per car you too can experience a cross between a traffic jam and a ghost train ride. The cars are loaded one behind the other, just like on the Channel Tunnel, but that's where the comparison ends. This time you find yourself sitting in your car on an open truck, with just a metal roof to protect the car from the elements. Once you enter the tunnel there is no lighting, so unless you leave your lights there is pitch blackness all around. The train quickly picks up speed and travels (unsurprisingly) in a straight line, so there are no unexpected twists and turns. However there are plenty of bumps in the track, so we decided to keep our seat belts on! The journey takes 20 minutes, which is certainly a lot quicker than going over the pass. The top speed was about 50km an hour, but it's hard to be precise in the dark. We will definitely do this again, but be warned that once you are in Italy there are no toilets, restaurants or shops for at least 30 minutes. Make the most of the facilities in Brig.
Written April 22, 2013
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James_10022
New York City, NY22 contributions
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If you want to test your nerves, opt to go for the drive to Italy from Switzerland rather than taking the train. At night, it's even more hair raising; during the day, the views are spectacular!
Written January 9, 2013
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RehobothTraveller
Rehoboth Beach, DE13 contributions
Friends
Pretty views of the Valais are afforded from the pass. Worth the drive.
Written September 17, 2011
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL2,966 contributions
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Drove from Lake Maggiore to Zermatt by way of the Simplon Pass and Tunnel. Incredibly beautiful scenes of the Alps and deep valleys while trying to concentrate on the winding roadway, switchbacks, steep climbs and dramatic drops in elevation. It definitely takes your breath away in a good way.
Written September 1, 2015
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sanjabg85
Castiglione Delle Stiviere, Italy994 contributions
We decided to take the tunnel train from Italy to Switzerland,especially since the weather forecast said that it would snow later that day(which it did).Plus it saves a lot of time too,by train it takes around 20min,and by car friends have told us it can take around hour and a half, depending on the roads and weather. It costs 19euros in one direction,and you pay for it in Switzerland. you cannot buy the ticket on line or book it,you have to be there a bit before,in order to take the line.Around 30 cars can fit on the train.The tunnel itself is really narrow, and dark.I have never been in a tunnel of this kind:-)
Written January 16, 2015
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timonoff
Tampere, Finland18 contributions
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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 July 26, 2019
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We are sorry that you didn't like the landscapes, lakes and hikes on the Simplon.
Written July 29, 2019
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