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Simplon Pass and Tunnel

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Address: Brig 3900, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41279791010
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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The scenery from the train is breathtaking. Take lots of film. The train cars are very user friendly. Swiss trains usually run on time-if they are two minutes late the Swiss... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The scenery from the train is breathtaking. Take lots of film. The train cars are very user friendly. Swiss trains usually run on time-if they are two minutes late the Swiss are upset. So be sure to show up ten minutes before the train is to depart, as sometimes it is early.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelling through this area is absolutely amazing with breathtaking views all over. This Pass has been used since the Stone Age, and up to the 17th century it was a favourite of all types of smugglers. The authorities considered it impassable, so smugglers used it freely to do their "trade"! Napoleon is credited with the first vehicular use of the... More 

Thank Dimitris L
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took this route travelling from Lake Maggiore in Italy to Zermatt in Switzerland. Fantastic views from the road, with some big drops at times. Wonderful engineering, the road, bridges and tunnels get you quickly through the mountains. There is a restaurant near the top of the pass if you need a stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Journeyed along the Simplon Pass to get to Italy and Lake Maggiore. This took about an hour and three quarters but what fantastic views! It also allowed us the opportunity to see what extraordinary lengths the construction crews to make the roads blend in as much as possible to the environment, and to protect what they have built by the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We drove over the Simplon pass to Italy and went to lake maggiore for lunch and a boat trip. Took about an hour and a half to get to the lake from where we were staying in ried-brig. It was about 40 min to the border. Lovely views from the top of the pass. We didn't use the tunnel where... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We thoroughly recommend this train route as it is extremely exciting to be passing from Italy to Switzerland through the Simplon tunnel. This is a high mountain pass which connects the small town of Domodossala in northern Italy to Switzerland. The crossing of the Alps in this way must be one of the world's most interesting journeys. The scenery en... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

We used the Simplon Tunnel from Italy into Switzerland as it was late on an Autumn afternoon and we were towing our caravan. Arriving at the station on the Italian side, all was deserted, the customs post was empty, the ticket booth was empty and there were no signs of railway employees anywhere. The train runs ever hour in alternate... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This is a classic and historic pass connecting two valleys in Switzerland and Italy. You can drive on the top or put the car on a train and cross on a tunnel. The latter may be an option in the winter but any other time the pass saves money, often time and it is very scenic. The new road has... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

We were in our car on the rail for 15 minutes under the mountain in a long tunnel. It was short, fun and felt a bit bumpy. Moving in your car when not driving is feally amusing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

When you get to the top of the pass,the air air increases the appetite because the the food not only cooked while you wait but one course is enough, the quantity served is abundant ,leave a space for the coffee

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