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Address: Brig 3900, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41279791010
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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We planned our trip to coincide with the timetable for the train which runs every 90 minutes through the day. On and off loading of the train is very quick so there is no hanging... read more

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

We planned our trip to coincide with the timetable for the train which runs every 90 minutes through the day. On and off loading of the train is very quick so there is no hanging around. The cost was CHF22 one way. Payment is made at the Brig end of the tunnel for either direction. In Italy just join the... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we go from Italy to Switzerland we are obliged to use the Simplon pass. The road is narrow , one lane , so if you get stuck behind a truck , it will take long. The views at the pass are nice but I would not go for it if I did not need to use the pass. There... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Simplon Pass has been an important North - South trading route since the early 13th century. The 17th century saw turbulent times as the 30 years war played out (1618-48) between the Hapsburgs of Austria and France (the Swiss were neutral), a war which would re-shape the geographic boundaries of European nations and give Switzerland her independence. The war... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked to the top of this pass which has a major road over it. There are a couple of restaurants and restrooms at the top. Not really much of a view as it is a broad, flat pass. There is a stone eagle statue that is impressive at about 30 feet high and used for a lot of marketing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

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 July 14, 2016

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 

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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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