Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Valais Travel Guide

Simplon Pass

Beginning just outside Brig, this historic road meanders through deep gorges and wide, barren, rock-strewn pastures to offer increasingly beautiful views back toward Brig. At the summit (6,593 feet), the Hotel Bellevue Simplon-Kulm shares the high meadow with the Simplon Hospitz (Simplon Hospice), built 150 years ago at Napoléon's request and now owned by the monks of St.

Bernard. Just beyond stands the bell-towered Alt Spital, a lodging built in the 17th century. Beyond the pass, the road continues through Italy, and it's possible to cut across the Italian upthrust and reenter Switzerland in the Ticino, near Ascona. From the summit of Simplon Pass you can still see parts of the old road used by traders and Napoléon. Look north toward the Bernese Alps to see a portion of the massive Aletsch Glacier.

Read More

Explore Simplon Pass



Trip Finder
Travel Phrases

Learn French Phrases before or while you're on the go!

Download Now