Wasenalp, Brig, 3901, Switzerland
More about Brig
this is the way to Stockalperpalast
a bridge from Stockalperhaus to the palace
the arcades of Schlosskeller in Brig
Altes Stockalperhaus - the first Stockalperpalast
Travel Tips for Brig
About a 20 min train ride from Brig is the town of Fiesch (halfway between Münster (East) and Brig (West) ) Fiesch is a great base for Swiss hiking - though fully developed and modernized, there is a bypass that deflects all unnecessary traffic. From Fiesch do not miss to take the Gondola that goes to the Eggishorn 2,926m above sea level. You'll get a wonderful panoramic view that defies description and includes the Eiger, Jungfrau and Matterhorn and the Aletsch glacier. The scenery really is stunning and we are happy to make a return journey here to see the glacier close up. More pics and info on my Fiesch page.
The fountain on Sebastiansplatz is dedicated to the Peruvian aviator Geo Chavez who was the first person who flew over the Simplon pass on 23rd September 1910. He crashed when landing and died shortly afterwards.
Brig in Transit
"Brig or not"
Brig is one of those places that many people have been to withour even noticing it, especially when stopping over on a rain from Rome to Paris or Venice to Brussels.
It's the meeting point of rail lines from Geneva/Paris in the west and Bern/Basel/Frankfurt/Brussels in the north, before going through the Simplon tunnel to Milan (and onwards to all of Italy and Slovenia/Cruatia) . But many find it a worthwile stopover or even base camp for day trips to nearby alpine places such as Zermatt, Saas Fee, or the Goms and the Aletsch Glacier region.
With the opening in 2006 of the 34.6 km Loetschberg basis tunnel that links Brig with the north of Europe, the town of nearby Visp has made Brig station less busy, but Brig has still (or even increased) its charm and usefulness, much more than the industrial Visp.