Brig Travel Guide

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  • Brig
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  • Brig
    by Kathrin_E

Brig Things to Do

  • The Modern Catholic Church

    Herz-Jesu-Kirche, the catholic parish church in the centre of Brig is a modern building, erected 1967 - 1970. The architects, Jean and Nadine Iren, designed it as "The Lord's Tent Among His People". The roof is shaped like a tent roof. The cubic bell tower serves as the central pole, pieces of concrete wall support the outside edge of the tent.The...

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  • Post Carriages

    Two old post carriages that used to run on the Simplon mail in the 19th century are on display in the courtyard of Stockalperpalast. The post line was established after the Simplon road had been built under Napoleon (1801-1805). I don't think riding in these carriages was too comfortable but it was a lot better than being mounted on a mule. The...

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  • St Sebastian's Chapel

    The small chapel in the main square was built in the 1630s. It is dedicated to Sebastian the martyr. The painting on the baroque altar depicts the saint in Roman uniform with the palm twig in his hand that classifies him as martyr, angels crowning him – the background, however, is the alpine landscape around the town of Brig. An image of...

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  • Sebastiansplatz

    The largest square in the centre, actually a series of squares, is the heart of the town, the centre of day and night life. The adjacent streets towards the station are the main shopping area. Restaurants, cafes and pubs assemble around the square, most with outdoor seating. The square is pedestrianized except for the post and city buses and the...

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  • Stockalper Palace: Guided Tour

    The interior of the palace can only be visited with guided tours. These start at fixed hours during the day (9.30, 10.30, 13.30, 14.30, and 15.30, in summer also 16.30) every day except Monday. Tours take place on demand – walk in from the courtyard and obtain your ticket from the cash desk (CHF 8 for adults). The tour will take place whenever...

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  • Stockalper Palace: I Promise You a Rose...

    This is a photo tip if you are there in the right season! The rose garden is part of the gardens of Stockalper Palace, but it is easily missed if you overlook the side paths. It is located on a terrace along the Southern front of the palace. Climb the small stairway by the vineyard terrace to reach it.

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  • Stockalper Palace: Three, the Sacred...

    Kaspar Stockalper was a pious Christian. Three, the sacred number of Christianity, shows up everywhere in the architecture of the palace: the number of the towers, the arrangement of the windows, the arches of the Venetian bridge, three rows of arcades in the courtyard, and so on. Three is the Trinity, and also the Three Holy Kings. Stockalper’s...

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  • Stockalper Palace: Moon, Star and Sun

    The three parts of the palace complex are crowned with three gilded celestial bodies. The moon is on the oldest part, the old Stockalper house, Kaspar Stockalper’s residential house. The star was placed on the middle wing with the chapel while the sun is gleaming from the highest point of the big new palace: from the spire of the tallest...

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  • Stockalper Palace

    Brig’s main attraction, impossible to overlook, is the huge palace with its three towers, crowned by onion-shaped domes. This here is the largest late renaissance – early baroque palace in Switzerland that was built as a private residence. Its most beautiful part is the courtyard, surrounded by arcades in the style of Italian palazzi and...

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  • the monument for Geo Chavez

    This is the monument for Geo Chavez, who was the first man to fly over the Simplon, that was in a small airplane in 1910. This monument is on the square next to Saltinabridge. Chavez started in Brig and flew over the Simplon to Domodossola, but the airplane fell apart shortly before landing and Geo Chavez died a few days later of these injuries....

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  • Altes Stockalperhaus - the first...

    Altes Stockalperhaus - the first Stockalperpalast - is a lot smaller than the one that everybody is heading to and there is a nice restaurant nowadays (see some pics in my restaurant-tips!) in that building and their garden-restaurant is in the innercourt from where you will see some of the great arcades of this intersting building of history.

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  • a modern sculpture

    This modern sculpture is using some of the original rails of the cogwheel-train that will take you from Brig to Zermatt. There are 2 ordinary rails for the wheels and in the middle the train has also a special rail with teeth, that is added at the steep parts of the train-track.

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  • Sebastiansplatz

    Sebastiansplatz is a nice square in the pedestrian zone of Brig, a great place to go for shopping, to relax in one of the many garden-restaurants or to take a walk. Dont miss Sebastianskapelle (read more about it in my next tip!) and the monument for Geo Chavez.

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  • a bridge from Stockalperhaus to the...

    There is an interesting stone-bridge over two floors from altes Stockalperhaus to the much larger Stockalperpalast,that is considdered to be the largest private baroque palace in Switzerland. This bridge reminds me a lot of similar bridges between 2 buildings that I saw in Italy.

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  • the park of Stockalperpalace

    The park of Stockalperpalast is open for the public day and night and it is a great place to relax and there are some tennis-courts as well. You will also find a lot of modern Art, mainly sculptures in that park, you can enter the park from the city or through the back-entrance of Stockalperpalace (that might be closed after midnight).

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  • Sebastianskapelle

    Not far from Saltinibridge you will find the Sebastianskapelle , a small church that is well worth to take a look inside . A strong iron fence will protect the many works of art there around the altar, but you will be able to see everything through this fence.Sebastiankapelle dates back to 1636 and the great painting at the altar, showing Holy...

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  • the old postal-carriages of the...

    These 2 old postal-carriages for the Simplon-pass are shown in the backside of the innercourt of Stockalperpalast under the arcades and you can see them, whenever the gates of the palace are open. Maybe they close them late at night. These carriages and all other transport over the Simplon-pass were the main income for the Stockalper family and...

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  • Stockalperpalast

    Stockalperpalast is without doubt the most important tourist-attraction of Brig. It is an oversized palace dating back to 1658, and it was built for Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper, who was a swiss merchant, banker and polititian (* 14. Juli 1609 in Brig; † 21. April 1691). During the times of the 30-year-war he controlled all the imports and exports...

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  • Brigerbad

    Next time in Brig we must pay a visit to Brigerbad and its thermal pools - will help ease those aching muscles from all the walking! Brigerbad has the largest open-air thermal swimming pools in Switzerland (27 - 37° C) with grotto, alpine toboggan (182 m) "river" pool and Olympic swimming pool, open from May to September. Snack bars and swim shop...

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  • Stockalper Brig detail

    The Stockalper has an interesting gallery adjoining it to surrounding buildings - so took this detail shot. There is a restaurant adjacent too - would have loved to have a meal there but it was closed during our latest short stay.

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  • Stockalper - Inside the courtyard

    Tours of the rooms are made several times a day but the courtyard is usually open and you can just wander inside and over to the gardens. Loved the triple arcaded courtyard view... reminded me of an Italian style palace.

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  • Stockalper Brig

    Wander up the back of the old town along Alte Simplonstrasse and just slightly up a hill you will come across this lovely old castle with its three onion domes which seem to dominate the town of Brig. The gardens are a pleasant place to sit and relax a while - recently some public art has been added - like a woolly car! This was once the largest...

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  • Antoniuskirche

    At least one wall of the Antoniuskirche dates back to 1374. Extensions were in the late gothic style and in the mid 17th century the interior was made in baroque style. After an earthquake in 1851 the church was partly rebuilt, this time in new gothic style. The original tower collapsed and was rebuilt in 1856. Major restauration took place in 1999...

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  • Fountain

    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.

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Brig Hotels

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  • Hotel Ambassador

    Brig is a popular choice for touring - being at the junction of so many railways and post bus...

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  • Salina Maris

    Breiten ob Morel, Brig, Valais, 3983, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Central

    Gliserallee 50, Brig, Valais, 3900, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Brig Restaurants

  • a scenic place

    Schlosskeller is the name of a great restaurant that you will find inside the old Stockalperhouse / Altes Stockalperhaus, the first palace of this wealthy family-clan. From the gardenrestaurant you will have a great view of the baroque arcades around the innercourt. I just had a coffee and cake and it was very good. And when you are in the...

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  • Local Trattoria

    Just a simple local trattoria - mainly doing Pizzas and rosti - Swiss speciality of grated potato. Seemed popular with the locals so we thought we'd give it a try one night. Rosti and Bratwurst or egg - surprisingly no bread was served with this, most unusual not to be given bread in a restaurant. Portion size was OK but not enough if really...

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  • Not only food, but atmosphere!

    The restaurant of choice in Brig, espacially for its atmosphere. Besides, you will not be charged much extra for such a thing. I mean, there are scores of places where such atmosphere will come more expensive and add to your bill. Here, there's a good 6 (!) course menu for 48 SFR, including pate', salad, first course,second course, cheese, dessert....

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Brig Transportation

  • Simplon Pass

    The Simplon pass road is open all year (unless there are extreme weather conditions, maybe). Simplon is one of the easiest alpine pass roads to drive. The road is a wide two-lane highway with hardly any tricky curves. If you do not want to drive, the alternative is loading the car on a train in Brig respective Iselle on the Italian side and using...

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  • Train Hub

    Brig is a major train hub on national and international railways. Long-distance trains connect to Italy via Simplon tunnel, North via Lötschberg base tunnel to Bern, Basel and from there to Germany and France, West to Lausanne and Geneva, East it’s the famous Glacier Express route via Andermatt and Furka to Chur and St. Moritz.A smaller train stop...

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  • The trains of Matterhorn - Gotthardbahn

    Matterhorn - Gotthardbahn is a seperate train-system leaving from Brig, in front of the main trainstation. this train uses cogwheels in order to climb up the steep rails to Zermatt.Zermatt is a carfree-area and it really makes sense to leave the car in Brig than to park it in the village of Taesch, that is the closest village to Zermatt, where you...

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Brig Off The Beaten Path

  • Naters

    You want to see a typical Valais village with its dark wooden houses and those stilted barns but have no time for an excursion to one of the side valleys higher up in the mountains? Visit Naters.Naters is the next-door neighbour of Brig, located down in the Rhône valley on the opposite river bank. You can walk over in 10 minutes from Brig train...

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  • King X

    The monument for "King X" is to be found on a small square opposite of the old Stockalper-palast. King X is not a real person of history but rather a persiflage about people who pretend to "know everything" and are right all the time.This monument was made by U.Wirz, born 1943 in Brig, he is a sculptor, painter and architect."Denkmal für die...

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  • Saltinabruecke : this bridge can be...

    Saltinabruecke is the bridge that takes you to one of the main squares of Brig and even when the narrow stream of water does not look very dangerous it might flood after heavy rainfalls. The river is called Saltina (saltare is the latin word for jumping) named so because the stream is jumping up and down.In case of a flood this bridge will be...

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  • Kaspar Jodok Stockalper (1609-1691)

    Kaspar Jodok Stockalper came from a well-off family that once managed the Stockalp, an alpine estate in the Simplon mountains, and named themselves after that property. Their family crest shows three sticks as reference to their name.In his youth Stockalper wanted to become a priest but he quit his studies halfway and returned to Brig. He spoke six...

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  • Sebastiansplatz

    Meander up from the station to this pretty square where the tiny Sebastianskapelle can be found here as well as several outdoor bars and cafes to while away the time. The shops always seem to have a sale on when we were visiting - good choice and more reasonable than mountain resorts.In this platz is a fountain commemorating the Peruvian pilot Geo...

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  • Brig and the Simplon Pass

    The history of Brig is closely linked with the Simplon Pass, one of the most beautiful alpine passes which starts immediately beyond the city gates. Napoleon built a road through the Simplon Pass in the 19th century to move his armies, thus creating the first man-made road in the Alps. You can hike here from Brig - some 4.5 hrs but there are...

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