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Historic landmarks and nature’s might have left their imprints on this small mountain village on the Simplon pass road. Highlights are the hike along the historic pass crossing and the Via Stockalper trail leading to Brig.
The history of the Simplon Pass is synonymous with the history of the mountain village of Gondo. The Romans led legions over the pass as far back as 196 AD, In the 17th century, Brig merchant Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper developed the pass crossing into a trading route between Switzerland and Italy. Throughout centuries, illustrious and shady figures alike crossed the Simplon; diplomats, dukes, emperors and popes as well as smugglers and thieves. The pack mule trails built by Stockalper are still visible today. In the early 19th century, Napoleon had an eight metre-wide road built across the Simplon to move his armies over the Alps.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Swiss Army built an Alpine fortification above Gondo that is now open to the public. Access is by postbus to the «Alte Kaserne» stop, where an exhibition on the Simplon Pass roads from Roman times to the present day can be visited (free entrance). The fortress is a half-hour walk away.

Gold was mined in Gondo as far back as Roman times. The Stockalper merchant family operated the mine during its 1660 to 1691 heyday. The mine went bankrupt in 1987 and is no longer operating. Guided mine tours and gold panning courses are available by prior arrangement.

The tall Stockalperturm tower bears witness to the past influence of the Stockalper family. It was restored after a huge landslide that claimed 13 lives in 2000. The Via Stockalper trail – open from June to October – gives insight into the region’s eventful history. There are numerous guesthouses with overnight accommodation along the route, and the postbus can be taken along sections of the trail.

The hiking trail to Domodossola in Italy is another highlight of the region. An unspoilt natural landscape interspersed with marsh lands and landmarks of bygone days awaits discovery.

Highlights

  • Stockalperturm and Via Stockalper to Brig
  • Gondo Fortress with museum showcasing Swiss military history and the Alte Kaserne with permanent exhibition on the construction of the Simplon roads
  • Simplon route in the direction of Domodossola
  • Gold mine at Gondo
Historic landmarks and nature’s might have left their imprints on this small mountain village on the Simplon pass road. Highlights are the hike along the historic pass crossing and the Via Stockalper trail leading to Brig.
The history of the Simplon Pass is synonymous with the history of the mountain village of Gondo. The Romans led legions over the pass as far back as 196 AD, In the 17th century, Brig merchant Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper developed the pass crossing into a trading route between Switzerland and Italy. Throughout centuries, illustrious and shady figures alike crossed the Simplon; diplomats, dukes, emperors and popes as well as smugglers and thieves. The pack mule trails built by Stockalper are still visible today. In the early 19th century, Napoleon had an eight metre-wide road built across the Simplon to move his armies over the Alps.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Swiss Army built an Alpine fortification above Gondo that is now open to the public. Access is by postbus to the «Alte Kaserne» stop, where an exhibition on the Simplon Pass roads from Roman times to the present day can be visited (free entrance). The fortress is a half-hour walk away.

Gold was mined in Gondo as far back as Roman times. The Stockalper merchant family operated the mine during its 1660 to 1691 heyday. The mine went bankrupt in 1987 and is no longer operating. Guided mine tours and gold panning courses are available by prior arrangement.

The tall Stockalperturm tower bears witness to the past influence of the Stockalper family. It was restored after a huge landslide that claimed 13 lives in 2000. The Via Stockalper trail – open from June to October – gives insight into the region’s eventful history. There are numerous guesthouses with overnight accommodation along the route, and the postbus can be taken along sections of the trail.

The hiking trail to Domodossola in Italy is another highlight of the region. An unspoilt natural landscape interspersed with marsh lands and landmarks of bygone days awaits discovery.

Highlights

  • Stockalperturm and Via Stockalper to Brig
  • Gondo Fortress with museum showcasing Swiss military history and the Alte Kaserne with permanent exhibition on the construction of the Simplon roads
  • Simplon route in the direction of Domodossola
  • Gold mine at Gondo

Arrival and return Gondo

Adresse

Simplon Tourismus
Ecomuseum
3907 Simplon Dorf
Tel. +41 (0)27 979 10 10
Fax. +41 (0)27 979 15 44
info@simplon.ch
www.simplon.ch

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