BrigBrig (French: Brigue, Italian: Briga), officially Brig-Glis, is a city in Valais in Switzerland. The city is actually made up of two neighbouring towns, Brig and Glis with a third independent town Naters across the Rhone river to the north. It is a regional centre and is also a border town of sorts. While it does not directly lie on the Italian border, it is the last stop for trains before going through the Simplon tunnel.
phone: +41 27 921 60 30address: Bahnhofstrasse 2
While there are some buses with stops around town the city centre is quite small and nice to walk through. Parts of it are pedestrian only and all the main sights are within walking distance.
If you want to get out a bit further during summer (for instance to Brigerbad for swimming), there is a close to the railway station. It's run as a social project and is free for the first four hours. Be sure to check the website first as opening hours frequently change.
Stockalper PalaceThis castle was built by a local merchant Kaspar Stockalper in the 17th century. Today the garden and the courtyard can be visited freely whereas the castle can only be visited as part of a guided tour.
Swiss Guard MuseumThis is an old fortification in the neighbouring town of Naters (which is just across the river from the main station). The museum offers an insight into the history of the Swiss Guard in Rome. There is also a couple of other museums located in the same fortification, one among which showcases the fortification itself.
Ernest Guglielminetti MonumentA monument to Ernest Guglielminetti, the inventor of the tar road.
Topic path railway, nature and artAn easy hike through Brig and neighbouring Bitsch and Naters. Passes by several railway buildings, such as the north portal of the Simplon tunnel.
phone: +41 27 923 65 56address: Furkastrasse 5The menu includes some local dishes, but the restaurant is mostly known for its excellent pizza.
- is a small town a short bus ride away from either Brig or Visp. There is a big with an extended outdoor pool area, as well as a camping ground.
- The Simplon area south of Brig makes a good destination for a day trip. From Brig take the postal bus up to the and then down the other side to the picturesque villages of and where the checkpoint on the Italian border is located.
- Take a 20 minute train ride to Domodossola, Italy for their weekly markets on a Saturday.
- Take a short train ride to Mörel or Betten and from there the cable car up to the Riederalp or the Bettmeralp. From here you have access to one of Europe's best ski resorts, unknown to most non-Europeans, named Aletsch as well as the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO heritage site.