Brig-Naters, an Alpine town with Mediterranean charm is the lively centre of the Upper Valais and an exciting destination for a diversity of events. If you prefer a more leisurely and rustic atmosphere, you’ll certainly enjoy the sunny villages of Blatten-Belalp, Rosswald-Rothwald and Birgisch-Mund. Switzerland’s largest open-air thermal spa in Brigerbad is an inviting place to relax and tank up some sunshine.
Brig – at the foot of the Simplon Between 678 and 2,737 metres above sea level. 11,696 inhabitants This charming town nestles in the heart of the Alps and is within reach of almost every European centre by train, bus and car. Brig, nominated Alpine Town 2008, is very popular for its healthy and dry climate. Thanks to its excellent location, it is the perfect base for day trips to the various famous holiday destinations throughout the Valais region. Brig’s landmark, the Stockalper castle, is the oldest in Switzerland and is open to the public from May to October.
Brigerbad – Switzerland’s largest open-air thermal spa. Brigerbad is well worth a visit, with its thermal grotto-style swimming pool (40-42°C) and its picturesque open-air thermal swimming pools. Another attraction is the 182 metre long Alpine thermal slide, which is the longest in Switzerland.
Naters – Gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn. Situated between 673 and 4,195 metres above sea level, with 8,000 inhabitants, Naters, the neighbouring village to Brig, is on the sunny side of the Rhone valley. Its centuries-old history can be seen in important monuments of historical significance, such as the parish church, the charnel house and the Patrician "Junkerhof" (now the town hall). The places of cultural interest in both Naters and Brig can be visited easily by taking the "Kleiner Simplon Express" train.
Blatten – Belalp – at the great Aletsch glacier Between 1,320 and 4,195 metres above sea level, 150 inhabitants. With its sun-kissed wooden houses, Blatten has retained its original and charming character. Car-free Belalp is situated at 2,000 metres above sea level and guarantees unique, peaceful holidays. In the summer, varied hikes take you across lush meadows, past lakes and wildly romantic Alpine brooks. Blatten-Belalp is a popular starting point for glacier and mountain tours. Both experienced hikers and those who like to take it easy will enjoy the new "Oberaletsch" panorama trail that runs from Belalp to the Oberaletsch mountain hut. A hike through the Massa gorge, Switzerland’s Grand Canyon, and the Aletsch via ferrata (fixed rope route) around the Gebidem artificial lake will add a touch of adventure.
Termen – Rosswald – The sun terrace on the Simplon. Between 680 to 2,516 metres above sea level, with only 840 inhabitants, Termen is one of the most beautiful places to live in the Valais region and, thanks to the idyllic holiday destination, Rosswald, it has an additional jewel in its crown. Rosswald is situated on a sunny ridge at 1,800 metres above sea level and exudes a holiday atmosphere, with magnificent views over the Rhone valley. Rosswald can be reached by cable-car in summer and winter, and in summer is also partly accessible by car. Hiking over the Saflisch pass into the Binn valley and the Simplon high trail to Rothwald are just two examples of the numerous walks.
Ried-Brig – Rothwald – An insider tip on the Simplon. Ried-Brig is situated between 888 and 3,553 metres above sea level and has 1,900 inhabitants. The holiday resort of Rothwald on the Simplon belongs to Ried-Brig and is situated between 1,745 and 2,300 metres above sea level. Countless hiking trails take you through varied scenery, where hikers can enjoy a virtually untouched natural environment. Mountain huts and inns offer real hospitality in beautiful settings.
Birgisch – The irrigated village. Situated between 877 and 2,569 metres above sea level with 232 inhabitants. Birgisch itself is situated at 1,091 metres above sea level and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn. One of the striking characteristics is its scattered residential area: the village consists of a number of hamlets, which are dotted over the entire plateau. Worth seeing is the wildly romantic Gredetsch valley with its famous "Suonen" (irrigation channels), dividing the villages of Mund and Birgisch.
Mund – Saffron, the "red gold". Situated between 666 and 3,824 metres above sea level, with 561 inhabitants The saffron village of Mund, at 1,200 metres above sea level is situated in an outstanding, sunny location and is only 15 minutes’ drive from Brig-Glis/Naters. Mund is the ideal starting point for hikes and bike tours, as well as being a unique centre for saffron production. Every October, the "red gold" of Mund, its saffron, can be seen just below the village. The so-called "gold of Mund" is distilled in the saffron production complex in Mund – it is also open to visitors by prior arrangement.
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