Switzerland, Central Europe
facts and history in brief
Brig, is a small, picturesque town with many architectural
treasures, at the foot of the high Alps, in the Valais
canton, in southern Switzerland. The Rhone River runs
through town, at the northern end of the Simplon Tunnel.
Brig is an important railway junction of the Simplon,
Lotschberg, and Furka rail lines.
Tourism is the main economic activity for the town and
the whole canton as well.
Some of the town's notable attractions are the interesting
and impressive 17th Century Stockalper Castle palace,
an onion shaped domed pilgrim Church in Glis.
The town centre is a pedestrians only mall lined with
shops and restaurants.
Nearby are many skiing slopes that can be reached in
less than half a hour by car or gondola, including the
Rosswald, immediately above the town, Belalp, Riederalp,
Zermatt and the Matterhorn are a short train
and chairlift ride away.
The Glacier Express train route connects Zermatt to
St. Moritz making a stop in Brig, and Saas-Fee, Leukerbad,
Interlaken and Crans Montana.
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