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Stockalper Palace

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Address: Alte Simplonstrasse 28, Brig 3900, Switzerland
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+41 27 921 60 30
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09:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Kaspar Stockalper was an early capitalist genius. He simply sold and bought...

Kaspar Stockalper was an early capitalist genius. He simply sold and bought everything that promised to be profitable on those days. His impressive palace in Brig is a testimony to his wealth and worldly power. The building is the biggest private building of the 17th century in Switzerland. Visit this representative castle and learn about the symbolism and the history of that place. The adjoining gardens as well as the exhibition "Passage Simplon" are worth a visit too. Opening Hours and Guided Tours Summer 1 May - 31 October 2016 Tuesday - Sunday 9.30 am / 10.30 am / 1.30 pm / 2.30 pm / 3.30 pm / 4.30 pm* * May and October: no tours at 4.30 pm

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Stockalper Palace - History of the Simplon Pass and Brig

Stockalper (1609–1691) was called "The King of Simplon". The merchant, banker, large scale entrepreneur, military official and politician built Stockalper Castle in the years 1651... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 August 2016
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

This is an old building or what's left of it, worth a quick glance if you are in the area, happened to be close to the hotel we were staying so walked though it daily, stopped and saw it one evening.

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Zug, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

This was an unexpected surprise for me. I had already spent a couple of hours walking around the main drag from the train station through the central plaza, browsing store windows and checking out restaurant menus. I didn't know this palace was here! Just gorgeous, and huge. Two beautiful old carriages made for a nice photo opportunity.

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

The building itself is quite charming but I was mostly interested by the history behind it. It is worth visiting if you plan to go through the Simplon Pass as it is part of its history.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Our group of 26 had a private tour of this nicely restored castle which was very interesting. We learned about the history of the castle and area and saw several of the rooms including the small chapel, a room entirely covered in beautiful murals, and large wood-paneled hall for legislative functions. If in the Brig area it is definitely worth... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Stockalper (1609–1691) was called "The King of Simplon". The merchant, banker, large scale entrepreneur, military official and politician built Stockalper Castle in the years 1651 to 1671. The castle is the largest private building constructed in the 17th century in Switzerland. The palace has three towers with gilded onion domes and reflects the immensity of Stockalper's wealth. Stockalper's life is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Had a guide who explained the history of the castle and the wealthy man who created the castle. There are beautiful gardens here, but so much more. If you tour the castle many interesting rooms. The outer beauty is obvious; but the rooms open to the public were used for political decisions. Some people also live in the palace; which... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

very nice castle with nice old buildings surrounding it; it also has a a very nice courtyard resembling the Von Trapp movie

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is a lovely setting in a sm square. The gardens were it in bloom when we visited, but the carriages, courtyard were available to view

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Roswell, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Many travel guides overlook Brig. This is the second time we came to visit, and this time we returned determined make time for the guided tour of the palace, unfortunately for us the tour was mostly in German. There is a good exhibit about the 12mi Simplon Tunnel project in the visitors center.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

I have a few insights into the Stockalperschloss since it is my family's ancestral castle. Due to expensive upkeep, the castle has now become a museum and the government offices of Brig (my cousins' civil ceremony weddings have all taken place here). Because of this, the castle has a modern elevator which is great for the handicapped. There is also... More 

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