Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Valais Cycling Tour: Oberwald - Brig (stage 4)

From the village of Oberwald to the charming town of Brig, this gentle downhill fourth stage of the Valais Cycling Tour is perfect after having climbed one of the mythic Alpine passes of the region (Nufenen, Grimsel or Furka).

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    45.5 km

  • Duration

    3:00 h

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This stage is the least difficult of the Valais Cycling Tour: most of the route is downhill. Starting from Goms, you will discover the unique atmosphere of the Haut Valais villages scattered along the roadside. The route leads to Brig along the young and vibrant Rhone river, born just a few kilometres upstream at the Furka glacier.

Turn-by-turn directions

This stage from Goms Valley to the town of Brig is certainly worth the trip. You could encounter some emblematic animals of the Valais, like the Valais Blacknosed sheep, or the Valais Blackneck goats. Another highlight: the route passes through the village of Mund, famous for its cultivation of saffron. Finally, the Stockalper Palace in Brig will impress you with its history, architecture, and baroque garden. This gentle stage is full of surprises!

Start: Oberwald, Furkastrasse 10 (1366 m)
Destination: Brig, Bahnofstrasse 1 (671 m)

Author's recommendation

Take the time to stop in Fiesch to take the two gondolas toward Fiescheralp and the Eggishorn (2,934m). Here you will see the mighty Aletsch glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1396 m 669 m

  • Ascent

    382 m

  • Descent

    1061 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

CFF train to Brig, then MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) train or bus to Oberwald.

Approach

From Brig, follow route 19 "Furkastrasse" for 40km until Oberwald.

Parking

This tour is one stage of the Valais Cycling tour where the finish is not at the same place as the starting point. Therefore, we recommend arriving by public transport. Otherwise there are parkings at the train station in Brig, follow the local park routeing to access them. 

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals.

Additional information

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Maps

Swiss Activity Map: National map with SwitzerlandMobility routes to scale 1:275'000