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Hiking the Simplon Pass in Switzerland

By John Reality, Cambodia, May 2012

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Wending its way through the Alps between the villages of Brig and Valais, the Simplon Pass is home to stunning mountain views and historical structures offering both public and private residences.

The original road through this high mountain pass was originally constructed at the behest of Napoleon during the first years of the 19th century during the period of occupation. Since that time, numerous improvements have been undertaken, including several avalanche shelters and an iconic sculpture of an eagle designed by the Swiss architect and sculptor Erwin Friedrich Baumann in the early 1940s. Today, the pass is one of the few high alpine routes that remain open year-round.

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