Hiking

Via dello Sbrinz - Via del Gries

da Crevoladossola a Ulrichen - 6076 Obergoms (CH) (61,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

At an altitude of 2479 m between Val Formazza and Upper Valais, the Passo del Gries was the most direct route between the Lombard plain and central Switzerland for five centuries. Men, goods and ideas passed through the Gries pass, from Milan to Bern, from the Mediterranean to the plains of Central Europe. It was a commercial road, a caravan route travelled by long lines of mules loaded with goods. Cattle, hides and cheeses (the "sbrinz" of the Bernese Oberland), were brought down from the north, but also luxury products such as the precious crystals processed by the monks of Engelberg destined for the Italian courts. Lombard cloths and silks came up from the south, and above all the wine from Ossola, exported to the French court.

On 12 August 1397, in Munster, the capital of Goms, the birthplace of the Walser people, representatives from Ossola and Val Formazza met with those from the city of Bern, the Abbey of Interlaken, the Hasli and Goms communities to sign a convention guaranteeing a common commitment to the opening of a trade route between Milan and Bern. A great road in the heart of Europe: 600 years ago. The contract foresaw the construction and maintenance of a road that from Grimsel, crossed the Gries to Ossola to promote trade between the north and Lombardy. Everyone was committed to the good management and control of the road access in their area: the Bernese up to the Grimsel pass, where a hospice would be built in those years, the Munster men from Grimsel to Gries, and the cheesemakers up to the pass. Rules were also dictated regarding the duties to be collected, and the security of the transit that each community had to provide.

The process of recovering historical memory and the spirit of collaboration that is still alive between the mountain populations on both sides of the border have contributed to the recent re-evaluation of this ancient historic route: the Via del Gries has been part of one of Switzerland's 12 Cultural Routes of National Interest since 2002. The itinerary is called "Via Sbrinz" or "Sbrinz Route", a seven-stage journey from Lucerne to Domodossola for those who wish to rediscover the thrill of slowly walking along the historical trails.

Every summer, as a historical re-enactment, the itinerary is travelled by a caravan of mules and goods (www.sbrinz-route.ch).

The trail of the Via del Gries, with the exception of the section of the Gries pass, mainly winds through the bottom of the valley, through residential areas and near the main road (SS659). The numerous accommodation and catering possibilities along the valley allows you to choose the length of the stages according to your level of preparation. From Crevoladossola to Ulrichen a minimum of 3 stages is common. However, it is recommended to do the walk in 4 stages for those who want to walk slowly to discover the natural, historical and cultural wonders of the valley.

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Points of interest

Parish church of Crevoladossola, Hydroelectric power station of Crevoladossola, traditional stone architecture in Canova, Oira mill, Visitor Centre of Parco Veglia Devero in Crodo, Parish church of Baceno (national monument), Orridi di Uriezzo, St. Bernard hospice, Parish church of Premia, Mineralogical Museum of Premia, Thermal Baths in Premia and village of Cadarese, Walser Culture and Architecture in Formazza, Casa Forte in Ponte, Cascata del Toce, Lago di Morasco, Piana del Bettelmatt, Passo del Gries, Walser Culture and Architecture in Valle di Goms.

Support points

There are many possibilities for refreshment and accommodation in the villages that are crossed in the valley. The Domodossola - Cascata del Toce bus line connects all the villages of the Valle Antigorio Formazza.

Other information

Source: Unione Montana Alta Ossola
Itinerary code: VSB
Phone coverage: Good
Recommended period: June - September. The lower part can also be covered during the spring and autumn months.
Historical interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Distretto dei Laghi

Notes on public transport
Railway station: Domodossola. Bus stop: Crevoladossola, Domodossola - Cascata del Toce line or Linea Circolare Nrd.
Autoservizi Comazzi
Tel. 0324 240333
www.comazzibus.com
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Crevoladossola
28865 Crevoladossola (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Arrival
Ulrichen (CH)
Ulrichen - 6076 Obergoms (CH) (CH)
Chieti
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Accommodations and services

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B&B Popai Le Coin Perdu
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Popai Le Coin Perdu
Ancient farmhouse recently renovated, the Popai B&B is located in Montecrestese, a small village in Val d'Ossola. The facility has a large park, where you can sit under the linden trees and sip a tea as you gaze at the panorama that stretches as far as Domodossola and the famous Domobianca ski …
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La Beula
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
La Beula
“LA BEULA” B&B is located in Beola di Croveo, at 800 m a.s.l, a small hamlet of Baceno in the province of Verbania, at the foot of Mount Cistella, famous for its mysterious witch nights. It is 10 km from the ALPE DEVERO Natural Park, 5 km from the TERME DI PREMIA (SPA CENTRE) and just 30 …
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La Madonnina
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
La Madonnina
In the centre of Valdossola, in a dominant position overlooking the Antigorio valley at 825 m above sea level, B&B La Madonnina offers three bedrooms with private bathrooms in an Art Nouveau villa with a completely renovated garden.
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Le Primule
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Holiday Houses and Apartments
Le Primule
Relais Le Primule Holiday Home offers a totally relaxing stay in a natural setting of extreme beauty and serenity. The closeness of the Premia Spa facility with wellness centre, combined with the infinite natural beauties of the territory, will be the added value to your unforgettable stay. Our …
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Locanda del Sasso Rooms
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Rooms to let
Locanda del Sasso Rooms
If you are looking for tranquillity in contact with nature then look no further. The new lodgings of Locanda del Sasso have the charm and unmistakable style that sets us apart. There are three lodgings tailored to all needs, of couples and families. Two mini apartments to suit from 2 to 6 guests …
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Piodahaus
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
Piodahaus
Carve out a dream corner in the heart of the Antigorio Valley, immersed in the Lepontine Alps, stress-free, where Alice looks forward to welcoming you to her B&B that she has lovingly renovated, reinterpreting the traditional local architecture in a fresh and contemporary way, inside a romantic …
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Zum Gora
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Mountain Refuges, Excursion Refuges and Bivouacs
Zum Gora
Rifugio Zum Gora is located in the ancient village of Salecchio Superiore, founded by Walser settlers in the 13th century. It is a beautifully renovated and very cosy Walser cottage. It offers a typical Ossola cuisine, small rooms with 3 to 6 beds, bathroom with shower, solarium, panoramic terrace …
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