The Stockalper Palace is a castle in Brig-Glis, Switzerland. It was built between 1658 and 1678 by Kaspar Stockalper, a silk merchant of Brig. The Stockalper Palace was the largest private construction in Switzerland at the time. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.HistoryThe first building on the site is known as the Stockalper House, which was built in 1532 by Peter Stockalper. Over the following century it was expanded toward the north, but it remained generally unchanged until the rise of Kaspar Stockalper. Kaspar Stockalper was born to a wealthy family in Brig on 14 July 1609. After studying at the university in Freiburg im Breisgau from 1627 to 1629, he returned to Brig and began building an extensive trading empire. By 1647 he had the local salt monopoly and built a road over the Simplon pass which gave him a monopoly on trade over this pass. Between 1651-59 he built a canal from Vouvry to Collombey which expanded his trading empire. At the peak of his power, Kaspar employed around 5,000 people (at that time Brig only had about 900 residents).Between 1630 and 1640 Kaspar expanded the Stockalper House toward the south with a great hall, chapel and other construction. The great hall was decorated with a coat of arms in 1653. The chapel altar is black with silver reliefs depicting the Adoration of the Magi and the Coronation of the Virgin, both of which were the work of Samuel Hornung of Augsburg in 1655. A two-story covered arcade leads from the Stockalper House to the much larger Palace.Arrange your visit to Stockalper Palace and discover more family-friendly attractions in Brig using our Brig travel itinerary planner.
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ArchitekturaDes... PAugust 18, 2017
Zajedżcie tam - nie pożałujecie, odpoczynek w zamkowym ogrodzie to przeżycie, całe Brig miłe i słodkie - mało kto wie o nim a jest pięknym miasteczkiem u stóp Alp more »Zajedżcie out there-you won't regret it, rest in the castle garden is an experience, the entire Brig nice and cute-hardly anyone knows about it and is a beautiful village at the foot of the Alps
moreno_2801August 14, 2017
Costo modico,8chf per adulto e nulla per bimbi sotto i 7 anni, ed esterno molto bello. Il palazzo è un bellissimo elemento architettonico della Briga vecchia. Il tour guidato in solo tedesco(danno com... more »Moderate cost, 8chf per adult and nothing for children under 7 years, and very nice exterior. The Palace is a beautiful architectural feature of the old Brig. The guided tour in German only (damage of carrier sheets in various languages) does cross several room with various paintings and antique furniture, many refurbished but overall nothing so fascinating or particular. To visit to learn about a little piece of history in the area, but for lovers of castles and palaces may not fully satisfy.
habis10August 10, 2017
Wir haben in Brig das Stockalperschloss besucht und an einer Führung teilgenommen. ( gratis für Raiffeisen Kunden) . Es ist faszinierend zu hören welche macht Stockalper zu seiner Zeit hatte. Das Schl... more »We have visited the Stockalper castle in Brig and took part in a guided tour. (free for Raiffeisen customers). It is fascinating to hear which makes Stockalper had his time. The castle is now used by the municipality of Brig. There were always people with much power and money. The visit was interesting.
Hansjörg SchärerMarch 21, 2017
Brig is a town of grandeur you wouldn't expect up in a valley like this. Worth a visit. Lovely old city.
Jesús ZurdoJune 1, 2017
Great highlight in the old town. Definitely worth a visit.
Maria T MaciasAugust 4, 2016
I recommend the guided tour! Only 8 chf and they start even when there is only one person.
Rod ChuckJuly 5, 2017
Historic and atmospheric
Dario RodighieroAugust 21, 2016
It deserves a visit if you're in Brig
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