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Museum of the Swiss Guard

Above Naters, in the old artillery fortress, visitors can tour the Swiss "Gardemuseum" and enter into 500 years of history of the Swiss guardsmen. Today, they still provide security in the service of the Pope in Rome. 

The exhibition in the rock  

The military fortress was built between 1939 and 1940 and has been modernised time and again up to the present day. At that time, its cannons protected the strategically important Simplon Pass and the Simplon railway tunnel. 

Space for up to 200 men

The fortress, with all its facilities from the kitchen to the detention centre, was like a small underground village that could accommodate a maximum of 200 men. Until 2002, the fortress was considered top secret. Today, the exhibition about the Swiss Guardsmen can be seen in the former ammunition chambers. 

Second hall still in its original state

In the second hall there are endless rows of concrete racks in which the cannons used to be stored. Today, they contain personal items that guardsmen and their relatives gave to the Gardemuseum.

Did you know?

No Swiss municipality has provided more guardsmen over the centuries than the Valais village of Naters.

Admission to the Gardemuseum is free with the newly introduced guest card.
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Without guided tour:
Visits to the museums in the Simplonfestung are possible every Saturday from June to October between 2 - 5 pm.
With guided tour:
Guided tours for groups of ten or more are available daily throughout the year on request.


Museum of the Swiss Guard
3904 Naters

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