A mountain village, between the Simplon Pass and the border between Switzerland and Italy
Gondo is a Swiss mountain village between the Simplon Pass and the border between Switzerland and Italy. Gondo belongs to the municipality of Zwischbergen (also called Zwischbergen-Gondo). Ruden, the old German name of Gondo, comes from the Indo-European word “Rudaz”, which means "hour".
The village was severely damaged on 14th October 2000 by a landslide which took 13 lives. Subsequently, it was rebuilt and rededicated on 14th October 2004. Before the disaster of 2000, the village had about 160 inhabitants; in 2007 there were still 80 living there. In 2007 the local school was closed due to the small number of children living in Gondo. Since then they had to go to school in Simplon village. The village lives mainly thanks to passing traffic and trade in tobacco and petroleum products. Thanks to the Stockalperturm, newly rebuilt, the gold mine and numerous hiking trails, the village offers many opportunities for tourism.