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Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark

Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark

The remarkable environment of the Chablais impregnates the life and culture of its people. The strong links between man and the Earth can be seen through its mountain traditions, buildings, natural resources and legends …
This unique landscape tells a story which spans 245 million years. Before the mountains there was the Alpine Ocean. The future rocks of the Chablais were laid down as sediments in this ocean. When the Alps were formed, the rocks were moved, uplifted, fractured and folded. Glaciers then sculpted these stunning landscapes.

Contact

2 rue des Allobroges
Square Voltaire
BP 33
74200 THONON-LES-BAINS

Website: http://www.geopark-chablais.com

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  • Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark
  • Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark
  • Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark
  • Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark

Equipements

  • Themed path

Services

  • Unguided individual tours

Prices

Free of charge.

Dates and opening hours

From 01/01 to 31/12.

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Lake Vallon

Created by a landslide in 1943, lake Vallon keeps secrets steeped in history. The lake, standing in the shadow of Roc d'Enfer between mountains and forests, delights walkers and anglers ( a haven for trout).

Chilly Marsh

Chilly Marsh

Created by the Rhone Glacier, the Chilly Marsh is home to many plant and animal species typical of this habitat. From the walkways you can admire the birds which nest in diverse habitats of the marsh

Vouas of Lyaud

Vouas of Lyaud

Behind the simple appeal of this lake lies its unusual and ancient origin, one that dates to the last great glacial retreat. Here you can observe carnivorous
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Geosite "Maravant Marsh"

Geosite "Maravant Marsh"

As for the hundreds of wetlands found on the Plateau de Gavot, the origins of this marsh are due to the Rhone Glacier. Today it has a specific ecosystem that shelters plants protected by national legislation.

Géological site : Plagnes lake

Géological site : Plagnes lake

The path around the lake takes you through landscapes that have succeeded for 20 000 years.

Geosite "Chateau of Allinges"

Geosite "Chateau of Allinges"

Discover the medieval story of the two neighboring yet rival castles : New Castle and Old Castle. The views tell of an even older story that stretches from the Alpine Sea to the Rhone Glacier.

Geosite "Mont Benand"

Geosite "Mont Benand"

The excursion offers several view points. These landscapes which have formed by tectonics and erosion, have also been shaped by the hand of man through forestry, farming, building ...

Geosite of the "Drunken Forest"

Geosite of the "Drunken Forest"

While learning to draw with the rando-sketch, you will discover the traces of the old glacial barrier lake, its clays, its drunken forest ... but also the works of art built since the 1930s.

Géosite "Chateau of Ripaille"

Géosite "Chateau of Ripaille"

By taking this path will come to know of this residence of dukes and its vineyards. Continue your discovery by visiting the Chateau of Ripaille.

Geosite of "Lac des Ecoles"

Geosite of "Lac des Ecoles"

The trail of discovery of the Boittets wetland offers a beautiful discovery of the stakes of water in mountains. From peatlands, fragile habitat of protected species, to the articifial "Lac des Ecoles", your walk will be done in an aquatic way

Vallée d'Aulps

Vallée d'Aulps

Unspoilt and wild, the Vallée d’Aulps is home to many natural wonders. On skis, bike on foot, on a horse or a paraglider, or even with a fishing rod in your hands, there’s a special way to explore every corner of our valley!

Slate Mine Morzine

Slate Mine Morzine

With the help of a large selection of photos, discover the history of the slate mines in Morzine. Since slate was first discovered within the Alpine valley until the first extraction by the locals.

Tréchauffé viewpoint

The magnificient viewpoint at Tréchauffé affords a panorama that stretches from Switzerland to France. Here you can penetrate the story of Evian mineral water, and by taking a stroll you can also discover a traditional high summer farm known as an "alpage".