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Balcon des Allobroges

Balcon des Allobroges

Credit : E. Dürr

This walk combines impressive views (Geneva region, Arve Valley) with an exceptional plant life that thrives in the southern microclimate. You'll also see the traces of some of the region's oldest inhabitants!
On the way, there is a breathtaking view of the Geneva region and Arve Valley. You'll be close to the site of the Allobroges encampment (an old hillfort on the Petit Salève which was of military importance in Gallo-Roman times and of commercial importance at a later period). Plants typical of southern regions, such as orchids. In Monnetier-Mornex, you'll see the old weather station, the old station of the Salève funicular railway (now the Town Hall), and hotels and boarding houses dating from the 19th century, as well as the Ermitage castle. En route, at Mornex, you will discover the plaque to Wagner and Ruskin, famous people who stayed at the Pavillon des Glycines.

3.5 km
1 h 30 mn
1 h 30 mn
max. 896 m
min. 682 m
220 m
220 m

Altimetric profile

Starting point

Point de départ: Parking de l'église de Monnetier
74560 Monnetier-Mornex
Lat : 46.1605Lng : 6.20683
0 m
10 d

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Open period

All year round.

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Office de Tourisme des Monts de Genève - 12/10/2018
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Monnetier-Mornex is home to the magnificent Hermitage Castle. In Mornex, you'll see a plaque commemorating Wagner and Ruskin who stayed in the Pavillon des Glycines (famous people). On the Grand Salève, take the cable car for a truly breathtaking view. There is also a botany trail with, again, some magnificent views of Lake Geneva and the city.

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