Circuit découverte : La vallée du Giffre et le Cirque du Fer à Cheval
Road in Annemasse
Warning: Unsecured hours
Difference in height
- 2711 m
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- Points of interest
1 Ecomusée Paysalp
2 Chartreuse de Mélan
Built in the 13th century, the Chartreuse de Mélan was a monastery for nuns of the Carthusian order until the French Revolution. It became a school in 1804. In 1906 it was acquired by the Department of Haute-Savoie and was converted into an orphanage in 1923. A fire in 1967 destroyed most of the buildings, taking 18 victims.
Today, only the church, the cloister, and the old farm remain standing. A blend of medieval simplicity and contemporary art, the site pairs the austere architecture and partially preserved frescoes of the church with a sculpture park.
3 Peal of bells at Taninges and harmonium museum
4 St Jean-Baptiste Church of Taninges
The facade of the building looks austere with few ornaments, but inside there is a profusion of decoration : paintings on the vault and pillars, stalls, carved wood and multicolored stained glasses.
The visitor will visit a religious building and will discover how the jacquemarde population was decorating its churches there during the XIXth century.
5 Samoëns Tourist Office
- To provide you with the information you need to make your stay in our village resort a success.
- To assist you in your search for accommodation and to direct you to the service provider(s) likely to be able to help you.
Our reception service offers you the following services:
- Registration for free events offered by the tourist office
- Sale of posters and goodies with the Samoëns logo
- Provision of documentation on the resort's surroundings.
- Sale of hiking maps and snowshoeing routes.
- Sale of fishing permits
6 The Cascade du Rouget
7 Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval church
8 Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Abbaye
The abbey established the foundations of agropastoralism, allowing many generations of Savoie-dwellers living in harsh conditions to gradually adapt to necessary developments. Relations between the abbey and the villagers were complex. Although they did not clear the valley as it is often thought, the canons did at least contribute to its enhancement. Sold as national property, the cloistral buildings were partly acquired by Albanis Beaumont, an engineer who wanted to relaunch the mining activity. The other part remained the property of the Cochet innkeepers who, in 1821, boasted "the region's best inn". Purchased at the end of the 19th century by the Rannaud family, the abbey then became the Hôtel du Fer à Cheval et de l'Abbaye. The abbatial structure was acquired by the Department in the year 2000.
Art and culture section of the council of the Department of Haute-Savoie
9 Bureau des Guides de Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval
This is the spirit that guides the Guides of Sixt Fer-à-Cheval.
It is part of the tradition of the third oldest Guides de France company, founded in 1865 in Sixt.
Here for you whatever your project, in these mountains or others around the world.
10 Fer-à-Cheval Chalet Restaurant
11 Fer-à-Cheval Cirque
12 The 30 waterfalls of the Cirque du Fer à Cheval
If you begin at the bar/restaurant at Plan des Lacs and look towards the Pic de Tenneverge, you'll see two notable waterfalls below the Corne du Chamois: la Meridienne , and to the right of that, la Pierrette. This is also called la Fontaine de l'Or and is one of the highest. Further to the right, on the cliffs of Le Fer a Cheval, are other waterfalls, for example the Joaton, Pissevache, the Lyre (one of the most beautiful), and the Genette. Even further to the right are le Saint-Jacques, la Citerne, le Folly, and la Massue waterfalls.
Going in to the Fond de la Combe valley, to the left of the Corne du Chamois, there are many other waterfalls such as le Rejon, la Cage, la Scie, le Violon, and la Gouille.
Leaving Fer a Cheval and following the Giffre downstream youi'll find the village of Le Brairet between Le Molliet and Les Curtets. Above this is Le Dard waterfall.
13 Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval / Passy Nature Reserve
From the forests to the highest peaks, approximately 800 plant species have been recorded in the nature reserve, including 28 different orchids! Sixt forest is dominated by beech and spruce, but only the most compatible plants can be found in the mountain pastures.
Because the habitat changes with the altitude, there is a huge diversity of animal species: deer, wild boar, marmot, mountain hare, etc.. Wild animals thrive in the tranquillity of the nature reserve: ibex, bearded vulture, rock ptarmigan and royal eagle.
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- 2711 meters of difference in height