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Montée des Glières
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This extremely steep road is a favourite climb among local cyclists. At the top, it emerges from the forest into open pastures, only to stop 2 km before the pass and the road from Thorens.
- GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
- Points of interest
1 Bonneville City Hall
Alternating stone and coloured render provide character to the facade.
The entrance hall is home to three historic pieces:
• The original bas-relief original (replaced by a copy) which decorated the pedestal of the Charles-Félix column (see “column” for details)
• A drill which served to tunnel under the Mont Cenis for the railway, invented by Germain Sommeiller, an engineer from the Haute-Savoie (born in Saint Jeoire).
• A stone that came from the Bastille when it was demolished. The patriot Palloy, entrepreneur-architect in charge of the prison’s demolition, gave it to the district of Cluses on the 1st January 1793. A plan of the fortress is framed and displayed above the stone.
On the left of the town hall's rear door, you will notice a stained-glass window depicting the coat of arms of both Bonneville and Staufen, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the French-German twinning which dates back to 1963.
2 Maison des Têtes
C'est un émigrant de Bavière ou d'Autriche qui est à l'origine de la décoration de la façade, avec des encadrements de fenêtres aux 4 masques comiques. (le grognon grimaçant, le dépité au long nez, le coléreux, l’homme à mufle de lion).
Ils font un vif contraste avec les charmantes créatures du 2e étage. Dans un encadrement baroque noir, aux courbes élégantes, ce sont quatre jeunes femmes, à la chevelure soignée, au visage fardé, au décolleté généreux.
3 The Europe Bridge
Between 1863 and 1866, it was replaced by the current bridge which was created by engineers, Deglin and Vivenot.
It was named "Pont de l'Europe" to mark the visit to Bonneville of Valérie Giscard d’Estaing in 1989, during the European election campaign. Downstream, it is replicated by a second bridge, built in 2010, with irregular guy wires, the elegant silhouette of which has already become a feature of Bonneville's architectural heritage.
4 Column of Charles Félix
The bas-relief is a copy that was created in Savoie blue marble in 2012 by Béatrice Sassone Bouvet. It represents the embodiment of the river Arve, represented as a nymph clothed in classic-style robes, half lying in the reeds and held chained by her ankles and both arms. In the background, the mountain decor gives space for Charles-Félix's monogram at the centre of a wreath of oak and laurel leaves.
5 Plateau des Glières
The pass is situated at an altitude of 1,440 m, the Plateau des Glières offers a number of activities. In fact, it is the key meeting place for passionate Nordic skiers in winter, and hikers in summer.
In winter, snowshoeing is common, and a toboggan slope is set up each year children.
Caving activity is also popular, with some fifteen cavities of over 150 metres deep identified on Les Frêtes. The deepest cavity of which we are currently aware on the Plateau des Glières is the Tanne à Paccot, also known as the "hole of the A2". Its estimated depth is around 400 metres.
History lovers will be able to devote themselves to guided tours to discover - or supplement their knowledge of - the events that took place on the plateau during the Second World War that made it a centre of resistance. There is also a discovery trail, to learn while enjoying nature.
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