Sentier du Rhône: From the city on the Rhone River

Genève - La Plaine

Tunnel 2

Tunnel 2

Tunnel 3

Tunnel 3

Tunnel 4

Tunnel 4

La Terrasse

La Terrasse

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

A1 - Perly

A1 - Perly

Pont de la Machine

Pont de la Machine

A1 - Dir Perly

A1 - Dir Perly

Route de Meyrin

Route de Meyrin

A1 - Meyrin dir. Lausanne

A1 - Meyrin dir. Lausanne

Tunnel 1

Tunnel 1

Genève City

Genève City

This walk starts in the heart of Geneva, passing through a particularly charming corner of the city on its way to the Rhone and out into the countryside. For long stretches it follows the river bank, which is home to over seventy animal species and is one of the best protected areas in Switzerland.

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Technical information

Starting point:Geneva
Destination:La Plaine
Getting to the starting point:train to Geneva
Getting to the destination:train from La Plaine
Technique:easy
Physical fitness:medium
Length:20km
Hiking time:5h00
Season:January till December

Description

For the best view, make a detour and take 175 steps in your stride: The panoramic view over the city of Geneva from the tower of the famous medieval cathedral of St. Pierre makes the climb more than worth while.

The trail then takes you past one of the most interesting buildings in the city: The "Bâtiment des Forces Motrices". In the middle of the river before the Coulouvrenière Bridge, this imposing cultural centre is "afloat" in "Beaux Arts" style. The former hydroelectric power plant was once the flagship of industry in Geneva and supplied thousands of homes with drinking water and electricity for a hundred years. In 1980 it was shut down and transformed into a cultural and arts centre with theatre, opera and exhibition spaces.

This is where the Rhone Trail starts. It then follows the left bank, while hugging the vineyards on the sunny south facing slopes to its right. On through magical riverside woodlands from Aire-la-Ville to Cartigny, from where a bridge takes you over the river and to the railway station of La Plaine.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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