Emosson – railways and reservoir

Le Châtelard / Martigny

Four scenic railways lead to the Emosson reservoir. And adventure commences in Martigny, on through the cut out Trient Valley, finally arriving at the 180 meter-high dam walls.

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Châtelard is the starting point of the "Parc d'Attraction" - and the former working railway from 1919 holds the world record as far as steep climbs are concerned (87 percent ascent) in the realm of two-carriage funicular railways. The solely 60 centimeter-wide small train to follow appears a toy in comparison. And the so-called Minifunic railway to the crowning dam is a mix between funicular rail and a lift.

Up here views over Trient and the Mont-Blanc region are truly impressive - and the return journey on the same line to Le Châtelard, or by bus from Lac d'Emosson to Finhaut offers more scenic enjoyment.

ATTENTION: The three railways from Le Châtelard to the dam of Emosson are currently closed.

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Altitude: 1965m
Accessibility:
"Mont Blanc-Express" train from Martigny or Vernayaz via Salvan, Les Marécottes and Finhaut to Le Châtelard; funicular rail, narrow gauge railway and inclined lift to the dam wall
View: Over Switzerland’s Trient region with Aiguilles du Tour and Aiguille du Chardonnet, across to Aiguille Verte and the Mont Blanc
Attractions: "Parc d'Attraction du Châtelard"railways, views of the Mont-Blanc massif, 250 million-year-old dinosaur tracks (2.5 hour hike)
Culinary aspects: Les Montuires mid station: Restaurant with 30 indoor seats, 40 outdoors
Restaurant Stausee: Valais specialities
Cabane du Vieux Emosson
Overnight stays: Barrage: Large 60-place dormitory
Cabane du Viewx Emosson: 2 dormitories with total 28 sleeping places
Groups: Restaurant du Barrage d'Emosson: 230 places
Winter: Operations solely in summer
Special comments: Reopening in 2014 following extensive renovation of the funicular railway

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