Toblerone Trail – a former tank trap

Nyon

Vaulion: Téléski Dent-de

Vaulion: Téléski Dent-de

Le Chenit: Le Sentier 1015m

Le Chenit: Le Sentier 1015m

Saint-Cergue: Basseruche

Saint-Cergue: Basseruche

Saint-Cergue: From Dôle Mt. to West

Saint-Cergue: From Dôle Mt. to West

Saint-Cergue: La Dôle summit

Saint-Cergue: La Dôle summit

Saint-Cergue: Great view of Lake Leman from St. Cerge (Mt. Blanc on left)

Saint-Cergue: Great view of Lake Leman from St. Cerge (Mt. Blanc on left)

Saint-Cergue: La Trélasse

Saint-Cergue: La Trélasse

Saint-Cergue: La Glutte

Saint-Cergue: La Glutte

Château de Bonmont: Dole

Château de Bonmont: Dole

Le Brassus: 1033m

Le Brassus: 1033m

Le Brassus: Col du Marchairuz 1449m

Le Brassus: Col du Marchairuz 1449m

Col du Mollendruz › Nord-Ost

Col du Mollendruz › Nord-Ost

La Cure: St-Cergue - La Givrine

La Cure: St-Cergue - La Givrine

The hike along the "Promenthouse" military defence line is unique as a historical experience, and also because of its unspoilt natural beauty. The "Toblerone Trail" (named after the Swiss chocolate bar) takes its title from the tank traps built during the 1939–45 mobilisation.

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Technical information

Starting point:Nyon, railway station or lake
Destination:Bassins (or Bois au Ministre viewing pulpit)
Getting to the starting point:Car or train to Nyon
Back from the destination:Direct bus from Bassins to Nyon or stop on the railway to St-Cergue (other side of the valley!)
Technique:Easy
Physical fitness:Average
Difference in elevation:To Bassins: 400 m (plus 370 m to the viewing pulpit)
Hiking time:To Bassins: 5h 30m (plus 1h 15m to the viewing pulpit)
Season:March to November (year-round in the plain)
Note:   Bus connections can also be used to walk separate sections of the route.

Description

The famous Toblerone concrete blocks are lined up next to each other over a distance of some 10km from Lake Geneva to the Jura slopes. The route starts in Nyon and leads first to the Swiss National Museum in Prangins Castle. It then continues to the "Golf Club du Domaine Impérial" where the first fortifications can be seen near the lake.

Later on, the route passes the "Villa Rose", a small disused fortress that was disguised as a villa with painted-on curtains – now, it is a small museum with rooms that can also be hired for events.

The route follows the defence line to and beyond Bassins. As well as the tank traps, there are other fortifications and secondary buildings. A walk here gives some idea of the scope of the installations erected in World War II, and an understanding of the strategic considerations behind the layout of the structures on the terrain. As well as enjoying the small nature conservation areas, walkers should also take note of the plants that have now become established on the concrete tank traps.

From Bassins, there is an optional climb for athletic hikers to the viewing pulpit in the Bois au Ministre; the Toblerone tank traps, still preserved today, extended up into the Jura as far as this point.

Tour Overview

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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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