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“Lovely gorge with interesting rock formations”

Gorges du Pont du Diable
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in La Vernaz
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

While visiting the eagle park in Sciez, I came across a brochure for this gorge located up in the mountains. I had not heard of it before but apparently it is one of the top ten tourist attractions in the Haute Savoie with over 50,000 visitors every summer.

It is about 58 km from Geneva or an hours drive. You are accompanied by a guide for the visit and it takes between 40-50 minutes to walk through. Some of this may have got lost in translation (lost on my part I mean and not the guide who did a fabulous job translating into English for us), but the devil's bridge was formed when an avalanche fell onto the frozen river and when the ice melted the rocks were left there forming a bridge. These interesting rock formations have been a tourist attraction since the 1890s and the remains of the original viewing platforms can still be seen today.

There's lots of stairs involved in visiting the gorge but it is manageable even for those who are not as mobile as they might once have been as there are plenty of handrails.

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

We visited on an amazingly hot day which made the coolness of the gorge very welcome. Its not a place for people with mobility problems as you park the car by the road near the visitor centre and then have one heck of a walk steeply down a zig-zag path to the gorge entrance and more difficult still, a steep hike back up when you come back out. As a previous reviewer said, those who are somewhat unfit (I count myself here) or the young/elderly just need to pace themselves in both directions. There are benches at various points so just stop and sit for a few minutes and have a rest. Its certainly something to be aware of when buying your ticket at the top in time for the next tour... there was an elderly chap who didn't make it down the slope in time for the tour we went on and I don't feel this explained very well at the top. Even a picture showing there is a steep walk up and down could help people decide if they want to go down or how long it might take them as its too late once you've bought a ticket. Allow yourself plenty of time if required and go for a later tour.

They give you information sheets when you get down to the gorge entrance if you are not fluent in French. Through the gate is a very narrow metal stairway to get down inside the gorge. Its spectacular inside, amazing rock formations.

Definitely worth a visit.

Thank eddi72
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Between Thonon and Morzine, a nice stop. Decent short walk steep downhill, then a tour through the gorge, then a walk back up to the road. Unfit or young/old people may need a break or two on the way up. Newish bar/cafe, toilets and shop.

Thank kmcmt
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Geologically and visually fascinating formations.One


need to be sure footed and have a head for heights

Thank Christine J
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

We really enjoyed our visit here. There are a lot of steps to manoeuvre but the gorge is impressive. The whole tour takes about an hour and was well worth the trip.

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