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Tour description

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. 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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Places along the route: Genf - Aire-la-Ville - Cartigny - La Plaine


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Tour history (B13041)

First published: Montag, 15. September 2014

Last updated: Donnerstag, 25. September 2014

Tour published by: Presented by www.myswitzerland.com

Tour characteristics

Distance: 21.6 km | Time requirement: 5¾ h
Ascent: 232 m | Descent: 260 m
Highest point: 431 m.a.s.l.

Difficulty T1 Hiking

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