"Parc d'Attractions du Chatelard" Le Châtelard Things to Do Tip by smirnofforiginal

Le Châtelard Things to Do: 1 reviews and 2 photos

   
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  • Parc d'Attractions du Chatelard - Le Châtelard
  • it's a lot steeper than it looks - Le Châtelard
      it's a lot steeper than it looks
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Start by boarding thr Chatelard funicular. This is the steepest slope funicular in the world with 87% difference in altitude in 700meters, in 12 minutes. Photos just cannot convey just how steep this is; in places almost vertical. Just when you think it cannot possibly get any steeper.... it does and then you stop so that extra weight can be added to the funicular to help the pully system.

At the top you're at Chateau d'Eau (but don't expect an impressive fortress!) where you get to see a short film (and for those of you in interested in it or with children... it really is short). Then it's time to board Le Petit Train Panoramique for some absolutely spectacular views and scenery, including views across to Mont Blanc and the Bouqui Canyons, en route to the base of Emosson Dam which is 1931m above sea level. NB The Petit Train is just that - each carriage manages (just) to seat 2 people and if you do not have a head for heights -do not sit on the cliff side. Trust me, you are a very long way up and in many places it is very sheer drop down, not helped when the mist swirls in!

To get to Lake (Dam) Emosson, once you get off The Petit Train you must jump on a the mini-funic and as everything else on this trip - if you fear heights...DON'T LOOK DOWN! The mini-funic goes 140m vertical height in 2 minutes.. you feel as though you are disappearing in to the heavens and wonder how much higher you can go!

Emosson holds a staggering 225million cube meters and, as I mentioned, this is at 1931m above sea level - quite impressive! It's a very lovely sight but, on the day we were there we got to view it for 3 minutes and in that short space of time it went from clear visiblity to very very thick mountain mist.

There is a dinosaur trail which we started on and I should imagine in good weather it would be wonderful. However, the mist was like pea-soup and we couldn't see a thing. Even though we were on a vague track we started to get a bit concerned about finding our way back so we quit whilst we were ahead.

Directions: Look on a map - it's just around the corner from Chamonix, really. It is such a fab day out & such a great place (and few visitors???) that you HAVE to find it, you really do!

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  • Updated Apr 29, 2007
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