1 Rhone Route
1 Rhone Route

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Rhone Route

Stage 5, Martigny–Montreux

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Rhone Route

From the heights, a round tower guards Martigny on its bend in the Rhone. At the valley’s narrowest point, St-Maurice guards golden church treasures. High mountains and lowlands, Lac Léman hidden behind reeds and defiant Schloss Chillon on the water.
Nestling between vineyards and forests, the little old town of Martigny marks the intersection of major roads: to Lake Geneva, the Simplon Pass, Savoy and Piedmont. It is also the home of «Barry», the St. Bernard rescue dog; this breed has its origins at the Great St. Bernard Pass. Besides hydroelectric plants, large wind turbines supply power to Valais. The windmills quietly turn, casting a moving shadow on the ground when the sun shines.

The nature reserve near Evionnaz provides an unspoilt environment for frogs, wagtails, kingfishers, great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches. Large, hairy caterpillars can often be seen crossing the cycle path; soon they will explore their world as butterflies. The route then narrows in Saint-Maurice. The local abbey, whose treasures include exceptional examples of medieval goldsmithery, is one of Switzerland’s great art history attractions. Alternatively, you could leave the art aside and treat yourself to a fondue or raclette with a delicious white wine.

The «Chablais» region begins outside Saint-Maurice and stretches to Bouveret, where the Rhone flows into Lake Geneva. Chablais forms part of Valais to the west of the river and Vaud to the east. Cycling here has a relaxing effect. The paths are so carefully asphalted, it feels like flowing with the river: just one reason why lots of cyclists can be seen in fine weather. Many of them are elderly men taking a leisurely spin. Another meeting place for riders is the Rhone bridge at the Passerelle des Grangettes. The area around the small nearby lake is even known as «la Petite Camargue». After a pleasurable ride through the nature reserve with its rich biodiversity, your eye is suddenly drawn by the blue waters of Lake Geneva. The peaceful atmosphere soon vanishes and you’ll have to take care on the roads. Large numbers of tourists have also realised how beautiful this place is and it seems like nobody wants to miss Chillon Castle. The same goes for Montreux, where countless visitors come to enjoy the beauty of Lake Geneva.
From the heights, a round tower guards Martigny on its bend in the Rhone. At the valley’s narrowest point, St-Maurice guards golden church treasures. High mountains and lowlands, Lac Léman hidden behind reeds and defiant Schloss Chillon on the water.
Nestling between vineyards and forests, the little old town of Martigny marks the intersection of major roads: to Lake Geneva, the Simplon Pass, Savoy and Piedmont. It is also the home of «Barry», the St. Bernard rescue dog; this breed has its origins at the Great St. Bernard Pass. Besides hydroelectric plants, large wind turbines supply power to Valais. The windmills quietly turn, casting a moving shadow on the ground when the sun shines.

The nature reserve near Evionnaz provides an unspoilt environment for frogs, wagtails, kingfishers, great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches. Large, hairy caterpillars can often be seen crossing the cycle path; soon they will explore their world as butterflies. The route then narrows in Saint-Maurice. The local abbey, whose treasures include exceptional examples of medieval goldsmithery, is one of Switzerland’s great art history attractions. Alternatively, you could leave the art aside and treat yourself to a fondue or raclette with a delicious white wine.

The «Chablais» region begins outside Saint-Maurice and stretches to Bouveret, where the Rhone flows into Lake Geneva. Chablais forms part of Valais to the west of the river and Vaud to the east. Cycling here has a relaxing effect. The paths are so carefully asphalted, it feels like flowing with the river: just one reason why lots of cyclists can be seen in fine weather. Many of them are elderly men taking a leisurely spin. Another meeting place for riders is the Rhone bridge at the Passerelle des Grangettes. The area around the small nearby lake is even known as «la Petite Camargue». After a pleasurable ride through the nature reserve with its rich biodiversity, your eye is suddenly drawn by the blue waters of Lake Geneva. The peaceful atmosphere soon vanishes and you’ll have to take care on the roads. Large numbers of tourists have also realised how beautiful this place is and it seems like nobody wants to miss Chillon Castle. The same goes for Montreux, where countless visitors come to enjoy the beauty of Lake Geneva.
48 km
Asphalted: 47 km
Natural surface: 1 km
190 m | 260 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Martigny
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Hints

Hint
Beware: in good weather a strong wind blows up the valley in the afternoon in the Valais.

General safety

Hint
Beware: don’t touch wild-growing giant hogweed, it causes blisters in sunny weather.

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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Evionnaz–St.Maurice.
Diversion, Illarsaz
Duration
15.05.2021 - 24.09.2021
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The Illarsaz footbridge (Rhone bridge) is not passable due to construction work. The route is being diverted. Attention: road with high traffic load and no cycling infrastructure. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Bypass Bouveret–Vevey
15
Bypass Bouveret–Vevey
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Bouveret (lac)–Vevey-Marché (lac)
or
Vevey-Marché (lac)–Bouveret CGN (lac)
Reason: dangerous stretch, main road.
Cycle transport: limited space for bikes, no obligation to transport, special ticket required.
SBB Timetable
Bypass Villeneuve–Vevey
16
Bypass Villeneuve–Vevey
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Villeneuve–Vevey
or
Vevey–Villeneuve
Reason: Dangerous stretch, main road.
SBB Timetable
Diversion, Monthey
Duration
27.07.2021 - 31.12.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
Please note the local signposts. Details see map.
Data source: Swiss Hiking Federation and Cantonal hiking associations

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Montreux
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Alpes & Rhône
Hotel Alpes & Rhône
Martigny
Martigny Boutique Hôtel
Martigny Boutique Hôtel
Martigny
TCS Camping Martigny
TCS Camping Martigny
Martigny
Hôtel-Pension Beau-Site
Hôtel-Pension Beau-Site
Chemin
Rêves Gourmands Hôtellerie & Gastronomie
Rêves Gourmands Hôtellerie & Gastronomie
Vernayaz
Hôtel-Café-Restaurant La Dent-du-Midi
Hôtel-Café-Restaurant La Dent-du-Midi
St-Maurice
Hôtellerie Franciscaine
Hôtellerie Franciscaine
St-Maurice
Ferme Le Tourne-Sol
Ferme Le Tourne-Sol
Bex
La Petite Auberge Baabuk
La Petite Auberge Baabuk
Vouvry
Refuge du Grammont
Refuge du Grammont
Miex
Hotel du Port
Hotel du Port
Villeneuve VD
Auberge de Jeunesse Montreux-Territet
Auberge de Jeunesse Montreux-Territet
Montreux
Hôtel Helvétie
Hôtel Helvétie
Montreux
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Bookable offers

1 Rhone Route
1 Rhone Route
1 Rhone Route: Stroll Tour
1 Rhone Route: Stroll Tour
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Places

Martigny
Martigny
St-Maurice
St-Maurice
Bex
Bex
Monthey
Monthey
Aigle
Aigle
Villeneuve VD
Villeneuve VD
Montreux
Montreux
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Places of interest

Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Barryland
Barryland
La Bâtiaz Castle
La Bâtiaz Castle
The Gorges of Durnand
The Gorges of Durnand
The Trient Gorge
The Trient Gorge
«Pissevache» waterfall
«Pissevache» waterfall
Labyrinthe Aventure
Labyrinthe Aventure
Abbey Saint-Maurice
Abbey Saint-Maurice
Fairies'Cave
Fairies'Cave
The old mills of the Tine
The old mills of the Tine
Castle of Aigle
Castle of Aigle
Swiss Vapeur Parc
Swiss Vapeur Parc
Les Grangettes
Les Grangettes
Chillon Castle
Chillon Castle
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Swimming

Aquaparc Le Bouveret
Aquaparc Le Bouveret
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