171 Route des Châteaux et Maisons fortes
171 Route des Châteaux et Maisons fortes

Cycling in Switzerland

Route des Châteaux et Maisons fortes

Route des Châteaux et Maisons fortes

Genève, Eaux-Vives–Meinier–Jussy –Genève, Eaux-Vives

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Route des Châteaux et Maisons fortes

Route des Châteaux et Maisons fortes

From the Eaux-Vives railway station, this route leads to the Geneva countryside and runs along several castles and fortified houses on the left bank of Lake Geneva. Varied and pleasant, the route uses mainly quiet roads with little traffic. Through fields and fruit trees, it winds through picturesque villages.
The route sets off in an urban area from the Eaux-Vives railway station, one of the main stops of the CEVA line, a cross-border rail link that connects Cornavin station, Geneva's main train station, to Annemasse in nearby France. The itinerary carries on between luxurious country houses dwellings of the villages of Cologny and Collonges-Bellerive. In Cologny, the El Masr Castle - El Masr means «the Egyptian» - is a multicultural and neo-Tudor style castle. Currently inhabited, it cannot be visited; neither can the fortified house called «Château de Vésenaz» located in the center of Vésenaz.

After going through the villages of Vésenaz and Vandoeuvres, the route leads to the Geneva countryside. It runs next to the ruins of the Castle of Rouelbeau. This medieval site, restored in 2016 and updated with a lot of information, is worth visiting. A few kilometers later, the cycle tourist comes across the Fortified House Adda in Meinier (Corsinge) and in particular the Castle of Crest in Jussy. The latter, built in the 13th century and destroyed in the 16th century was rebuilt again in the early 17th century. Today, this castle is a renowned winery and agricultural sector. It is run by a foundation.

Through fields and fruit trees, the route winds through the picturesque villages of Presinge, Choulex, and Puplinge. From there, it goes back to the Geneva area and eventually returns to the starting point, the Eaux-Vives train station. You may travel the cycle route in both directions. The one described proceeds clockwise and is the usual direction of travel.
From the Eaux-Vives railway station, this route leads to the Geneva countryside and runs along several castles and fortified houses on the left bank of Lake Geneva. Varied and pleasant, the route uses mainly quiet roads with little traffic. Through fields and fruit trees, it winds through picturesque villages.
The route sets off in an urban area from the Eaux-Vives railway station, one of the main stops of the CEVA line, a cross-border rail link that connects Cornavin station, Geneva's main train station, to Annemasse in nearby France. The itinerary carries on between luxurious country houses dwellings of the villages of Cologny and Collonges-Bellerive. In Cologny, the El Masr Castle - El Masr means «the Egyptian» - is a multicultural and neo-Tudor style castle. Currently inhabited, it cannot be visited; neither can the fortified house called «Château de Vésenaz» located in the center of Vésenaz.

After going through the villages of Vésenaz and Vandoeuvres, the route leads to the Geneva countryside. It runs next to the ruins of the Castle of Rouelbeau. This medieval site, restored in 2016 and updated with a lot of information, is worth visiting. A few kilometers later, the cycle tourist comes across the Fortified House Adda in Meinier (Corsinge) and in particular the Castle of Crest in Jussy. The latter, built in the 13th century and destroyed in the 16th century was rebuilt again in the early 17th century. Today, this castle is a renowned winery and agricultural sector. It is run by a foundation.

Through fields and fruit trees, the route winds through the picturesque villages of Presinge, Choulex, and Puplinge. From there, it goes back to the Geneva area and eventually returns to the starting point, the Eaux-Vives train station. You may travel the cycle route in both directions. The one described proceeds clockwise and is the usual direction of travel.
32 km | 1 Stage
Asphalted: 32 km
Natural surface: 0 km
320 m | 320 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Genève-Eaux-Vives, gare
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Contact

Genève Tourisme
Rue du Mont-Blanc 18
1201 Genève
Tel. +41 (0)22 909 70 00
info@geneve.com
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Accommodation

Geneva Hostel
Geneva Hostel
Genève
City Hostel Geneva
City Hostel Geneva
Genève
Hôtel Montana
Hôtel Montana
Genève
TCS Camping Genève - Vésenaz
TCS Camping Genève - Vésenaz
Vésenaz
BnB Les Murailles
BnB Les Murailles
Meinier
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Geneva
Geneva
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Places of interest

Flower Clock
Flower Clock
Musée et Institut Voltaire
Musée et Institut Voltaire
United Nations Building
United Nations Building
International Museum of the Reformation
International Museum of the Reformation
International Red Cross Museum
International Red Cross Museum
Jet d'eau (water fountain)
Jet d'eau (water fountain)
Maison Tavel
Maison Tavel
Place du Bourg-de-Four
Place du Bourg-de-Four
Reformation Wall
Reformation Wall
St-Peter's Cathedral
St-Peter's Cathedral
Town Hall
Town Hall
Old Carouge
Old Carouge
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