Lake Emosson, Switzerland

Four scenic railways lead to the Emosson reservoir. And adventure commences in Martigny, on through the cut out Trient Valley, finally arriving at the 180 meter-high dam walls.

Châtelard is the starting point of the “Parc d’Attraction” – and the former working railway from 1919 holds the world record as far as steep climbs are concerned (87 percent ascent) in the realm of two-carriage funicular railways. The solely 60 centimeter-wide small train to follow appears a toy in comparison. And the so-called Minifunic railway to the crowning dam is a mix between funicular rail and a lift.

Up here views over Trient and the Mont-Blanc region are truly impressive – and the return journey on the same line to Le Châtelard, or by bus from Lac d’Emosson to Finhaut offers more scenic enjoyment.

Visit Switzerland. Epic Switzerland Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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