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🕸️ Saint-Maurice Fairy’s Cave

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2016 Sept, Excursions
  • Date de Visite
    17.09.2017
  • Création
    1864
  • Fréquentation
    25'000 (2011)
  • GPS
    46.22350 7.00128

Fairy’s Cave


The fairy’s cave is a water-dug cavity in which there is a small lake with a waterfall. It is located on the heights of the city of Saint-Maurice and accessible by a tunnel in the rock.

A path leads around the small lake.
A path leads around the small lake of the fairy's cave in Saint-Maurice

Access


Free parking is available. A 15-minute uphill walk along a path in the forest is required to reach the fairy’s cave.

An advertising paint above the nearest car park to the fairy’s cave.
An advertising paint above the nearest car park to the fairy's cave.

The visit


The visit begins at the entrance to the tunnel at the fairy’s cave restaurant, which acts as a ticket office and offers a small playground.

The entrance to the cave and the ticket office.
The entrance to the fairy's cave and the ticket office.

The entrance fees are as follows:

  • Adult: 10 francs
  • Child: 7 francs

A tunnel about 500 metres long dug by water and widened to make it easier for visitors to travel leads to a magical lake in which a waterfall several dozen metres high flows. A path allows you to walk around the lake with wooden footbridges in an environment at a temperature of about 10 degrees.

The 75 m² lake and its waterfall offer a rather surprising spectacle and the visitor will be impressed by the nature that has shaped this environment right in the rock of the mountain.

The waterfall falling into the lake and the path along the walls of the fairy’s cave.
The waterfall falling into the lake and the path along the walls of the fairy's cave.

Military fortifications


Next to the fairy cave there are numerous military fortifications dating back to several eras due to the particular position of the site at the Saint-Maurice glacial lock, a tightening of the Rhone Valley.

The environment around the entrance of the fairy’s cave.
The environment around the entrance of the fairy's cave.

The castle


Built in the 15th century, the Château de Saint-Maurice is the first major structure to control the tightening of the Rhône Valley. It also acted as customs agent with the canton of Berne when the latter occupied the region from 1476 to 1798.

For several centuries the only path along the Rhone passed through the inside of the castle. Later, a road was built along the river.
For several centuries the only path along the Rhone passed through the inside of the saint-maurice castle. Later, a road was built along the river.

The castle, next to which we pass at the beginning of the ascent to the fairy’s cave from the car park, houses a small part on the history of this monument and a large temporary exhibition renewed every year on the world of comics.

The Dufour fortifications


The Dufour Tower is a non-visitable structure that was part of the military fortifications built in several stages during the 19th century. It takes its name from General Dufour (1787-1875), a prominent figure in modern Switzerland and winner of the Sonderbung War, a war between the Catholic and Protestant cantons in 1847.

The Dufour Tower on the way to the entrance of the fairy’s cave.
The Dufour Tower on the way to the entrance of the fairy's cave.

The forts


The gallery leading to the fairy’s cave is the entry point of two military forts that can be visited in the area of the Saint-Maurice fortress and facing Fort Dailly.

At the same time as visiting one of the forts, you can enjoy a walk through the fairy’s cave.

An artillery gun with its shell at Cindey Fort.
An artillery gun with its shell at Cindey Fort.

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