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🚂 Verticalp

Address
Route du Châtelard 6, 1925 Le Châtelard VS
Phone 1
Keyword
2016 Aug, Excursions
  • Date de Visite
    08.08.2016
  • Fréquentation
    50'000 (2018)
  • GPS
    46.061455 6.58294

Verticalp


Verticalp is a series of three rail installations linking Châtelard-Frontière to the Emosson dam in the municipality of Finhaut in Valais. It was previously called the Châtelard amusement park. Châtelard-Frontière can be reached by car but also with the Mont-Blanc Express train.

The three rail installations are as follows:

  1. Châtelard funicular
  2. Little panoramic train
  3. Minifunic

An advertising poster on Verticalp, an attraction that reaches more than 50,000 visitors in 2018.
An advertising poster on Verticalp, an attraction that reaches more than 50,000 visitors in 2018.

Weather


Access


Small paying car park right in front of the CFF factory in Châtelard-Frontière.

Routes


The route of the 2 funiculars of Verticalp are shown below. They are part of the 13 funiculars open to the public in French-speaking Switzerland.

1st facility: Châtelard funicular


This is a standard funicular with about 60 seats. It connects the CFF power plant in Châtelard-Frontière (1125 m) to the place called Les Montuires (1825 m). It is one of the steepest funiculars in Switzerland with a gradient of up to 87% and a length of 1.3 km. Originally built in 1920 by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) for the construction of the Barberine dam, it was dismantled in 1973 and rebuilt in 1975.

The funicular pictured from the top station.
The funicular pictured from the top station.

2nd facility: Little train


An astonishing little train takes visitors from the Montuires to the foot of the Emosson dam. It was used to transport materials for the Barberine and Emosson dams. During the flat route along the cliff edge and with several tunnels in the rock, one can enjoy an exceptional view of the Mont-Blanc massif.

The small train at the departure station. The small flags were installed during the passage of the 2016 Tour de France.
The small train at the departure station. The small flags were installed during the passage of the 2016 Tour de France.

The view on the Mont-Blanc.
The view on the Mont-Blanc.

3rd facility: Minifunic


A small funicular railway with about ten places connects the foot (1815 m) to the top (1965 m) of the Emosson dam. This funicular exists since 1991 in replacement of the monorail built in 1977.

The Minifunic and the Emosson dam.
The Minifunic the Emosson dam.

The view on the Mont-Blanc from the Emosson dam.
The view on the Mont-Blanc from the Emosson dam.

Rate


VerticAlp is open from mid-May to mid-October. The entrance fees are as follows:

The 3 attractions:

  • One-way ticket. Adult: 30 francs. Children (6-15 years): 15 francs.
  • Return ticket. Adult: 40 francs. Child (6-15 years): 20 francs.

First funicular only:

  • One-way ticket. Adult: 15 francs. Children (6-15 years): 8 francs.
  • Return ticket. Adult: 20 francs. Child (6-15 years): 10 francs.

Conclusion


VerticAlp is a magnificent attraction combining different means of locomotion, a very nice view and an impressive dam. The activity is not cheap as it costs 40 francs return for an adult and 20 francs for a child but it is worth it. Be careful to choose a day of good weather with clear visibility.

Video


A promotional video on VerticAlp.

Webcams


Webcam at Montuires – 1825m
webcam les montuires emosson
Webcam at Montuires – 1825m
webcam les montuires emosson
Webcam with the view on the Mont-Blanc massif.
webcam massif mont-blanc emosson
Webcam on the Emosson dam.
webcam barrage emosson

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