You may well have spotted these two bridges – the 🌁 Ponts de la Caille – from the motorway (A41 Annecy-Genève) on a trip to 💦 Lac d’Annecy from the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc? Have you ever come off the motorway to explore? MBFF certainly has – my curious nature would never leave such incredible looking bridges unexplored!
The 🌁 Ponts de la Caille are two bridges – located side by side – and they cross the 💦 Torrent des Usses, at a height of 147m.
The first bridge, the 🌁 Pont Charles-Albert, is a suspension bridge – the first in Europe! The idea for this suspension bridge, for people to cross the 💦 Torrent des Usses, was approved in 1834 by the Roi Charles-Albert (Duc de Savoie, and the bridge was hence named after him. It was inaugurated on the 11th July 1839.
Monument Historique: the bridge has been on this list since 25 sites touristiques emblématiques de la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes;
[ ⇒ for more history, see here ]
A second concrete bridge, the 🌉 Pont Caquot (232m long) was added right next to the 🌁 Pont Charles-Albert, and opened in 1929. This second, more modern bridge, was first called the Pont Neuf, and built between 1924 and 1928 under the eye of engineer Albert Caquot. Its deck is supported by an unreinforced concrete arch and, when it was built, it was one of the largest vaults in the world! Initially this second bridge was supposed to house a railway line between Annecy and Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, but this plan was abandoned and it opened instead as a vehicle bridge.
After crossing the 🌁 Pont Charles-Albert, you’ll find a viewing platform. Here, you’ll get great views of 🏞 the gorge below and up close and personal with the underside of the bridge!
Activities around the Ponts de la Caille
📱 geocaching® – there are some NEW geocaching® options / see here;
Les 🎇 Nocturnes Site des Ponts de la Caille
There are sometimes 🎇 night-time events at the bridge – check FB page for updates!
Practical Information and MAP
FREE to visit!
🅿️ parking: FREE parking on-site!
ℹ️ Alter’Alpa Tourist Office by the bridge, with lots of helpful information and maps!
website address: 140 place du Pont de la Caille, 74350, Cruseilles
There are lots of nearby attractions and activities, and so you can combine a visit to the 🌁 Site des Pont de la Caille with a visit to:
🐓 La Ferme de Chosal (Copponex) – an absolutely FABULOUS pedagogic farm, with animals, green-houses, land-art walk (Sentier Art et Nature), a NEW barefoot walk, workshops, an ethical & social spirit . . . seedlings and plants to buy;
website address: 98 route de l’Usine, Chosal, 74350, Copponex
🌈 Le Grand Parc d’Andilly – a fabulous and unique amusement park, filled with (unscary!) scarecrows and giant games! There is a summer version, and now a winter version too !
[ ⇒ for more information about the 🌈 Le Grand Parc d’Andilly, see separate MBFF article here ]
FB page & website address: la Forêt des Moulins (direction de Cruseilles, RD 1201) tel: 04 50 32 73 64
⛰ Le Mont Salève & 🚠 Téléphérique du Salève – an iconic mountain overlooking 💦 Lac Léman and Geneva! Some lovely hikes and activities and restaurants here! (note: the 🚠 Téléphérique du Salève is currently SHUT for a huge renovation programme until 2023!);
⛰ Maison du Salève (Présilly) – see MBFF article here to read about our experience at this lovely ecomusée!
💦 Vitam (Neydens) – the big water park with indoor and outdoor facilites, a climbing wall, indoor games and shopping centre!
💦 Annecy – if you are driving to Annecy from the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc, then you’ll find the 🌁 Site des Ponts de la Caille on your route!