• Sport

Balcon des Allobroges

This walk combines impressive views (Geneva region, Arve Valley) with an exceptional plant life that thrives in the southern microclimate. You'll also see the traces of some of the region's oldest inhabitants!

Sport Balcon des Allobroges Monnetier-Mornex


Departing from Monnetier-Mornex (74560)
Average length : 01h30
Distance : 3km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

On the way, there is a breathtaking view of the Geneva region and Arve Valley. You'll be close to the site of the Allobroges encampment (an old hillfort on the Petit Salève which was of military importance in Gallo-Roman times and of commercial importance at a later period). Plants typical of southern regions, such as orchids. In Monnetier-Mornex, you'll see the old weather station, the old station of the Salève funicular railway (now the Town Hall), and hotels and boarding houses dating from the 19th century, as well as the Ermitage castle. En route, at Mornex, you will discover the plaque to Wagner and Ruskin, famous people who stayed at the Pavillon des Glycines.

Total elevation gain : 220m
Vertical drop : 220m



Topoguides references

Guidebook of 37 walks and cycle routes: Salève and Vuache regions by foot.

Monnetier-Mornex is home to the magnificent Hermitage Castle. In Mornex, you'll see a plaque commemorating Wagner and Ruskin who stayed in the Pavillon des Glycines (famous people). On the Grand Salève, take the cable car for a truly breathtaking view. There is also a botany trail with, again, some magnificent views of Lake Geneva and the city.


Free access.


Animals allowed
Languages informatives signs : French

Remember to take your water bottle with you! Part of the route is shared with a mountain biking route, take care.

Period of practice

All year round.

  • Pets welcome


Point de départ: Parking de l'église de Monnetier 74560 Monnetier-Mornex
Departing from : Monnetier-Mornex (74560)
Latitude : 46.160654 - Longitude : 6.206106

This path runs through an area protected by a local bylaw on the preservation of the biotope. Please comply with the regulations displayed at the entrance. In particular, do not build a fire, keep your dog on a lead, and do not pick any flowers.

Information update on 19/05/2021 by Office de Tourisme des Monts de Genève