• Historic site and monument

Chappe Telegraph of the Bear Plan

Built in 1806, the Telegraph Chappe du Plan de l'Ours is located close to the mills of Pralognan and the Vanoise National Park. In its forest setting, it is the first rehabilitated station in Savoie.

Historic site and monument Chappe Telegraph of the Bear Plan Saint-André


Saint-André (73500)
Animals allowed
Guided individual tours available permanently
Guided inividual tours obligatory
Average duration of an individual visit : 00h45

Between 1806 and 1814, it was one of 33 posts linking Lyon to Turin. Its optical mechanism, combined with a specific vocabulary, allows confidential messages to be sent by displaying 92 different signals.
With signposted access, car and coach parking, it is also accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Guided tours in summer.

Guided tour for groups over 10 people upon request from May to September

    1 4


    Free access. Group rate: €2/person.


    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : Italian, English, French
    Languages of documentation : Italian, English, French
    Languages visits : Italian, English, French
    Languages informatives signs : Italian, English, French

    Kept on a leash.


    From 12/07 to 30/08/2024, every Friday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
    Groups of 8 or more on request from 15/05 to 30/09.

    Labels and rating

    19th C

    • Pets welcome


    Le Plan de l'Ours 73500 Saint-André

    A43 (Exit No. 30)
    > Direction MODANE / LE FRENEY - D1006
    > SAINT-ANDRE L'ORGERE, then signs "Télégraphe Chappe", access by car and bus 200 m from the site.

    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
    • Possibility of drop-off in front of the site
    Motor Disability

    Site accessible by a motorable road (where buses can pass) to the car park 150 m away. Either the car can drive through them or we pick you up.

    More informations

    Information update on 15/07/2024 by Haute Maurienne Vanoise Tourisme