Cirque du Fer à Cheval (Haute Savoie France) Part 1

by Ruth Williams
(Bath England)

Cascade de la Lyre

Cascade de la Lyre

Cascade de la Lyre
Cascade de Trelachaumaz
Cirque du Fer à Cheval
Cascade de la Genette

The Cirque du Fer à Cheval is a huge limestone amphitheatre 4 to 5 km in width, with cliffs of 500 to 700 m in height. It is the largest alpine mountain cirque and twin of the Pyrenean Gavarnie. During the spring more than thirty waterfalls can be seen eleven of which flow all year.


Some of the most notable falls are the Cascade de la Lyre whose tail fans out over the rocks giving it its name. The Cascade de la Genette, Cascade de St Jacques and the Cascade de Trelachaumaz who fall in several drops before plunging over the cliffs. I can find no information on the height of these falls but they are very impressive.

This stunning place, little known outside of France is easily accessed by car from the village of Sixt Fer à Cheval. The road ends at a car park from where there are many hikes of varying lengths into the Réserve Naturelle de Sixt.

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Mar 29, 2014
Heights of Waterfalls
by: Anonymous

There is a French government website with terrain maps of all the territory, including the Fer à Cheval.
The Cascade de la Lyre (most beautiful one) falls from a height of over 500m in one drop. The Cascade de la Citerne is the tallest, and it falls from a height of close to 950m in three successive drops. Cascade de la Méridienne and Fontaine de l'or ar over 200m; and the other big ones all fall from a height of at least 600m.

Aug 14, 2012
Very Nice
by: B. Davis

These are beautiful falls. Thank you so much for your input. .




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