Cascade de Glandieu

Ain, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France

About Cascade de Glandieu

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2012-05-18
Date last visited: 2012-05-18

Waterfall Latitude: 45.66527
Waterfall Longitude: 5.61412

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Cascade de Glandieu was probably one of Julie’s favorite waterfalls in France, because it had what she likes to call “character”.

What she means by “character” is that the waterfall had more going for it than just the falling water itself.

Glandieu_037_20120518 - Cascade de Glandieu
Cascade de Glandieu

In the case of Cascade de Glandieu, its underlying cliff had both texture and color giving the falls a very different appearance than most of the other French waterfalls that we had encountered.

Of course the fact that it was both wide and tall (said to be 60m in height) also further added to its scenic allure.

We happened to arrive when the weather started to turn from rainy and overcast to partly cloudy with the sun just starting to break through.

As a result, the color on the algae-laced walls of the falls was really amplified whenever the sun’s rays struck.

Then again, we were able to be patient with this waterfall because it was roadside requiring very little effort to experience.

Glandieu_002_20120518 - Looking towards the town of Glandieu from the Cascade de Glandieu
Looking towards the town of Glandieu from the Cascade de Glandieu

Cascade de Glandieu literally sat near the center of the seemingly quiet and sleepy town of Glandieu, which was near Saint-Benoît and Bugey.

The town itself belonged to the department of Ain in the Rhône-Alpes region of Eastern France.

While we were taking our time enjoying the waterfall, we noticed that behind us on the opposite side of the viewing area, there was a large billboard or collage mounted on the wall of an old-looking building.

It seemed like the collage was touting the various aspects of the region or department.


Cascade de Glandieu resides near Chambery in the Ain department of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes province of France. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their tourism board website.

Glandieu_001_20120518 - Context of the Cascade de Glandieu and the collage across from it
Glandieu_008_20120518 - First look at the Cascade de Glandieu when we were trying to avoid having people in our photos
Glandieu_019_20120518 - A more desirable view of the Cascade de Glandieu after the people had left
Glandieu_030_20120518 - Doing a double-take on the Cascade de Glandieu after the sun came out and brought out some of the colors of the underlying travertine cliff

There are many ways to reach Glandieu, but we’ll focus on what we think is the most straightforward route to and from the Cascade de Glandieu from the autoroute A43 east of Lyon.

We reached this waterfall by leaving the autoroute A43 heading east towards Chambery at exit 10 (I believe) about 70km east of Lyon.

This exit curled back to a roundabout providing access to both the D82N as well as the D592.

We’d take the first exit of this roundabout to go north on the D592 then follow this road for the next 7kkm before this road junctioned with D19.

We turned left to go onto the D19 and followed it to a signposted local road leading to Glandieu.

Once in the town, the D19 intersected with the Rue de la Cascade, which we turned right onto and followed it right to the waterfall.

Overall, this 87km drive would take a little over an hour.

For additional context, Glandieu was 80km (90 minutes drive) southwest of Annecy and 92km (90 minutes drive) north of Grenoble.

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Left to right sweep starting with the car park and wall then ending with a bottom up sweep of the falls itself

Bottom up sweep from directly in front of the falls

Bottom up sweep of the falls when the sun came out

Tagged with: ain, rhone-alpes, lyon, aix-les-bains, chambery, grenoble, french alps, france, waterfall

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