Lac de Taney: Mountain Lake on the Haute-Savoie Border

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This beautiful dark blue lake is surrounded by flower-strewn fields, tall, fragrant fir trees and rocks.
The many flowers here include the alpine rose, monk's hood and mountain violet among others. Frogs croak on the shore and the shady forests nearby attract alpine salamanders. This is not surprising, since the Lac de Taney is well-known for attracting a vast number of amphibians.
This miniature paradise is located at an altitude of 1,500 m and overlooks the Rhone valley. It was declared a national natural heritage site in the Sixties, but thanks to the visionaries of the time, the lake was not exposed to mass tourism as originally planned. It can still be visited, however, and you can even stay in the charming little mountain inn on the Western shore of the lake.
The road leading to Lac de Taney is closed to private vehicles. Hike from Le Flon, the end station of the Swiss Post Bus line.

How to get there:
By car: drive from Montreux via Vouvry / Miex towards Lac de Taney, or use public transport to reach Miex (final hiking trail).

General info

  • Outdoor
  • Needed time: 4 to 8 hours (full day)
  • Experience Type: Nature, Active

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