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The salt path

The railway lines at the origins of tourism

An urban stroll in the «good air» of the Alps

The Chaussy mountain chain

On the footsteps of a neo-classical architect in Aigle

Ollon - St-Triphon

The folds of time

On the razorblade of a landscape

La Pierreuse

The path of the Post

The Grand chemin royal

The 1798 fights at the mountain pass of la Croix

The old canal lock of the Joux Verte

An electrical promenade

On foot or by bike, zigzagging
in the Chablais vineyard


The old canal lock of the Joux Verte

The canal lock of the Joux Verte, first barrage of Europe, built in 1695, was used to bring by land and water the wood necessary to the salt industry, the main industry of the Chablais. Abandoned at the end of the 19th century, this barrage slow fell into ruin. However, in 1981, its importance for the history of Swiss civil engineering allowed its ruins to be saved. It was declared of national interest and its remains were restored in 1982-1983.

Liliane Desponds : Historian, member of the Académie du Chablais vaudois, she has published books about the medical and tourist history of Leysin, as well as books about the electrical industry of Aubonne, the east of Vaud and the Chablais. She collaborated to the book Union et Concorde, published during the commemorations of the two hundred years of the canton of Vaud and, as scientific counsellor, to Francis Reusser’s film, La Guerre dans le Haut Pays.