History of the Earth Trail

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Description

Discover the history of the Earth on this walk which is like a journey through the ages, with explanations written by Professor André Maeder, from the Observatory of Geneva University.

You start the History of the Earth Trail from Bretaye station (alt. 1,806 m), the terminus of the Villars-Bretaye cogwheel train. With each metre on the ground, you travel through 1 million years in time. So, starting from Bretaye, in the present time, you travel back into the past, with nine stations corresponding to the most fascinating events that have marked our planet’s History along the 4.6 km route towards Villars. These 4.6 km correspond to 4.6 billion years, the age of the Earth and the solar system. The History of the Earth Trail offers a fascinating journey through time, as we learn about the disasters and extraordinary inventions that have marked life on Earth since it began.

Practical Information

Take the train from Villars to the start of the walk in Bretaye. Parking: Le Centenaire (opposite the station) and in Rochegrise.

Discover the history of the Earth on this walk which is like a journey through the ages, with explanations written by Professor André Maeder, from the Observatory of Geneva University.

You start the History of the Earth Trail from Bretaye station (alt. 1,806 m), the terminus of the Villars-Bretaye cogwheel train. With each metre on the ground, you travel through 1 million years in time. So, starting from Bretaye, in the present time, you travel back into the past, with nine stations corresponding to the most fascinating events that have marked our planet’s History along the 4.6 km route towards Villars. These 4.6 km correspond to 4.6 billion years, the age of the Earth and the solar system. The History of the Earth Trail offers a fascinating journey through time, as we learn about the disasters and extraordinary inventions that have marked life on Earth since it began.

Practical Information

Take the train from Villars to the start of the walk in Bretaye. Parking: Le Centenaire (opposite the station) and in Rochegrise.

Course profile

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