The Devil’s Bridge Gorges near Morzine ‘Gorges du Pont du Diable’

By September 10, 2012Latest News, Morzine
The Gorges du Pont du Diable or Devil's bridge gorge near Morzine

The Devil’s Bridge Gorge near Morzine or Gorges du Pont du Diable

Just a 20 minute drive from Morzine is the Devil’s Bridge Gorge or Gorges du Pont du Diable.  This beautiful gorge carved through the valley has wooden walkways attached to the rocks, with steps all the way down.  At the entrance you will be met by a guide and then given a tour through the gorge in French or English.  The visit takes approximately 50 minutes.

The Devil’s Bridge gorge first opened to the public in 1893 after a local carpenter decided to carve steps into the rock.  The Devil’s bridge is so called because the local people who used it to cross the valley believed that the devil lived underneath in the deep gorge below.  They used to send a goat across the narrow rock as a sacrifice first which would fall in and then they deemed it safe to cross.  It is because of this tradition that the devil is often pictured as half man/ half goat.

It is really worth visiting this picturesque spot although make sure you take suitable shoes due to the narrow walkways that can become slippery.  A good head for heights is also advisable as you must first descend into the gorge down some steep steps overlooking the water from 60m above!  The Devil’s Bridge gorge is open from the end of April to 30th November from 9am to 6pm.

Gorges du Pont du Diable near Morzine, France

Devil’s bridge gorge near Morzine

You can visit the Gorges website here //