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Funicular railway and the Icarus laboratory

in Saint-HIlaire du Touvet

Considered to one of the oldest funiculars still in operation, the funicular of Saint Hilaire du Touvet has been an institution for 95 years. Slowly ascending from the lower resort of Montfort to the upper resort of Saint-Hilaire du Touvet, it remains an unmissable tourist attraction in the region and is a must for paragliders.

A historic funicular railway

Originally operated for the transport of medical equipment to health institutions located in Saint-Hilaire or to small rocks, this strange little train now has a tourist vocation. It allows you to reach one of the emblematic sites of the Chartreuse massif in 20 minutes.

On the one hand, it is used by families who see this fun funicular as an entertaining outing and on the other hand, by glider enthusiasts who want to reach the paragliding base.

The straight ascent in the rock of the Chartreuse massif is undoubtedly the highlight of the day.

Reaching the Icarus laboratory

To spend an excellent day with the children, take advantage of the funicular ride to visit the Icarus laboratory. This museographic space of the Icarus laboratory is completely dedicated to gravity, flight and air.

It is an opportunity for young and old alike to indulge in sensory experiences and to discover the work of the great masters of gravity. Just like Icarus, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Archimedes who all once had the same dream: flying.

Through interactive media, you will discover captivating information on several floors about the surrounding rocks, the machinery that drives the funicular and a whole historical section on the funicular.

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