Leaving the forested area you are in the vineyards above Lake Geneva
Through the canola fields above Lake Geneva
Approaching Yens along the paved road.
Bière-Apples-Morges train makes its way across the farmland.
Bière - Aubonne Arboretum - St.Livres - Yens
Published/updated on 18.04.2017 by GabrielleMerk | 26676 points | Date of Tour: 14.04.2017 | Favourite Entries (1)
There is a special narrow-gauge train called the BAM (Bière-Apples-Morges) that services this area around Morges, and the ride to the start of this tour in Bière at the Jura foothills, where the Aubonne River has its source, is a nice...
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There is a special narrow-gauge train called the BAM (Bière-Apples-Morges) that services this area around Morges, and the ride to the start of this tour in Bière at the Jura foothills, where the Aubonne River has its source, is a nice one through the agricultural landscape above Lake Geneva.
The main highlight of this tour is the Aubonne Valley Arboretum, a 200-hectare National Park where about 4000 different varieties of trees and bushes from all over the world (temperate zones) thrive. These trees have been planted here for scientific research and species protection, including some very old and rare sorts of apple trees that are no longer grown elsewhere.
The Arboretum is reached in about an hour from Bière, mostly on a pleasant forest trail along the Aubonne River. There are many trails, picnic areas, ponds and a lake in the park, perfect for an afternoon stroll. The Wood Museum at the Information Center in the Park has displays of thousands of woodworking tools used by all kinds of professions. The museum has restricted opening hours, so you need to check ahead.
Once you have left the park and forest area you are in the vineyards above Lake Geneva with views of the lake and the French Alps. The beautiful countryside makes up for the mostly paved road which continues through St.Livres and to Yens train station.
On the way back to Morges, you can get out at the Vufflens-le-Chateau Station for a close-up look at the mighty castle, unfortunately not open to the public as it is privately-owned. If you still have time, there is a hiking trail to the East of the castle which follows the Morges River right down to the Morges train station, an additional 4 km or 1 hour or so pleasant walk.
About 6 of the 12 kma of this trail are along a paved road. Access to the Arboretum is free. The wood museum has limited opening hours, April to October, Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 14.00-18.00
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Detailed map with traced route on SwissMobility map, including elevation profile
Wir hätten gerne in dem Arboretum das Holzmuseum angeschaut, aber waren zur falschen Zeit dort. Man muss sich wirklich vorher über die Oeffnungszeiten erkundigen. Von St.Livres nach Yens war alles auf Asphalt. Vielleicht ein anderes Mal nach Aubonne?
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