Between Annecy and Geneva, you will admire the Ponts of Allonzier la Caille.
Charles Albert Bridge, more known as the Pont de la Caille, in Allonzier is 142 meters above the Usses river.
The former (11 July 1839) and the new road bridge (Pont Caquot) in the background.
In 2009 and 2010, the bridge will be undergoing a total renovation including a complete demolition and replacement of the deck and sidewalks as well as major concrete replacement and repairs to the entire rest of the structure including the arch and spandrel supports. Today, the new Caille bridge still stands as Europe’s second highest arch bridge while the Charles Albert bridge next to it is still Europe’s highest suspension span.
If you are driving along the “route nationale” from Annecy to Geneva, you can not miss the Ponts of Allonzier la Caille!
They just finished a new parking area next to it, so you can stop and walk on the old bridge and take nice photos!
If you are there early morning, check the field on the left after the bridge (when coming from Annecy), as you might see some deers or wild goats (they are living down below in the rocks but when hungry they are coming up for breakfast and they are so beautiful). You could also hike down to the former thermal center.
We also nickname it the “Suicidal Bridge”…Local people have a “joke”: instead of saying I am not well at all today, they might say “I want to jump from Allonzier Bridge”. Unfortunately, some people really do…but most of the them go there enjoy the view, get scared because of the high and go back home…