Funicular railway and the Icarus laboratory

in Saint-Hilaire du Touvet
CURRENTLY CLOSED Due to landslides

Dating back 95 years, the Touvet funicular railway to Saint-Hilaire du Touvet is considered one of the oldest rack and pinion funiculars. Starting from the departure station in Montfort, it reaches the arrival station after a 20-minute ride 750 metres higher. The Touvet funicular railway and the Icarus laboratory are a great idea for an excursion near Allevard-les-Bains.

A funicular railway steeped in history

In operation for 95 years now, the Touvet funicular is without doubt the oldest railway train in the Alps. Originally built to carry medical equipment up to the centre des peites roches, it is now a major tourist attraction not far from Allevard-les-Bains. The 83% slope on which it rises from 260 metres in its lower station at Montfort to 1000 metres at Saint-Hilaire du Touvet amazes, impresses and surprises those who take it.

With the traction of the 2 carriages, the funicular railway of Touvet climbs the rock face of the Massif de Chartreuse carrying tourists and gliding enthusiasts in its carriages. Saint-Hilaire du Touvet is one of the top paragliding spots in the Grésivaudan valley. The panorama you can have from the top over the Grésivaudan Valley and over Allevard-les-Bains and the Belledonne massif is well worth suspending time during the 20-minute ascent.

Visit the Icarus laboratory

Arriving at the upper station of the Touvet Funicular, the museum area welcomes you on 2 levels. On the ground floor, an area completely dedicated to the environment and the natural elements of the Chartreuse massif. Upstairs, the Icarus laboratory awaits young and old alike to understand flight, air and gravity. Exhibitions, experiments and films explain and give you the chance to discover the inventions of great geniuses such as Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Newton.

Discovering the Touvet funicular and the Icarus laboratory are must-see attractions during a stay in Allevard-les-Bains.


La gare basse du funiculaire se situe sur la commune de Lumbin, à environ 25 minutes en voiture d’Allevard-les-Bains. Le temps de monté est de 20 minutes. A l’arrivée, vous débarquerez sur la commune de Saint-Hilaire du Touvet.