Scenic balcony road: Combe Laval in the Dauphiné

Scenic balcony road: Combe Laval in the Dauphiné

Dramatic gorges and high alpine pass roads

Before the area between the Rhône and the Italian border became part of France in 1349, it was an independent feudal state. The coat of arms – two blue dolphins with red fins – and the name Dauphiné (Delfinat) go back to the Count of Albon, who called himself Delfinus from 1122 and made Grenoble his capital. Geographically, the Dauphiné is grouped around the grandiose Massif des Ecrins southeast of Grenoble, which rises up to 4,100 meters. The high alpine mountains are cut by dramatic gorges. The wild mountain ranges are crossed by the highest passes in the Alps.

Attractions Dauphiné

Route Napoléon

Historical road through Provencal Alps

After his catastrophic defeats in Russia and in the Battle of Leipzig, Napoléon was banished to Elba by the victorious powers. Completely unexpectedly, he broke out with 800 faithful on February 26, 1815 and sailed to Cannes. Because of the many opponents in the Rhone Valley, he preferred the route through the Alps. The march from Cannes via Gap to Grenoble became a triumphal procession: his followers multiplied. The soldiers who should have stopped him defected to him. The triumph, however, lasted only 100 days and came to a terrible end at Waterloo. Today his legendary route is called Route Napoléon. It is also one of the most beautiful vacation roads in France and for the most part identical to the N85.


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