R05 - St Etienne de Cuines to Metabief
Col du Chaussy
The Jura is a beautiful region in the east of France. In summer, numerous tourists come to the Jura to enjoy the varied nature. Coniferous and deciduous forests, stalactite caves, waterfalls, lakes, underground rivers: you will find it all there! During winter, the Jura is an attractive area for ski enthusiasts, cross-country skiers and snowboarders. In addition to the overwhelming natural beauty, you will find a lot of cultural and industrial heritage in the Jura.
Given the diversity of the route and the beautiful surroundings you drive through, I rate this route with 5 stars.

The route starts at B&B Hotels Saint-Étienne-de-Cuines, located in the town of the same name. You start well right away, after a kilometer or two the Col du Chaussy is on the program. This is not in itself a very high col (1533 meters), but the start is certainly remarkable: 17 hairpin bends in less than two kilometers. Or actually I should say 'hairpin bends', it is all very tight. The town at the foot of this climb can be seen rapidly shrinking with many twists.
Once at the top, you will be presented with great views. On the higher part of this pass you drive along steep cliffs that sometimes even hang over the road. Great to see! In the descent you will encounter a few hairpin bends before you end up on the D1006.

At Épierre you leave this D1006 and turn left to follow the D207. This road crosses the Col du Grand Cucheron with a pass height of 1183 meters. The pass is located in the northern part of the Belledonne Mountains and connects the Maurienne Valley with the Isère Valley.
This pass is soon followed by the Col de Champlaurent, a 1097 meter high pass. Beautiful pass of which the descent largely runs through the forest. Few views as a result, but on a sunny day in the summer it is very cool. Well worth the drive.

In Saint-Pierre d'Albigny you have the option to turn to Chateau de Miolans. Miolans Castle is located 550 meters above sea level and has been a classified historical monument since 1944.
The Fortress of Miolans (French: Château de Miolans) is a former fortress prison in a remote area of Savoy in France. Occupied since the fourth century AD, the fortress strategically managed the route across the intersection of the Isère and Arc rivers (which you just passed at RP9 and RP10). The fortress was converted into a prison by the Counts of Savoy in the mid-16th century. Due to its fame, it has been compared to the Bastille in Paris.

The route continues on the D911 and not much later you come across the Col du Frêne, 950 meters high. Only the ascent has a number of hairpin bends, the descent is more gradual. It is noticeable that the Alps are behind you, the mountains are getting less high. On the other hand, you drive into the Jura, an unprecedentedly beautiful area that is certainly worthwhile.

For many kilometers you have followed the D911, at Pont de Bauges it is left to drive a short distance on the D5. After about three kilometers, turn left onto the D31. This road crosses the Pont de l'Abime.
The Pont de l'Abime is a suspension bridge with a span of almost 75 meters. The height (clearance height) of this bridge is 96 meters. In addition, the bridge avoids a detour of nearly 8 kilometers upstream from the river. Car traffic can only be done alternately because of the limited width that does not allow the passage of large vehicles.

The route winds further north through the Jura. Hills, small villages and vast forests alternate around you. They are not spectacular steering roads (especially if you stick to the speed ...), but the variety in the landscape makes it very nice to drive there. Don't forget to stop every now and then for a photo!

At the point where the D936 meets the D1005, there is the possibility to take a short detour from the route to the Col de la Faucille. On this col you will also find Luge d'Été, where, among other things, a toboggan run has been built. From the parking lot you can already see how the track runs and you can see the small carts 'sliding' down the rails.
If you want a beautiful view over Lake Geneva and the city that gives its name to the lake, drive two kilometers further on the D1005 to the parking lot in the first hairpin bend. It will be rewarded with a great view!

Back on the D1005, follow this road that turns into the N5 at Les Rousses. At Hauts de Bienne you take a short trip through the village to possibly visit the Musee de la lunette. This eyewear museum houses one of the most prestigious frame collections in the world. The museum will also help you understand the workings of the eye, the organ of vision. With entertaining exhibits, you will learn about the main eye conditions and don't let their optical illusions fool you.

The route continues on the N5. At Saint-Laurant-en-Grandvaux it is exchanged for the D437. The meanders through the French landscape towards the northeast. It is certainly not a boring piece, because there is still a lot of variety in the beautiful surroundings. At Gellin you take the exit to the D45. At Saint-Antoine the route runs the last part on the D9 which takes you to Mètabief, the final destination of this route.

Hotel Etoile de Neige, where the route ends, is a small but cozy hotel where it is good to stay. Swimming pool and sauna are available, so relax! The 'special beers' such as the Leffe Blond tasted best!

Have fun driving this route!
Château de Miolans
Pont de l'Abîme
Useful links:
Château de Miolans
Musee de la Lunette
Hotel Etoile de Neige Métabief

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Auvergne Rhone Alpes
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About this region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (ARA; French: [ovɛʁɲ ʁon‿alp] (listen); Arpitan: Ôvèrgne-Rôno-Ârpes; Occitan: Auvèrnhe Ròse Aups; Italian: Alvernia-Rodano-Alpi) is a region in southeast-central France created by the 2014 territorial reform of French regions; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.The region covers an area of 69,711 km2 (26,916 sq mi), making it the third largest in metropolitan France; it had a population of 7,948,287 in 2017, second to Île-de-France. It consists of twelve departments and one territorial collectivity (Lyon Metropolis) with Lyon as the prefecture. This new region combines diverse geographical, sociological, economic and cultural regions, which was already true of Rhône-Alpes, as well as Auvergne, to a lesser extent. While the old Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne regions each enjoyed a unity defined by axes of communication and the pull of their respective metropoles, the new combination is heterogeneous; it sustained lively opposition from some local officials after its creation.
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Route collections
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About this route collection
The Alps, a mountain range in Europe stretching from the French Mediterranean coast in the southwest to the Pannonian plain in the east, almost always guarantee beautiful routes. It can hardly be boring there. The many passes, views and variations in the landscape make the Alps a true motorcycle paradise.
Switzerland is central to this paradise and is surrounded on all sides by countries where it is beautiful steering on fantastic roads.
The 7 routes of this collection lead you around Switzerland, of course this beautiful country itself is also visited. You will pass through beautiful areas such as the Alps, the French and Swiss Jura and the Black Forest.

A few attractions are discussed per route in the review. These often tell something about the history of the area in which you are driving. So educational. Many places have also been indicated where you can find some entertainment, such as a toboggan run. You are completely free to visit these sights, you can of course also determine your own interesting points.
But the most important thing you've probably traveled to this area for is simply driving. And as mentioned above, you are in a true motorcycle paradise where the steering is fantastic!

Each route ends at a hotel (except the last one which ends at the train station in Innsbruck). It is of course not an obligation to use these hotels, you can always find another place to stay in the area, you are completely free. However, my experience is that they are all simple but good hotels for a very reasonable price. They are known and can be booked via booking.com.

The routes of these collections:

R01 - Innsbruck to Chiuro, 301km
R02 - Chiuro to Brig, 279km
R03 - Brig to Bourg Saint Maurice, 288km
R04 - Bourg St Maurice to St Etienne de Cuines, 307km
R05 - St Etienne de Cuines to Metabief, 295km
R06 - Metabief to Fuerstenberg, 305km
R07 - Fuerstenberg to Innsbruck, 335km

Have fun riding these routes!