Trip in Switzerland : the Vallorbe Caves

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This is my little cave of greenery ; I like to hide there to watch what’s happening in the garden. But during the holidays, Claire and Momo went to real caves, much larger: the Vallorbe Caves.

7 million years ago, tectonic movements folded the terrain to form the mountains of the Jura, and the sea that covered the region withdrew definitively. A river meanders above and below ground : the Orbe. Over the millennia, it shaped, with the surface waters, the incredible architecture of the caves.

In 1893, diver Pfund descended into the source to a depth of about ten meters, but he noticed that the vast gallery continued much further. On September 12, 1964, speleologist and diver Christian Giurumello discovered the caves during a dive in a siphon already explored several times. The caves opened to the public in 1974, and since 1992 offer a permanent exhibition of minerals from all over the world, the «Treasure of the Fairies».

The tour lasts about an hour and a half and leads to a huge room where a game of music and light dramatically stages this natural cathedral. From here, the route continues towards the exit via a slightly different path that ends with the exhibition of the treasure of the fairies.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the visit !

21 thoughts on “Trip in Switzerland : the Vallorbe Caves

  1. Teddy

    Really beautiful! Mom says it reminds her of Luray Caverns here in Virginia. Caves are fun – I like nice cool green caves too….or even blanket caves!

    Hugs, Teddy

  2. Zoolatry

    So striking, and the story behind their discovery is even more interesting. I love the way many places now introduce the “sound and light” shows to complement the tours. (as with Teddy above, we’ve visited the Luray Caverns in Virginia, though felt a bit “closed in” … so unsure if this kind of adventure is for us!)

    Now let us visit the birthday we unfortunately missed …

  3. Catscue

    Those are amazing caves and such a beautiful river through the forest too! Thanks for sharing those photos and for sharing Pixie in her cave and showing her cute tummy!

  4. Timmy Tomcat

    We have some very nice home caves like behind the couch and under the bed. Dad says he loves caves and has been in some big ones in his travels in the US like Carlsbad Caverns, Luray Caverns and Crystal Cave here in our state of Pennsylvania. Pixie you look wonderful

  5. BellaDharma an LadyMew

    Mee-yow those Vallorbe Cavess are breathtakin!!! LadyMew used to love xplorin cavess inn our area yeerss ago. They are amazin placess rite Pixie?
    An meowin ’bout amazin so are you!!!
    An you two Zorro!
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma an {{huggiess}} LadyMew

  6. da tabbies o trout towne

    ewe bee lookin most gorgeouz two day pixie !!!! and pleez ta tell claire and momo thanx for sharin….oh em cod how awesum iz de riverz foto !!! 🙂 ♥♥

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