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Viaduc des Fauvettes

A sight to discover, often referred to as “the most beautiful cliff face in Ile-de-France

Viaduc des Fauvettes JM Molina - Agglo Paris-Saclay
Viaduc des Fauvettes JM Molina - Agglo Paris-Saclay
Viaduc des Fauvettes de Bures-sur-Yvette. Alain Beguerie
Viaduc des Fauvettes de Bures-sur-Yvette. Alain Beguerie

A breathtaking panoramic view over the Yvette valley

Straddling the border between the villages of Bures-sur-Yvette and Gometz-le-Châtel, the Fauvettes viaduct offers beautiful views over the Yvette valley. Measuring 221 metres in length, it towers at a height of 34 metres above the bottom of the valley. The “ru d’Angoulême” flows under the viaduct which can be admired from down in the valley as well as from the heights.

From railway to greenway

The viaduct was built in 1913 for the Paris-Chartre rail link via Gallardon. As it turned out, the political decision in its favour was hardly cost-effective, since the link was only operational for 9 years. It was never completed beyond Massy in fact and, a few years after its construction, was bombarded along with two other viaducts on the same line. Fauvettes suffered substantial damage, in particular to one of its arches which was only repaired in 2004.

Viaduc des Fauvettes de Bures-sur-Yvette. Alain Beguerie
Viaduc des Fauvettes de Bures-sur-Yvette. Alain Beguerie

A popular site among climbing enthusiasts

Nowadays, the disused railway bridge is frequented not only by hikers and cyclists exploring the “Véloscénie” cycle path, but also by enthusiastic climbers and potholers who come here to train. Among other claims to fame, the Fauvettes viaduct features in a scene from the TF1 French television series, Falco.

Viaduc des Fauvettes de Bures-sur-Yvette. Alain Beguerie
Viaduc des Fauvettes de Bures-sur-Yvette. Alain Beguerie

Viaduc des Fauvettes

Viaduc des fauvettes
91940 Gometz-le-Châtel

Tel. 01 69 29 34 21

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