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Franco-Swiss Contraband Trails

The Bricotte
On this 77km circular walk on the French-Swiss border starting from Maîche, follow the paths trodden by a Bricottière, a past master in the art of hiding small packages of contraband. On the way, you will experience one of contraband's most famous crossing places (les Echelles de la Mort – the steps of death) and find out more about the history of the places you pass through.


Discover for example the itinerary La Bricotte:

Route : Maîche - Les Bois - Maison-Monsieur - Bonnétage - Maîche
Duration : 5 days
Distance : 77 km
Gradient: 2352 m

Difficulty: medium

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Good to know

  • Do not forget to book the acomodations in advance
  • Take ID papers


La Bricotte | PDF, 9.80 MB

Franco-Swiss Contraband Trails

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