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Motz - Seyssel

Distance 5.5km
Time 2h
+ 170m
- 163m


Seyssel is one of the most ancient cities in the Rhône Valley. Due to its location, it switched hands between France and Savoie many times as well being split in half depending on the political situation of the area.
Seyssel's bridge is thus of great importance for the city as it connects its two halves. In Roman times the city had a stone bridge, while in the Middle Ages, the bridge disappeared, having perhaps been carried away by a rise in the river. During this period one could cross the river by bark, boat or on wooden bridges which rarely lasted a long time. After each swelling of the river, a slow and inconvenient ferry cable was installed.
During periods when roads were often missing or in very bad shape, rivers were often the most efficient means of transport. The surrounding region used the Rhône for transport. An important fact for Seyssel as it is located on a portion of the river that is not navigable and hence allowed the city to become the warehouse for all goods coming through the area.
From the North came Seyssel stone and wine, wood coal, fruits, leather, animals, butter and cheese. Travelers from Geneva and Savoie also passed through the town on their way to Lyon, Bourgogne, or the Dauphiné as well as the central or southern regions of France.
From the South travelers heading to Savoie, Geneva and Switzerland stopped at Seyssel along with coal, metals, tissues, leather, grains and wine from other regions. This commercial and industrial activity brought many foreigners to Seyssel.

Seyssel and the Protestant Exile from the Principality of Orange

The Principality of Orange existed in an uncomfortable political environment as it was surrounded by the Dauphiné, the Languedoc, the Provence, French land, and the Comtat Venaissin.
This stronghold for "Reformers" was fortified by Maurice d'Orange-Nassau, and attracted the attention of Louis XIV, who ordered the destruction of its walls in 1661 and the demolition of its citadel two years later. In 1685, the King of France simply invaded the principality and enforced the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Those Orange Protestants who could, choose to emigrate to The Hague.
Following the death of Prince Guillaume III of Orange in 1702, France occupied the principality once again to thwart other interested parties such as King Frederick I of Prussia. Upon losing their sovereignty again, the Reformists of Orange were subject to the Edict of Fontainebleau. Those who wished to continue following their faith were exiled. At this point, the population of the principality was around 10,000 of which more than a third was Protestant.
Diplomacy and politics enabled these Protestants to emigrate openly unlike their French coreligionists. In July 1703, specific itineraries were established for their trip to Geneva.
The men, separated from their families, had to pass by Nice (a part of the Savoie), then by the Tende pass, Turin, Mount Cenis, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Annecy, and finally, 22 days later, they arrived in Geneva.
The women and children were carried on overburden barks for 29 days where they suffered insults and bad weather, before landing in Seyssel. They were then transferred to the Genevans, and their carriages drawn by six horses, who brought them the last six leagues to Geneva.
  • France Culture, Radio program by the Comité Protestant des Amitiés Françaises à l’Étranger, December 2nd, 2001.
  • Felix, Fred. "Journal de route d'un exilé d'Orange en 1703". Association Suisse pour l'Histoire du Refuge huguenot: 1993 n°15. Republished recently in German: "Die Ausweisung der Protestanten aus dem Fürstentum Orange 1703 und 1711-1713" Genève Droz /Bad Karlshafen 2000.
  • Text written by Saxer, Simone. VIA foundation - Sur les pas des Huguenots et des Vaudois en Suisse.
  • "Schaffhauser Beitrage zur Geschichte". Edition: Historischen Verein des kantons Schaffhausen Band 69 - 1992.
  • "Recueil de Plusieurs Curieuses tant en prose qu’en vers, tirées de plusieurs auteurs", including "Abrégé de la sortie des habitants de la Religion Reformée de la Principauté d’Orange". Berlin 1718. We would like to thank the Bibliothèque du Consistoire de l’Église Française in Berlin
  • Seyssel’s History by Félix Fenouillet. Edition: Le livre d’histoire, Paris 2012. 
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Tourist information

Bourgs de Seyssel    Seyssel





Exhibition    Seyssel

Photographies Exhibition    Seyssel

Exhibition    Seyssel

Color walk    Seyssel


Running    Seyssel



Artist Exhibition "Art Traboules"    Seyssel

Festi'Rhône    Seyssel


European heritage days    Seyssel




The old bridge in Seyssel takes us back in time.

Téléphone : 04 50 59 26 56



This tributary has its source in the Aravis and comes to meet the Rhône in Seyssel Haute-Savoie, with its interesting eco-sytem.

Téléphone : 04 50 59 26 56







Canal transport Exhibition    Seyssel


Posté par Christiane sur le chemin des Huguenots le 14/06/2019 :

 Oui bien d'accord,  peu de personnes connaissent ce chemin et aucun panneaux d'information,  j'essaie de le faire connaître aux endroits où je m'arrête et aux personnes que je rencontre

Posté par Françoise Dècle le 15/05/2019 :

 On rentre en Haute Savoie peu avant Seyssel et pas plus de panneaux sur les Pas des huguenots qu'en Savoie ! Un petit tour à l'office du tourisme de Seyssel pour les questionner à ce sujet , mais s'ils ont entendu parler du chemin , ils ne savent pas où ils passe exactement et ont même tenté de me convaincre qu'il ne passait pas à Seyssel !

Posté par Posté par Luc Rousset le 09/09/2017 le 09/09/2017 :

Hébergement : Camping de Seyssel. Bruyant à proximité d'une départementale, indispensable prévoir boules kiess ! Personnel accuellant. Possibilité de dormir dans un Marbout ou Tipi (lit confortable, à prévoir uniquement sac à viande). Mention spécial pour la Matouille (plat régional) du restaurant dans le camping.

Posté par Johannes Melsen le 28/03/2014 :

Le tronçon français du chemin des Huguenots est en cours d'homologation en tant que GR. Cette homologation induit quelques modifications de tracé.

Ces nouveaux tracés ne sont actuellement pas balisés ce qui exclue la mise en ligne des topo-fiches pour ces parcours.

Pour l'étape Serrières - Seyssel le descriptif actuel reste valable.

Nous vous remercions pour votre compréhension.

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Tourist Offices

Haut Rhône Tourism    Tourism institutionsSeyssel


All year, the Haut Rhône Tourism opens you its doors. A wide documentation of the departments of Ain, the Savoie and Haute-Savoie is at your disposal self-service.

Téléphone : 04 50 59 26 56

Accommodation Partners Accommodation Partners

Other Accommodations

  Bed & breakfastSeyssel


Bed and breakfast "La Rotisserie du Fier"    Bed & breakfastSeyssel


In a nice and quiet setting along the Fier, enjoy a relaxing and gourmet moment.

Téléphone : 04 50 59 21 64
Téléphone : 06 66 41 21 64
Téléphone : 06 59 05 17 38

  Group gîteSeyssel


It is possible to hold events in this hostel with a meal included as well as a dance floor if you want to whether it is for a family event, a reception or a meeting. You will have a spot for the catering and a spot to wash the disches at your disposal. They can welcome cyclists.

Téléphone : 04 50 56 04 75
Téléphone : 06 11 40 83 83

  Holiday centresSeyssel


The MFR is located next to the city center of Seyssel (shops, services) and in a quiet and calm area close to the big cities such as Annecy, Chambéry...

Téléphone : 04 50 56 13 05

Hôtel Beau Séjour    Hotel - restaurantSeyssel


Hotel with a wonderful view on the Rhône and on the old bridge of Seyssel.

Téléphone : 04 50 56 11 84

Le Nant Matraz Camp-site    CampsiteSeyssel


Natural setting by the Rhône. Calm and cosy atmosphere. Véloroute, ViaRhôna and Santiago de Compostella hikers are welcomed. Nearby the city and stores.

Téléphone : 04 50 48 56 40
Téléphone : 06 52 90 62 50







Les allobroges

Bed and breakfast "La Rotisserie du Fier"    Hotel-RestaurantSeyssel


In a nice and quiet setting along the Fier, enjoy a relaxing and gourmet moment.

Téléphone : 06 66 41 21 64
Téléphone : 06 59 05 17 38
Téléphone : 04 50 59 21 64






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