Jura N° 5 – Toblerones

Before and during World War II, Switzerland erected defense lines with anti-tank concrete blocks. Each block weighs 9 tons and a total of 2700 of them were scattered close to the borders. Their shape led them to be called “Toblerones”.

We have been passing many such structures since the beginning of this hike, a number of them are almost buried under vegetation; there are also bunkers. In order to see them, it is not necessary to travel to the Jura. There is a 10 km long “Toblerone line trail” near Nyon.

Avant et pendant la 2e guerre mondiale la Suisse a érigé des lignes de défense anti-chars dans ses régions frontalières. Ces blocs de béton pèse 9 tonnes la pièce et il en existe 2700.  Leur forme leur a valu le surnom de “toblerones” .

Depuis le début de notre randonnée nous avons vu beaucoup de ces structures. Certaines sont presque entièrement recouvertes de végétation. Il y a aussi des bunkers çà et là. Pour voir ces toblerones, pas besoin de se rendre dans le Jura : le “sentier des toblerones”  long d’une dizaine de kilomètres se trouve dans la région de Nyon.

 

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