Val-Cenis - Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis

The fort of Variselle lays at 2118m altitude. You will be conquered by its panorama (view over the lake, the Signal du Grand Mont-Cenis, la pointe de Ronce...)


It is the largest of the works on Mont-Cenis, it is also its commanding fort. Its pentagonal plan, inspired by Montalembert architecture, adapts to the relief with two floors of semi-casemated fire (artillery and gunfire). The artillery of the Variselle fort included 27 cannons, with a range of 6,000 m. These pieces were installed in vaulted casemates, open at the rear. The central area of the fort was occupied by a vast buried and casemated barracks, which was deflected below the level of the courtyard; it housed the cantonments, the powder magazines, the projectile depot, the food shop, the infirmary, the bread oven and the various infrastructures necessary for the needs of the Italian infantry called upon to carry out operations in the sector.

Période d'ouverture

From 15/05 to 01/11, daily.
Depending on the opening dates of the Mont Cenis pass and the snow conditions. Please note that the fort cannot be visited.

Équipements & Services

  • Pets welcome


Free access.




20 min walk from the Mont-Cenis dam wall

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Le Mont Cenis
73480 Val-Cenis
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