Pic du Jer
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Pic du Jer is a 948 meter high hill overlooking the town of Lourdes and the Bigorre plains. It is accessible via a funicular railway* built in the last years of the 19th century.
The funicular trip lasts between 6-10 minutes, it moving at a maximum speed of 11km/hour.
From the top of Pic du Jer the visitor can admire also view the of the central Pyrenees Mountains range, the Pic du Midi, the Vignemale etc.
At the end of the Ice Age some 15,000 years ago the melting ice formed a grotto on the top of the Pic du Jer that was inhabited by the prehistoric man. The grotto was opened to the public in 1958 and is entrance free.
*The principle of funicular railways consists in the balance between two vehicles linked by a cable: when one vehicle is at the down station, the length of the cable is such that the second vehicle is at the top station.
All day from 9h30 am to 5 pm
Last climb : 16h15 From 22 of March to 3 of November:
Everyday from 9.30 am to 6 pm
Last climb: 5:15pm
From 8th of July to 22nd of September:
Daily from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm
Last climb: 18h15