Jul-Aug: 9.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-6.30pm; rest of year: telephone for timetable - closed 1 Jan, Good Fri, 11 Nov, 25-26 Dec
Whether you reach the island of Vassivière (home to the International centre of art and landscape) on foot or by a small train, the bridge commands a stunning view over both shores of the lake. The latter is set in unspoiled wooded hillsides. Covering 1,000ha/2,471 acres, the man-made lake is the result of a dam construction across the River Maulde at Vassivière. Hiking trail, also accessible to mountain bikes, on the shores of the lake.