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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, more commonly known as Chamonix, is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924.

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What you will see and do in Chamonix:

  ❄️ Glacial landform     ⛰️ Mountain range     ⛰️ Hill station     ⛰️ Mountaineering     🌲 Forest     ⛰️ Highland  

Travel Tips for visiting Chamonix

About the French city of Chamonix 



As the host of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, Chamonix will always have a place in history books. Chamonix's main attraction is the Mont Blanc, the highest point in Western Europe, and the ski areas that overlook the valley. The slopes around it are more for experienced skiers: they are steep and the weather is not always favorable. But there are a few runs for beginners. Also, note that Pierce Brosnan came here to film a James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough. At an altitude of over 1,000 meters, it allows its visitors to enjoy the pleasures of the mountains. They can try their hand at a number of fun activities to push their limits and get their adrenaline flowing. Between water sports, discoveries, traditions, and extreme sports, they can leave their comfort zone.

To do in summer in Chamonix



Canyoning is one of the most fun outdoor activities to do in Chamonix. It is one of the most popular sports for holidaymakers. It has the advantage of mixing caving, discovery, climbing and water sports. It is also a great way to experience the thrill of the jumps and abseils that the participants have to make. But it also allows travellers to discover the mountains in a completely different way. In the midst of steep landscapes and ancient waterways, they can better appreciate its incredible richness.
Rafting is also available as an activity. This white water sport allows participants to have fun while getting their adrenaline flowing. On family boats, they can take on the rapids and torrents of the river.
Canoeing and kayaking can also be good alternatives. To get some height, you can take a microlight trip over the Mont Blanc. It is also possible to climb Mont Blanc.

To do in winter in Chamonix



Of course, nothing beats outdoor activities in Chamonix in winter. When the mountain is covered in white, travelers can only appreciate its relief better. Also, they can try their hand at a variety of outdoor activities to explore its extraordinary massifs and glaciers.
Among the outdoor activities to do in Chamonix, skiing and snowboarding are obviously the most popular. This commune of the Alps is indeed one of the most beautiful winter sports resorts of the massif. It invites holidaymakers to enjoy the pleasures of skiing at the foot of majestic thousand-year-old peaks.
You can also take a dog sled ride, go paragliding to admire the view or take a helicopter flight over Mont Blanc.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Chamonix

Where to stay in Chamonix ?

Choosing the town center for accommodation in Chamonix will have the advantage of being close to the cable cars for climbing the ski area, or in summer, the hiking trails

North of Chamonix, towards Les Praz-de-Chamonix, will give you the advantage of being close to the town's golf course and the La Flégère cable car. It allows you to hike on the slopes of the Aiguille de la Floria.

Another alternative to staying in Chamonix is Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. The town center of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is not very big, but it offers the possibility to do everything on foot. It is also a very famous spa resort.

One week is the minimum to visit Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Between the must-sees, the moments of relaxation and the numerous sports activities, the ideal would be to stay 15 days.

Two days in Chamonix go by very quickly!

Improvise yourselves as explorers 

Take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to 3777 metres. At this height, enjoy the terraces offering a 360° view of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. You will find sensational attractions such as "stepping into the void" (a transparent box allowing you to walk above the mountains) or the "tube" which allows you to go around the central pillar of the Aiguille du Midi. Then, take the lift to the top terrace at 3842 metres, to discover a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc.
Climb aboard the Montenvers train, one of the 5 cogwheel trains in France. It will take you on a journey to the heart of the Mer de Glace. You will find a glaciorium where you can learn all about this majestic ice formation. A few hikes are possible from Montenvers to the Aiguille via the large north balcony or down to Chamonix via Les Planards or the village of Les Bois.

Explore the treasures of the region

The Crystal Museum offers guided tours by a crystal maker in the afternoons during school holidays. Treasure hunts and escape games are organised to discover the mysteries of these magnificent mountains. Dare to fly above these majestic landscapes on a paragliding trip. And finally, if you don't want to miss anything of the town of Chamonix, take the tourist train to discover its history, its monuments, its sports and its secrets.

Yes, Chamonix has a train station. There are even two train stations in Chamonix: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and Chamonix Aiguille du Midi.

Both are accessible with the Mont Blanc Express train (famous red and white train in the mountains). It connects Martigny (in Switzerland) to Saint-Gervais-les-bains-le Fayet (in France) via Chamonix and Vallorcine (French-Swiss border).

It takes about 40 minutes from Saint Gervais-le Fayet to Chamonix and about 2 hours from Martigny to Chamonix.

The Mont Blanc Express train is connected to the SNCF, TGV and Léman Express (new) network from St Gervais le Fayet station.

Yes, Chamonix is not just about skiing. There are many otherthings to do.

Enjoy the friendly places: having a pedestrian pass gives you access to restaurants high up in the mountains. Enjoy the bars and their mountain atmosphere.
The gastronomy and flavours of the mountains also await you at the Saturday morning markets

You can go up to the Aiguille du Midi and enjoy the attractions there: a panoramic view, a walk around the central pillar of the Aiguille du Midi.

Enjoy other sports: sensational ones such as paragliding or dog sledding. More leisurely but just as energetic (if not more!) is snowshoe walking. Snowshoe walking is very popular and you can be accompanied by a professional guide in a group or not. Discover the mountains at a different pace. No snow? Ask at the Tourist Office and discover all the hiking trails!

Visit museums and galleries: marvel at the Espace Tairraz Crystal Museum and discover the origins of the region and its attractions at the Maison de la mémoire et du patrimoine and the Musée Alpin.

Special occasion (or not): take advantage of the spas and other relaxation areas in Chamonix luxury hotels. It is possible to use the services of a hotel without being a guest for the night. A supplement will be charged.

Chamonix hotels organise parties and events during the holidays and especially on national holidays. Check the calendar before you book!





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