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10 must-see sites to discover

The natural beauty found in the Savoie and Haute-Savoie rubs elbows with the abundance of structural heritage. Glaciers, churches, castles, military forts, and so forth. Here are 10 amazing sites to explore.

Abbaye de Hautecombe depuis le lac du Bourget
#1

HAUTECOMBE ABBEY

Built in the 12th century overlooking Lake Bourget, Hautecombe Abbey is the final resting place of Savoy royalty.

Train du Montenvers et Mer de Glace à Chamonix Mont-Blanc
#2

THE MER DE GLACE

The Montenvers rack railway takes you from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to the largest glacier in France.

Vue sur le fort Victor-Emmanuel - Barrière de l'Esseillon à Aussois
#3

THE ESSEILLON FORTS

In the Maurienne, the Esseillon stronghold is made up of five forts representing the particular history of the area.

Palais de l'Isle dans la vieille ville d'Annecy
#4

Annecy 

With its canals decorated with flowers irrigated directly with the pure lake water, Annecy lives up to its nickname, the ‘Venice of the Alps’.

Notre dame de l'Assomption à Valloire
#5

BAROQUE ART

Sober on the outside, the baroque churches and chapels in the Savoie and Haute-Savoie hold an explosion of golds and colours on the inside.

Cirque du Fer à Cheval dans la réserve naturelle de Sixt Fer à Cheval
#6

THE FER À CHEVAL CORRIE

The natural Fer à Cheval corrie in the Sixt Valley has close to 30 waterfalls cascading over its cliffs in the springtime.

Château des Ducs de Savoie à Chambéry
#7

Chambéry 

Covered alleys and old, brightly painted mansions decorate the city of the Dukes of Savoy.

Randonnée près du refuge du Mont Pourri dans le Parc national de la Vanoise
#8

VANOISE NATIONAL PARK

Created in 1963, the first French national park is home to abundant, protected flora and fauna

Vue aérienne depuis le col de Bluffy sur le Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard
#9

CHÂTEAU DE MENTHON-SAINT-BERNARD

The same family has lived in the castle thought to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s fairy tales for over a thousand years.

Yvoire - Le port
#10

Yvoire 

This medieval city on the banks of Lake Geneva—with its castle and Garden of Five Senses—is listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages