This is a path following in the footsteps of Rousseau not for philosophizing, but for daydreaming... whether you're alone or with other walkers, and discovering majestic viewpoints of the Chambéry Valley.

Sport Jean-Jacques Rousseau's walk Chambéry


Departing from Chambéry (73000)
Average length : 02h30
Distance : 6.5km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

- The Charmettes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's House. An officially listed "Maison des Illustres" (House of the Illustrious), this residence is the place where the famous philosopher's personality and mind were forged. Today it is a museum of literary recollections.
- Château de Boigne and its alpine rose garden.
- Numerous viewpoints of the valley of Chambéry.
- Local products presented at La Ruche Boutik', the shop of the Tourist Office of Chambéry Montagnes.

Total elevation gain : 180m
Altitude max : 455m
Vertical drop : 180m


Yellow markings.

Difficult passages

Be careful of traffic when crossing the "Avenue de la Grande Chartreuse", the road is narrow and there's little place for pedestrians.

Map references

TOP 25 IGN - 3333 OT - Massif de la Chartreuse Nord

Further informations

Stone, Grit, Hard coating (tar, cement, flooring)

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    Start in front of La Ruche Boutik' (the Tourist Information Centre shop).

    1/ Go around the building by the right and cross the "Carré Curial" beside "Espace Malraux". Then cross the "Rue Michaud" and take the "Rue de la Calamine" as far as the Calamine Park (Parc de la Calamine).

    2/ Go up through the park via the tarred path and follow it to the end, then continue via the trail alongside the mountain stream. The trail then goes into the meadow (a cul de sac lane allows you to reach the first information board), then go up through the forest to the crossing of the "Avenue de la Grande Chartreuse" (cross on the zebra crossing).

    3/ Take the "Chemin de Jean-Jacques" facing you, and then, the stony path going uphill to the right. Follow it and in 10 minutes you'll arrive at a small square.

    4/ Follow the lane called the "Chemin des Rendez-vous" to the right and continue further on on the "Chemin de Rosemond".

    5/ At the following two junctions, go along the "Parc de l'Étincelle" (park) which has some children's play areas. At the end of this park near the water tower there is a second information board.

    6/ The track then becomes a trail, traverses a wooded area and then descends left between the meadows. At the bottom of the meadows, take the left trail, which becomes a track again while entering a sweet chestnut tree forest after a right bend.

    7/ After walking for 5 minutes you come to a road that you cross to take another one that descends slightly to the left and that we leave very quickly to take a dirt track to the right.

    8/ Before following this track, a slight detour by continuing on the road allows you to discover the "Charmettes" below, the residence of Madame de Warens where Rousseau lived from 1736 to 1742 and which he evokes in his book, "Confessions". Then go back to the start of the dirt track.

    9/ The track goes through a wood, then meadows and further on reaches houses. After a slight descent, take the first road on the left (Route de Chanaz) and 300 m further on, a descending path on the left.

    10/ At the end of this descent, cross the road (zebra crossing) and enter the meadow facing you. The path goes into a poplar forest, go up via steps, go downhill and come out onto the road called "Chemin du Vercors".

    11/ Follow the road right for 100 m, take to the left the little steps and the passage in an old wall bordering the "Parc de Buisson Rond".

    12/ Go down through the park, and then traverse the rose garden and go around the Château de Boigne.

    13/ Then take the path below the castle to the left bordering the skating rink (patinoire) as far as the Monge roundabout.

    14/ Turn left onto the "Avenue Marius Berroir" while walking alongside the Lycée Monge (secondary school), then at the roundabout go straight ahead on the "Rue Costa de Beauregard".

    15/ At the next roundabout, be sure to climb the steps of the "Chemin de la Fontaine Saint Martin" to admire the wonderful view of the roofs of the old town.
    Go back down the steps and at the roundabout take the "Rue de la République" to the left to return to the starting point.


    Free access.


    Animals allowed
    Languages informatives signs : French
    Not adapted to strollers

    Dogs must be kept on a lead.

    Period of practice

    All year round.

    • Pets welcome


    La Ruche Boutik' 240 rue de la République 73000 Chambéry
    Departing from : Chambéry (73000)
    Latitude : 45.564018 - Longitude : 5.925467

    Start near the C, 2 and 3 bus lines (bus stop "Curial").

    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
    Information update on 20/07/2022 by Grand Chambéry Alpes Tourisme