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Sightseeing in Chamonix - what to see. Complete travel guide

Nowadays the commune of Chamonix is known as one of the major centers of tourism and winter sports in the Alps of France. Here have taken place the first Winter Olympics in the history of sport (1924).
Chamonix would surprise its guests with an abundance of attractions; sightseeing will please vacationers. The Alpine Museum invites tourists to learn many interesting facts about the history … Open
Chamonix is particularly attractive by the affordability of services and adaptability of many trails for amateurs and beginners. The 20 mile long off-track slope from the 3843m peak (Aiguille du Midi) is widely known not only in this town. The funicular leading to the peak was built in1955 and had no equal lifts at that time.
The main sights of Chamonix are Mont Blanc Tramway mountain railways and Montenvers Railway, which are equipped with the third rail and with teeth. Travelers will also find much interesting in Alpine Museum. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In winter, skiing is the most popular entertainment. Chamonix has excellent trails for skiers and snowboarders. Professional trainers provide trainings for those who are just beginning to … Open
The cultural life of Chamonix is also very rich in activities. Here are conducted numerous sports competitions, music and cultural events. Among them are the famous 24 hour motor race on ice, Christmas events, festivals, short films, all kinds of tournaments, and much more. A big part of the events (L'arrivee du Pere Noel (Father Christmas meeting), a children's carnival, etc.) are specially created for tourists with children.
View from Le Praz The region is primarily famous for its nature attractions. Its main symbol is the White Valley. In this area, there are the most popular ski slopes visited by ordinary hikers, as well as by photographers from all over the world. Exactly here, you can admire fabulous mountain landscapes, walk along snowy forests, ride by cable car and see all the natural beauties from heights.
1. Ski season in Chamonix runs from mid-December to late March, but under favorable weather conditions you can go skiing up to the middle of May. It’s worth noting that the climate is … Open
Another world-famous attraction is the Mer de Glace that occupies almost 33 km2. Over the recent years, this big glacier was “transformed” into the tourist center. The most unusual site here is an artificial ice cave. In it, you can visit the interesting exhibition dedicated to the natives of the alpine districts. Not far from this unusual cave museum, there is another museum, the Glaciarium. Its main value is the rich collection of minerals. In the museum, you can also see different multimedia exhibits.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc In the southwest of Chamonix, there is English Lake that is also known to many experienced tourists as Lake Sinclair. If you see this fascinating lake now, you will hardly imagine that it is artificial. The lake was “created” upon the order of Lord Sinclair who bought a plot of land here in the late 19th century. Despite the fact that the lake is artificial, it is fed by natural water flows. In the warm period, it is a popular place for recreation. Different sports competitions are held here.
This high-class ski resort is well known to winter sports enthusiasts from around the world; it features an abundance of attractive restaurants and bars. Here you can find restaurants … Open
Every Saturday, an interesting traditional event is organized in the center of Chamonix. The wonderful market is opened here. Several streets are closed specifically for this. The center of Chamonix becomes a pedestrian zone. The market is very popular with tourists, as they can buy here the best national delicacies. The most popular treats here are fried chickens cooked directly on the market. You can buy this chicken and fresh bread, go to the nearby park and picnic.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc At the resort, there are several sports centers, the most famous of which is O’lympide. It offers its visitors to visit the water park with slides and pools, several types of baths and saunas, and try a lot of other additional services.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Chamonix and surroundings

Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Chamonix
♥   Castle 'Château de Beaufort' Savoie, 31.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Arvier Castle' Arvier, 33.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Introd Castle' Introd, 35.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Châtel-Argent' Villeneuve, 35.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Saint-Pierre Castle' Saint-Pierre, 36.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Chamonix
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso' , 56.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Massif des Bauges' , 62.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Haut-Jura' , 85.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Chartreuse' , 103.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch' , 111.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Chamonix from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Niouc Bridge

From the series “Thrilling Points for Bungee Jumping”
Thanks to the fortifications built in 1996, the bridge is no longer rocked by the wind, so you can jump out of altitude in the most comfortable conditions. Niouc is the highest peak in Switzerland, making it a place of interest for the world. The price for Freifall, which takes 4 seconds, is quite high and makes more than 200 USD. It should be noted that the platform for Bunjee jumping is open only at the daytime. … Read further

Yvoire

From the series “Nooks and Villages That Are More Colorful Than Top Touristic Destinations”
Yvoire is one of the few villages in France, where for hundreds of years, the inhabitants have been cherishing good historical traditions. For example, in summer they decorate houses and streets with flowers. That’s why travelers are advised to visit the village during warmer months. Travellers who decide to see one of the most beautiful villages in France, will be able to admire the preserved medieval fortifications, visit wonderful local restaurants serving homemade food, and choose unique souvenirs in the local craft shops. … Read further

Flower Clock in the English Garden

From the series “Enchanting Flower Clocks Built by Humans”
Each year, the best florists, designers, gardeners, and watchmakers in Switzerland work on building the clock. Despite the fact that the flower installation on the shore of Lake Geneva has long given its leading position on the scale, it still possesses a kind of record. This clock has the longest second hand in the world. It’s also worth noting that the clock mechanism is electronic. In the coming years, experts expect to replace it with mechanical one and make a special window through which curious visitors will be able to observe the work of clock. … Read further
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