All about Chamonix


Chamonix is a treat for all those who are looking for unforgettable views. Situated in the heart of the Alps, this small town fascinates travellers with the incredible perspective of the Mont Blanc massif as well as the view of a true sea of ice in the form of the Mer de Glace glacier.

But Chamonix is not just breath-taking mountain scenery. It is also the place of the first Winter Olympic Games and a grand skiing resort. It is not without a reason that is has been given the name of the ‘European capital of extreme sports’!

The greatest attractions in Chamonix


Chamonix Le Pass

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42,50€

Alpine Museum

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5,90€

Club des Sports

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10-70€

What can you find in the city?


It is wort visiting Rue du Docteur Paccard. This street resemblesKrupówkiin Zakopane, only located in the French Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Here you can find numerous shops with the most famous brands, particularly with ski wear. The latter particularly tempt tourists with out-of-season sales. It’s a good place to shop, walk and have a delicious dinner.

If you still have some energy left after an entire day of skiing, the perfect idea for the evening is a visit to Rue des Moulins, located right behind the main Chamonix-Mont-Blanc square. A place with many clubs and pubs – perfect for fans of parties.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Rue du Docteur Paccard

COST: FREE

Rue des Moulins

COST: FREE

Attractions in the region


An interesting experience will be a visit to the Mer de Glace glacier. It is the largest glacier in France with a length of 7 km and thickness of 200 meters. Tourists can additionally enter a grotto inside the glacier – Grotte de glace. The cable car ride to the glacier with entrance to the cave costs € 30.50.

Located near Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, the slopes of the Le Brévent peak are ideal for summer hiking. Additional attractions for tourists are two cabin cable cars, a ski lift and a gondola lift. What is interesting, when setting off from Chamonix you can admire the view of the Alps in two different ways: from the cable car or from a paraglider.

Around Chamonix, there are many other, equally attractive ski resorts. Les Praz de Chamonix, Les Houches, Servoz, Vallorcine and Argentière attract the most tourists.

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Mer de Glace

DISTANCE: 7 km

Le Brévent

DISTANCE: 7 km

Cuisine


In Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, as the typical French city, the flagship dish is. . .  a croissant and coffee. Apart from this, Chamonix cannot offer many places with a truly French menu. You will find here many English pubs and hotels serving traditional English breakfast. If you want to try typical French meals, you must unfortunately pay a visit to the store and buy some take-away.

What should you try?


An absolute must have during your travel to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is the local liquor genepi. The name originates from Alpine herbs used to produce it. It contains 40% alcohol, 40 kinds of herbs and 40g of sugar. Besides, you simply must buy French delicacies in the Refuge Payot chain. Here you can buy fresh bread, cheese and dried meat and sausages.

MENU


Genepi

liqueur made from sagebrushgrowing on the slopes of the Alps

Fondue

melted cheese with the addition of wine and strong alcohol

La Tartiflette

fried potatoes and onions baked in local reblochon cheese

Farcement

dish of baked potatoes, bacon, onions, prunes and raisins

Where to visit?


The Le Panoramic Restaurant on the top of Le Brévent with an unearthly view of Mont Blanc is globally unique. Before the visit, it is also worth keeping in mind that the prices are unearthly as well. If you are feeling like dining in a bit cheaper surrounding, it is better to head for one of the numerous bars where you can warm up with mulled wine and not just that. Beer pubs are also worth a mention, especially the microbrewery at Rue de Bouchet 350.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Le Panoramic

DINNER: 25-35€

Micro Brasserie de Chamonix

BEER: 5€

Weather


Arriving at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc you have to be prepared for truly English weather, despite the fact that the village is situated in France. In winter, the weather is capricious and, in the summer, it is often raining and the sun is a rarity. Because Chamonix is located 1035 m above sea level, even in the hottest period of the year the sun shines for only 5-7 hours during the day. However, you can always count on great winter skiing conditions.

THE COLDEST MONTH

January

/ -7°

Average temperature day/night

THE WARMEST MONTH

July

24°/ 9°

Average temperature day/night

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE

in the year

13°/ 1°

Average temperature day/night

When is the best time to fly to Chamonix?


Wanderers and lovers of beautiful views should visit in the spring, when the panoramic cable car connecting Helbronnen with the Aiguille du Midi is open. On the other hand, fans of winter sports should choose the period from December to May which is the skiing season in Chamonix. However, it is better to avoid periods like the holidays and New Year, it’s difficult to even book accommodations and the prices can be half as high.

Chamonix is around
6300 km from New York.
The flight is 7 hours and 45 minutes

Chamonix is around
800 km from London.
The flight is 1 hour and 35 minutes

Chamonix is around
900 km from Berlin.
The flight is 1 hour and 50 minutes

How to get from the airport to the city centre?


It is most convenient to get to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc from Geneva Airport in Switzerland. It is located 88 km north of the city. Although this distance may initially discourage, the wide range of carriers compensates for this inconvenience.

Well-organized public transport around Chamonix-Mont-Blanc allows easy access from the airport to the city. Prices of bus tickets usually range between 19 and 25 €. It is much better to buy a ticket online – this allows to eliminate the problem of long queues, and prices are lower than at points of sale. The timetable is available online on the official Chamonix website.

GENEVA

Cointrin

88 km

From the city centre

Bus

19€ (120 min)

Train

24€ (170 min)

How to get around Chamonix?


In the centre of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc there are two stations: the train station and the Montenvers station. Both are practically next to each other. The first one is the Tramway du Mont-Blanc railway station, running from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains to Vallorcine. Montenvers is in turn a rack railway station that leads to the Mer de Glace glacier.

Many tourists choose to travel to Chamonix by plane and rent a car once they arrive. Given the well-organized public transport and the small size of the town, if you plan to stay only in the centre of the city, renting a car seems unnecessary. However, it is a good option for those who are planning a sightseeing tour.

Prices in the city


Residing in the area with the best view of Europe’s highest mountain unfortunately costs money. Chamonix is definitely not the cheapest of destinations and you must bare this in mind when planning your trip. The most expensive places are, of course, those most often described as ‘must see’ with a beautiful view of Mont Blanc. But you can, of course, find places in the centre of Chamonix where you can save on grocery shopping.

Currency

euro

Coffee

2€

Croissant

4€

Lunch at the restaurant

20€

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