Chambery

Not just a gateway to some of the finest skiing in the French Alps, Chambéry is an irresistibly charming destination in its own right.

Stroll around the narrow medieval streets of its immaculate old town to enjoy the stunning castle, impressive art galleries and lively family-run restaurants. *Please note this route is seasonal

Getting Around

The airport sits about 7 miles (11km) from the city on the shores of Lac du Bourget in the Rhône-Alpes region. Expect impressive views as you land! During ski season (Dec-April) shuttle buses run to most nearby ski resorts, or you can opt for car hire or taxi.

The old town is compact and easier to see on foot, while local buses cover the suburbs and wider countryside. Or get active and hire a bike!

Language

French

Time Difference

1 hr ahead of GMT

Currency

Euro

Neighbourhoods To See

Ville Ancienne: For history

Historic seat of power of the Savoy region, the old town retains a lovely old-world atmosphere. Wander the landmarks including the Castle of the Dukes of Savoy, the Cathedral of Saint-François-de-Sales and the Fountain of Elephants.

Aix-Les-Bains: For relaxation

Famous since Roman times for its healing natural springs, this town has many spa hotels sitting atop thermal springs, offering the ideal post-ski pick-me-up.

Chignin: For wine

Surrounded by vineyards, picturesque Chignin is a short drive from central Chambéry. Stop by vineyards to sample light whites and peppery reds from this protected wine-growing region.

Essential Sights

Castle of the Dukes of Savoy

Book a guided tour of this elegant 18th-century castle to learn about the history of the Savoyard nobility and the regional council who still meet here.

Musée des Beaux Arts

This marvellous museum is known for its Italian collection, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Paolo Uccello’s Portrait of a Young Man and Jean de Bruges’ Adoration of the Magi.

Lac du Bourget

Forests and beaches skirt the shore of France’s largest lake, which has snow-capped peaks as its dramatic backdrop. An essential stop, even in winter.

Les Charmettes

Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived in this picturesque village in the early 1700s. Visit his house to see places featured in his Confessions and explore a museum all about the writer.

Savoy Museum

Chambéry is the historic heart of the Savoy. Explore that history here, from Roman era to the present day.

Food and Drink

Many Savoyard dishes were designed to fill the stomachs of shepherds and labourers – think hot and hearty! Seek out restaurants in the Les Tables de l’Alpe group, dedicated to making traditional Savoyard recipes using local ingredients, washed down with delicious local wines.

Events

FEBRUARY | Les Nuits de la Roulotte and Chambéry Carnival

Les Nuits is a vibrant celebration of gypsy music, and the carnival treats the town to a series of floats and street artists.

JUNE | Lafi Bala Festival

A celebration of the art, music and cinema of Burkina Faso.

SEPTEMBER | Fair of Savoy

Enjoy exhibitions of all things local.

OCTOBER | Comic Strip Festival

The festival honours the bande dessinée, a beloved French art form.

DECEMBER | Christmas markets

Stunning markets selling festive atmosphere and Savoyard gifts galore.

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