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Historical heritage

  • Abbaye d'Abondance

    Abbaye d'Abondance

    ABONDANCE

    This abbey dominates the village since the 12th century. Come discover an architectural, artistic and religious heritage of great renown.

  • Château de Ripaille

    Château de Ripaille

    THONON-LES-BAINS

    Historic, cultural and winemaking centre in Haute-Savoie, the Castle de Ripaille is also one of the biggest and most remarkable natural sites on the banks of Lake Geneva.

  • Château Saint-Michel d'Avully

    Château Saint-Michel d'Avully

    BRENTHONNE

    Private property classified as a Historic Monument, discover in a 14 hectare park a magnificently restored castle that has regained its medieval character (water ditches, lever bridge, keep, wall paintings).

  • Châteaux des Allinges

    Châteaux des Allinges

    ALLINGES

    Historical residence of St. Francis de Sales, the castles of Allinges are one of the emblematic sites of Chablais. The site offers an exceptional panorama on Lake
    Geneva, the Jura and the Prealps.

  • Funiculaire de Thonon-les-Bains

    Funiculaire de Thonon-les-Bains

    THONON-LES-BAINS

    Thonon’s 19th Century hillside railway, Constructed in 1888, ‘Le Funiculaire’ was moved by a counter-weighting system using 11 tons of water. Today, it still links the port to the town centre, but since 1990, it has been powered by electricity.

  • L'abbaye Sainte-Marie d'Aulps

    L'abbaye Sainte-Marie d'Aulps

    SAINT-JEAN-D'AULPS

    Founded in about 1095 by monks that came from the Molesne abbey in Burgundy, the abbey affiliated itself to the Cistercians in 1136 after which it became one of the most powerful in medieval Savoie due its income from property rights.

  • Cité médiévale d'Yvoire

    YVOIRE

    Located on the French shore of Lake Geneva, Yvoire is a fourteenth century medieval village. It has retained precious elements from the past. Yvoire has received a national prize for its floral decoration, and is a member of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. Nestled in the heart of this charming village, an exceptional private garden classified "Remarkable Garden". The Garden of Five Senses is inspired by the symbolism of medieval mazes and invites to a unique sensory walk where plants reveal their secrets.