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Historical heritage

  • Abbaye d'Abondance

    Abbaye d'Abondance

    ABONDANCE
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    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
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    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
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    Situated in the Lake Geneva basin, in Chablais, between Thonon and Annemasse, the castle extends over a private domain of 15 hectares on the mountainside. Listed as a Historic Monument, it has been magnificently restored and has recovered all its medieval cachet.

  • 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.

  • Cité médiévale d'Yvoire

    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.

  • Domaine de Découverte de la Vallée d'Aulps

    Domaine de Découverte de la Vallée d'Aulps

    SAINT-JEAN-D'AULPS

    A renovated former monastic farm housing an interpretation centre with 650m² of exhibition space: displays on the monks’ daily life; links between the Abbaye d’Aulps and the Savoie; the unexpected story of its final destruction; and medicinal plants

  • 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.

  • Le funiculaire

    Le funiculaire

    ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS

    Inaugurated in 1907, its function was to transport the curists from the large hotels in upper Evian to the spring, the thermal refreshment bar and the thermal establishment (today's Palais Lumière).