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  • CHAMONIX, FRANCE CITY GUIDE

GETTING AROUND CHAMONIX

Chamonix’s center is small and easily walkable. Take some time to carefully browse the cheese and craft shops, as well as to sip a café and people watch in this bustling mountaineering town. For exploring more of the Chamonix Valley, there is a clean, reliable, and easy to use bus system. Information can be found at the Office du Tourisme, or you check with your hotel concierge for the best way to get to your destination. A great resource for additional information on the town and valley is chamonix.com.

THINGS TO DO IN CHAMONIX

Map showing points of interest in Chamonix1. CHAMONIX TOURIST OFFICE

The tourist office has a warm and spacious reception area where visitors will find brochures and information on outdoor activities, spas, golf, restaurants, and more.

2. ALPINE MUSEUM

Check out the exhibits displaying the fascinating history of Chamonix’s mountaineers, including the first woman to summit Mont Blanc!

3. OFFICE DU HAUTE MONTAGNE

Here, you’ll find a relief map of the Mont Blanc range and other very interesting information of these domineering mountains.

4. AGUILLE DU MIDI CABLE CAR

Take an incredible cable car trip to a platform at 12,600 feet, where on a clear day, you can view Mont Blanc up close and see mountaineers on their ascent! Visit the cafe, gift shop, and small museum at the top. Hiking to the mid-point is also an option.

5. CLOCHE & SONNETTES

Learn how the classic cow bells are made, and buy one for yourself! This business has been in the same family for multiple generations—located just outside of town past the Aiguille du Midi.

6. MER DE GLACE ICE CAVES

The Montenvers Train is a beautiful ride up to theMer de Glace glacier, where you can descend into the “Grotto” ice cave. See the Glacorium (Glacier Museum) and Grand Hotel du Montevers, with a restaurant and intriguing museum of the area’s history.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Explore the region on bike—on easy river side trails or more challenging hilly dirt trails. Several local shops rent bikes.

LOCAL MARKETS

Summertime brings daily markets in various locations in the valley featuring fresh produce, local cheese, and crafts. Go to Chamonix.net for more information.

For hotel recommendations, please see the Pre- & Post-Tour section of your Trip Planner.

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