A jewel at the foot of Mont-Blanc: Chamonix
Mythic Chamonix is reputed to be the the world capital of ski and alpinism. Considered to be the “roof of Europe”, Chamonix-Mont Blanc is the world’s third-‐ranking most visited natural area, continuing to attract millions of visitors and thousands of mountaineers and ski enthusiasts every year. In the streets of this high mountain town, one cannot escape the beautiful music of languages from every corner of the globe. The people who come to this 'summit meeting' share the same way of thinking, the same passion for this mountain paradise. Situated at the foot of the Mont Blanc, the station offers a wide variety of sports and activities in which one can attain tranquility, inspiration, personal enhancement, exercise and adventure in an environment of amazing beauty.There is something in this Utopia for everyone , both children and adults, novice to the most experienced hiker or skier.
Whether you are hiking, skiing or strolling in the historic town center, wherever one looks up, you cannot escape the elegance and the breathtaking majesty of the Mont Blanc ... 4,810 metres (15,781 ft) of rock, snow, ice and dreams of things to come. The colorful and animated streets of Chamonix are lined by reputed sports boutiques, luxury stores, top notch restaurants, bars, cafes, and museums. In addition there is an ice skating rink, a swimming pool, a bowling, a cinema, an indoor rock climbing wall, a weight training room, tennis facilities and a golf course. On Saturday mornings, the local market offers a wide variety of fresh local products.
Chamonix is also blessed by an incredibly rich and diverse architectural heritage where traditional and modern styles rub shoulders and contribute to the cities' unique and enigmatic charm. Meander through the town and outlying villages and you will discover Baroque churches and Protestant chapels dating from several hundred years, hotels and palaces from the golden age of Art Deco, traditional farmhouses, colossal villas, and chalets in stark contrast with more modern architecture.
Chamonix is situated at an altitude of 1035 meters in the North-‐Western part of the Alps, only 15 km from the Swiss border via the Col des Montets and 15 km from Italy via the Mont-Blanc tunnel. The natural border, where these three countries converge, lies at 3820 meters on the summit of the Mont Dolent. Chamonix and its valley are dominated by the Mont Blanc chain to the South and the Aiguilles Rouges (Red peaks) to the North.The valley of Chamonix is of glacial origin and measures 28KM which extends from Saint Gervais La Fayet to the Swiss border. The valley of Chamonix encompasses several unique and charming villages: Servoz, les Houches, les Bossons, les Praz, les Tines, Argentière, Montroc, and at the higher end of the valley, le Tour and Vallorcine. The Arve, the main river of the Haute Savoie region takes its source at the Col de Balme and flows a distance of 107 km through the Chamonix valley and onwards to Geneva where it joins the Rhône river. The resident population of Chamonix is approximately 10,000 inhabitants.
Due to its unique geographical situation, Chamonix is accessible by a variety of means:
Access from Airports
Helicopter transfer from Switzerland
Geneva International Airport
(88km) - Tel : + 41 (0) 22 717 71 11
The SAT bus company provides daily connections between Geneva airport and Chamonix.
Lyon International Airport
(220km) - Tel : +33 (0) 8 26 800 826.
The airport is TGV high-speed train station.
Haute-Savoie Mont Blanc Airport
(90km) - Tel : +33 (0) 4 50 27 30 06
Access for Rail Travelers
SNCF railway stations in the resorts.
TER regional train and TGV high-speed mainline train connections from St Gervais-le Fayet railway station, just 20km away.
The Mont Blanc Express: This SNCF railway line serves all villages from St Gervais-‐le Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland) via Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine.
Informations SNCF - Tel : 3635 - www.voyage-sncf.com
London to Chamonix – timetable & information : www.snowcarbon.co.uk/ski-resorts/chamonix
From France :
Via the Autoroute Blanche (A40), which connects to the European motorway network.
Via Switzerland :
Motorway to Martigny, Col de la Forclaz, Col des Montets.
Via Italy :
15km from the border via Mont-Blanc Tunnel. Mont-Blanc Tunnel information: www.atmb.net
Coach services: Daily connections with Geneva and Italy : SAT - Tel/fax : +33 (0) 4 50 53 01 15 - www.sat-montblanc.com