There are many other charming buildings in Chambéry. A visit to the Architecture and Heritage Discovery Centre provides the key to understand and appreciate the rich architectural wealth of the ‘Cité des Ducs’. It is located in the Hôtel de Cordon, a 16th century mansion, and offers guided tours and a permanent exhibition about the history and development of the town.
Discover the nearby countryside and a host of outdoor activities : walking, cycling horse-riding, rock climbing, Via Ferrata, paragliding, canyoning and even potholing in beautiful surroundings ! Explore the Massif des Bauges, a UNESCO Global Geopark, and the Regional Natural Park of Chartreuse !
2 summits enable you to discover the 2 ranges. Croix du Nivolet, in the Bauges, has amazing panoramic views of the towns of Mont Granier on the edge of the Chartreuse range is easily recognisable by its steep cliff face. Once at the top, it has superb views of the Chambéry Basin, Combe de Savoie and Chaîne de Belledonne. On a clear day, you can even see Mont-Blanc !
For a getaway cycle ride to enjoy the beautiful Savoie scenery, a section of the V63 cycle route runs from the spa town of Aix-les-Bains to Lake Saint-André at the foot of Mont Granier via Lac du Bourget with its beaches and the slopes of the Combe de Savoie.
In winter, head for the Bauges to make the most of the snow !
The family-friendly skiing areas of Aillons-Margériaz and Savoie Grand Revard are only 30 minutes from Chambéry and Challes-les-Eaux. The resort of Aillons-Margériaz is ideal for first timers and for teaching young children to ski ! it also has more challenging pistes for experienced skiers. Savoie Grand Revard is well-known for its Nordic ski area which is classed among the best in France with 150km of pistes. The two resorts offer a wide range of activities like cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, biathlon, dog-sledding and lots more. The 3 Vallées ski area is an hour’s drive away.
Local speciality foods and gourmet dishes are a delicious way to discover the region !
Discover the surroundings of Chambéry and Savoie by tasting iconic cheeses, most of which have PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin) like Tomme de Savoie, Tome des Bauges, Beaufort, Reblochon, Margériaz, etc.
Savoie charcuterie is also well-known for its quality and goes perfectly with cheese. And don’t leave Chambéry without trying ‘diots’, little pork sausages which are often made with red or white wine and served with crozets (pasta), polenta or cabbage.