Weekend Breaks to Chamonix
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Top 10 Things in Chamonix on a Short Break
Mont Blanc is the main attraction of Chamonix, and is not to be missed when visiting the town. This towering mountain range on the Italian border with France, with it's highest peak measuring almost 16,000 feet, is the second highest mountain in Europe.
The views are spectacular and the cable ride up to the top is an adventure of a lifetime. There are also some hiking trails you can follow, or you can do some mountain climbing. Mont Blanc is all about beauty and adventure.
Located just out of Chamonix and is well worth the trip. Behind the train station of Chamonix you will find another little station, where the Montenvers mountain railway departs from. It takes you up to an altitude of around 2000m to La Mer de glace, which is 7 km long and 1,2 km wide. You can walk down to it by following easy trails; visit the ice-cave; the several small museums; or just admire the beautiful view. The Mer de Glace should not be missed on your first visit to Chamonix.
La Residence, avenue Michel Croz. This museum is a great place to start off your sightseeing of Chamonix. The museum's ehibitions provide an accurate and interesting account of the history of the valley. On two floors of the museum there is an amazing range of exhibits, which display the geological and human history of Chamonix. The museum is open December to June everyday from 15h00 - 19h00; and June to October everyday from 14h00 - 19h00. Admission is $6 for adults and $2.90 for children.
Telesiege du Mont-Blanc. This is a great place to go if you're looking to have some fun outdoors in the snow. There is a bar and cafe; a great Dj providing some excellent music; and a few snowboarding shops. The snowpark has a great halfpipe and many other ramps and courses designed for all snowboarders, from beginners to advanced. Even if you don't feel like hitting the snow, its a great place to chill and watch the other snowboarders. When in Chamonix in winter, don't miss out on all the fun at the Snowpark.
Located at Mer de Glace. After taking the scenic train ride to Mer de Glace and taking in the breathtaking views of the lake and its surroundings, a visit to the Montenvers Museum is highly recommended. The museum exhibits documents on the Mer de Glace and the construction of the Montenvers railway; ancient objects; old prints; and an amazing collection of crystals. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 - 17h00. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children.
62 allee du Majestic. This is the best restaurant in Chamonix, and has a decor of soft pastels and handwoven tapestries, arranged around a central pentagonal fireplace. They serve a range of excellent local dishes, specialities include omble chevalier meuniere; medallions of veal in a white truffle sauce; and rack of lamb roasted with herbs. They have an excellent cellar, which contains over 500 different wines. The restaurant is open everyday from 12h00 - 14h00 and 19h00 - 22h00.
The entrance is on the Col des Montets. This amazing Nature Reserve extends from an altitude of 1200 metres above sea level at Argentiere, to just under 3000 metres at the summit of Belvedere. The nature reserve is home to a large variety of different plants and wildlife. This is a great place for the whole family, and is a good place to relax and take a break from all the activities in town. The reserve is open from the 1st of June to the 15 September everday from 09h00 - 12h30 and 13h30 - 18h30.
12pl Saussure, in the centre of town. The Casino, housed in an old building, is a great place to spend an evening playing games and, hopefully, striking it lucky. The tables are found upstairs and the slot machines are all located downstairs, there are many games to choose from, from black jack to Roulette. If you need to take a break from winning large amounts of money, go to Le Cafe Royal in the casino, which offers a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The casino is open everyday and is restricted to people 18 years and over.
705 route du Chapeau. This is one of the most popular hotels in the area, located in the small hamlet of Lavancher. It has amazing views of the Aiguilles of Chamonix and the Mont-Blanc mountains. The hotel offers a range of services, including a restaurant; a bar; pool; sauna; jacuzzi; and hammam. The stylish and cozy rooms all have a TV; telephone; minibar; safe; small living room; and a full bathroom. There are also many outdoor activities provided by the hotel.
For more information visit the hotel's website: www.jeudepaumechamonix.com/
22 rue Paccard. If you're looking for a chilled-out and slightly relaxed night out on the town, this is the place to go. The dance floor occupies a very old vaulted cellar and the music is at a level allowing conversation.
This is a great place to have a good time; meet new people; and have good conversation.
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