Chambery is located in the heart of the French Alps and is once the capital of Savoy. It is located near Lake du Bourget (Lake Bourget), which is surrounded by the alpine mountains that surround it. Chambery is a city that can be visited in winter and summer. In winter, there are a number of ski resorts within a short drive. In the summer, the Alps became the same as the skiing, hiking trails and backpacks.
The Chambery Center is “Old Town”, where it houses a palace, the residence of the Dukes of Savoy, a 15th-century cathedral and a museum of fine art. There is also “Fontaine des Elephants” (Elephants Fontaine) which was built in honor of Comte de Boigne, who gave the city a lot of wealth. Much of his personal wealth came from India, hence the elephant Fontaine.
The Chambery Center offers not only tourist attractions, but also many shops to buy your favorite French goods. If you’re lucky then it might be Market Day and you can buy some fresh local produce. Like many cities in France, Chambery is not only charming, it is also small enough to walk comfortably. You will be able to see the center without feeling foot pain! But if you have this fear, there is a tourist “train” that takes you through the center and allows you to visit with the least amount of walking possible.
Chambery is a good base for exploring the French Alps, especially during the winter, as it is a short drive from ski resort cities such as Grenoble, Albertville, La Clusaz, Courchevel, Alps de Chamonix and Val d’Isere. Other outdoor activities are available in summer, including hiking and camping. Chambéry is close to three national parks, Parc national de la Vanoise, Parc Naturel Régional de Chartreuse and Parc Naturel Régional du Massif des Bauges. Other nearby natural attractions include Lac du Bourget and Lac d’Aiguebelette. Two other popular summer lakes are Lake Annecy, an hour’s drive and Lake Geneva, two hours’ drive away.
Chambery is easy to reach because it has a modern airport. The official name is Aéroport de Chambéry. Airport code is CMF. Currently, there are a number of “no suspense” airlines such as Flybe and Jet2.com that have regular service to Chambery. These airlines fly “without excitement” from selected major European destinations such as Amsterdam and Brussels, as well as UK destinations such as Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester and Southampton.
Chambery can also be reached by car from the A41 Autoroute 13 exit, Chambery Nord. Chambery is just over an hour’s drive from Lyon and about seven hours’ drive from Paris. Chambery can also be reached by train. If you are planning to come from Paris, the best thing you can do is take a TGV, it takes only an hour and a half and then move to a regional train in Lyon that goes to Chambery.
Chambery can also be used as a base for visiting other European cities and countries such as Geneva, Switzerland and Turin in Italy. Each is within two hours by car.
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