This department symbolizes the high alpine peaks and their prestigious resorts. Here culminates France, at Mont Blanc (4,810 metres). From the foot of this mythical massif, Chamonix dominates the world of mountaineering. Aiguille du Midi, Mer de glace: Haute-Savoie is a high mountain, mountaineering and upscale resorts with, neck and neck, Megève and Morzine. More sporty and less festive, there are La Clusaz and Les Contamines-Montjoie. Reflecting the snow-covered peaks, the lakes invite themselves into the landscape, composing enchanting pictures. In their setting of serrated peaks, Lake Annecy and Lake Geneva offer their romantic shores, their reed beds, refuge of a wild bird, and their navigable waters for gourmet and naturalistic cruises. The capital of Haute-Savoie, Annecy, is one of France's tourist gems. All the charm of this chic destination, a city of art and history, operates in the medieval centre, very picturesque with its canals and bridges. Hence the nickname Venice of the Alps given to Annecy. Find on our guide the useful information about Haute-Savoie: accommodation, leisure and outings, events, cultural, natural or historical sights, good restaurants, etc.

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When to go to Haute-Savoie? The two tourist seasons in Haute-Savoie are winter with skiing and summer with hiking in...
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An alpine climate prevails in the mountainous areas of Haute-Savoie. Cold and snowy in winter, at high altitudes. The...
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Marc Chagall fait impression au Palais Lumière d'Evian

"I'm sure Rembrandt loves me," Chagall wrote in his autobiography. A telling statement about his commitment to this art, I'm sure you'll enjoy the Impression exhibition A meticulous chronology that transports the visitor through the evolution of Chagall's printed work. One admires the engravings, deciphers the lithographs and almost flips through the illustrated books. Nothing being left to chance, it is by showing the links between the ...

Fête des Guides : la tradition renaît chaque été dans la Vallée de Chamonix.

From 12 to 15 August, come and celebrate the Fête des Guides organised since 1924 for the benefit of the Caisse de Secours (which helps the families of mountain guides in case of accidents). The opportunity to share a moment with the family and enjoy many free activities for children, while discovering the local crafts. The traditional parade and ceremony of the guides are still highlights, before the sound and light show "Cosmic Trip" and ...

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