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Chamonix Top Sights to See

Lac Blanc

Located in the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve, take the cable car and walk to this must-see lake which must be one of the most beautiful in the Alps; famous for its unique panorama facing the Mont-Blanc massif. Restaurant and WC available.

Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace

Visit the great rocky fang of the Aiguille du Midi which rises from Mont Blanc. It’s a great day out as you travel up Europe's highest cable car (3842m) to the fascinating Aiguille du Midi. The views are simply breathtaking. Once there, walk around this beautiful place and test your nerve at Step Into The Void - a 2.5m glass box which juts out over a 1000 precipice. 

When you’re done, it’s a lovely walk over to the famous ‘Mer de Glace’ (Sea of Ice) to catch the little red Montenvers train back down to the resort.

  • Lift passes are from £29 a day (for 3-day passes)

The Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice)

Why not reserve a day to ride up the Montenvers romantic red train to the famous ‘Mer de Glace’ where you can see France’s largest glacier which is: 7km long and 200 metres thick. At the same site, you can also see a crystal gallery, a wildlife exhibition, and the famous ice caves. For a meal break, enjoy a casual snack at the Glacier Snack Bar or dine with a view at the Panoramique Mer de Glace bistro.

  • Lift passes are from £29 a day (for 3-day passes)

Walking from ‘Les Grands Montets’ glacier 

We recommend riding up Argentiere's cable car to Les Grands Montets glacier which also provides a useful starting point for many a superb walking itinerary. 

  • Lift passes are from £29 a day (for 3-day passes)

Telecabine Panoramique Mont-Blanc

You can also reach Italy by cable car with the Telecabine Panoramique, a sort of aerial tramway that runs from Chamonix to Courmayeur in Italy. It flies over the glaciers for more than 5km giving a 360-degree view and the experience is unlike any other cable car. The views over the glacier and valley are simply sensational. 

  • Lift passes are from £29 a day (for 3-day passes)

Le Cap Horn

A charming two-storey chalet which is candle-lit and decorated with model sailing boats. A sort of homage to both the Alps and Cape Horn. With great reviews, this excellent restaurant serves French and Asian dishes such as pan-seared duck breast with honey and soy sauce, and a wide choice of sushi. Choose from an equally large range of excellent seafood like red tuna and fish stew. Reserve for dinner Friday and Saturday in summer.

 

Tramway Mont Blanc

The famous little red train (Tramway du Mont Blanc) offers a proper Chamonix experience and is ideal if you simply want to admire the scenery. The tramway departs from Le Fayet and travels through Chamonix and stops at Bellevue and Nid d'Aigle. 

Admire stunning scenery and forests as the tram ascends to Bellevue at 1,900m. Once there, take a walk around the pastures and, true to its name, ‘Bellevue’ offers sensational views. There is a lovely mountain restaurant with excellent food, a nice atmosphere; and from here you can find mountain biking or walking trails leading to Les Houches village where you can get the shuttle bus back to the main town centre.

To continue up the summit, rejoin the train to ride to the Nid d'Aigle at 2,372 meters, offering panoramic views of the Bionnassay glacier.

Le Brévent for hiking and biking

Why not discover some of the most incredible scenery in Chamonix by taking the Brévent cable car from Chamonix centre. You can stop off at Plan Praz (2,000m) and hike or bike the well-trodden trails and mountain paths that lead to the tranquil Lac Cornu and the Grand Balcon Sud.

From the southern side, you can enjoy fantastic views of Mont Blanc. And even some parapenting if you fancy an alternative way down, back to base.

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