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Chambéry is a beautiful town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.


Chambéry is the birthplace and historic capital of Savoie. Throughout history, it has been both Italian and French. It lies in a valley in the Alps surrounded by the Bauges and Chartreuse mountain ranges and provides almost 360-degree views of the French Alps. To the north, it is bordered by Lac du Bourget, the largest natural lake in France. Chambéry has long been a "crossroads to the Alps" dating all the way back to the 11th century. For many years, it was ruled by the Duchy of Savoie before being annexed to the King of France. Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote the Declaration of the Rights of Man (the French version of the Bill of Rights) while living in Chambéry.

Chambéry is a charming, peaceful place to visit with beautiful architecture, good food and wine, and friendly people. There are many vineyards in the area that visitors can enjoy, and on Saturdays, the city public market is abuzz with the freshest cheeses, meats, and local produce from the Alps. The area offers many recreational activities to choose from in all seasons, from skiing and snowshoeing, to sailing and rock climbing. The famous Tour de France bicycle race comes through the area in the summer. Chambéry also boasts the Savoie Technolac research park and the Universite de Savoie, and a mountain research center.

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By plane[edit]

There is a small local airport, Chambéry-Savoie Airport (IATA: CMF, ICAO: LFLB), 10km north of the city, next to Lac du Bourget, that is served by a number of cheap airlines, especially during the winter months.

A little further away is Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (IATA: LYS), which is also served by international flights. There are 2 daily TGV train services in each direction between Lyon airport (station name: Lyon-Saint Exupéry TGV) and Chambéry with a journey time of 1 hour. Alternatively, there is a bus service operated by Transdev Haute-Savoie [3] with a journey time of 1 hour.

By train[edit]

Chambéry has direct TGV from Paris and other trains (TER, Train Express Regional) to all major destinations of the region. It takes 3.5 hours to get to Chambery on the direct TGV. Chambéry is easily accessible to Lyon, Grenoble, Chamonix, Geneva (Switzerland), and Turin (Italy.)

By road[edit]

It is linked by motorways to

Get around[edit]

Chambéry is compact in size and is easily explored on foot in a short amount of time. The medieval section of the town is quite well preserved. There are also local and regional buses. If you wish to explore the mountains or go on a wine tour, car rentals are available in town.

If you want a bit of exercise, you can also rent a bicycle and explore a bit further. Bicycles can be rented from the Vélostation in front of the train station: Agence Ecomobilité Only 3 euros for a half day and 5 euros for a full day. Open Monday-Friday 6:30 am to 7 pm and from 9 am to 7 pm on weekends and holidays.

Cycle paths: a cycle route goes from the centre of town north to the Lac du Bourget (mostly a cycle lane which is separate from the road) and another goes south into the vineyards (mixture of separate cycle lane and quiet country roads).

See[edit][add listing]

The Place of the elephants in Chambéry old town
  • The medieval quarter of Chambéry holds many well-preserved streets and alleys. The most famous is the XIII-century Rue Basse du Château, which was tragically destroyed by a fire on January 1, 2001.
  • The Chateau de Chambéry, once the residence of the Ducs de Savoie and whose chapel once housed the Shroud of Turin, is now the department of Savoie government offices.
  • Place du Palais de Justice
  • Hotel de Ville
  • Place St-Leger
  • Cathedral de Chambéry
  • The Elephants Fountain (on lots of postcards, the fountain with these four elephant "busts" is affectionately called the "four butt-less" by locals)
  • Croix du Nivolet
  • Mont Granier
  • Lac du Bourget - Renting a paddle-boat for an hour or two is a cheap way to spend a sunny afternoon.
  • Museums

Do[edit][add listing]

Shopping, eating, drinking, visiting vineyards, hiking, boating, skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, horseback riding

Buy[edit][add listing]

A light, yet sturdy knife from local company "Opinel"

Cheap shoes and clothing from the store Axo. Hard to find (ask the locals for directions) and terribly disorganized, but the prices are very good. A pair of ballerina flats usually goes for around 8 euros.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Fondue savoyarde, tartiflette, crêpes, goats cheese

  • L'Essentiel, 183, place de la Gare, 73000, Chambéry., (33)(4)79969727 (fax: (33)(4)79961778). Closed on Saturday Lunches & all Sundays. A contemparary decor and inventive regional cuisine, served with local Savoy wines. 27~53 Euros.  edit
  • L'Hypotenuse, Carré Curial, 73000, Chambéry., (33)(4)79858015 (fax: (33)(4)79858018). Closed on Saturday lunches & all Sundays as well as July 15th~August 15th. In a space full of silence and fresh air, this restaurant offers a seasonal cuisine created with locally grown products at a reasonable price.  edit
  • Aux Piétons, Place Monge, 73000, Chambéry., (33)(4)79855245. Closed on Sundays & Tuesday nights. Gearty local specialties: cheese fondue, tartiflette and brasérade.  edit
  • Le Tonneau, 2, rie Saint-Antoine, 73000, Chambéry., (33)(4)79337826 (fax: (33)(4)79854969). Closed on Sunday evenings & all Sundays. An elegant restaurant with a shaded terrace for summer dining. Great service and food. 17~35 Euros.  edit
  • Le Saint Real Restaurant, Place Pierre Dumas, 73000 Chambéry, 04 79 70 09 33, [1]. Situated in the heart of the Old Town of Chambéry, near the famous Fontaine des Elephants. Le Saint Real Restaurant caters for any occasion including; business meals, romantic dinners, birthday meals and family dinners, take your time to discover high quality food within an elegant and exquisite setting.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Vins de Savoie, Chartreuse, Génépi, O'Cardinal's Pub

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Hotel Chambery, 9, rue Denfert Rochereau, 73000 Chambery. checkin: 12.00; checkout: 11.00. It is situated in the centre of Chambéry near the Savoy University. It includes 40 soundproof bedrooms on three floors, which all include bathroom, telephone, satellite TV and car space in front of the hotel to deposit luggage. English, Spanish, French and Italian is spoken. The hotel also includes an indoor swimming pool, tennis, skating rink and an equestrian centre. Hotel facilities: Internet - wireless internet is available in all rooms and is free of charge, Guest parking - Private parking is possible at a location nearby and cost roughly EUR 6.00 ($9.60) per day. Children and extra beds: Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. All rooms are non-smoking. EUR 90 ($144) per day.  edit
  • Château de Candie, 38, rue Bobby Sands, 73000, Chambéry-le-Vieux (5 km from Chambéry), (33)(4)79966300 (fax: (33)(4)79966310), [2]. Five minutes from the centre of Chambéry, this massive XIVth Century Château had its beautiful rooms elegantly renovated. The cuisine is inspired by its Savoy roots: sautéed mushrooms and crawfish, omble chevalier meunière, beef fillet seasoned with Szechuan pepper. Great cheeses and wines. All food served in the "Orangerie". 90~160 Euros + Restaurant, 23~55 Euros.  edit

Get out[edit]

Aix-les-Bains, Annecy, La Feclaz

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