From the summit of Mont Blanc, to the volcanic craters of the Chaîne des Puys and through fields of lavender, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes offers endless natural gems. The region also boasts rich cultural and natural heritage inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List.
At the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix offers access to must-see sights like the Mer de Glace glacier accessible by the Montenvers rack railway train or the cable cars of the Aiguille du Midi and Le Brevent, connecting the two highest peaks of the region. Step into the void of the Aiguille du Midi skywalk on the observation deck at an elevation of 3842 m. One of Europe's best attractions and a unique experience for visitors with a drop of more than 1000 m below their feet.
The great Alpine lakes
Lake Annecy is one of Europe's purest lakes. With its canals, Annecy feels like a "Little Venice of the Alps". In Aix-les-Bains, Lake Bourget is the largest and deepest natural lake in France, with plenty of activities on offer, including boating, swimming and fishing. On the Swiss border, the French shore of Lake Geneva is a genuine Riviera of the Alps with the spa resorts of Thonon and Evian-les-Bains and fishing villages such as Yvoire.
Scents of lavender
In June and July, lavender flowers decorate fields with an elegant blue-violet carpet in Drôme and Ardèche in the south of the region. Originally used by the Romans to preserve linens and perfume baths, the plant is today used in numerous different ways. Visit the distilleries to discover all the virtues of the plant.
The volcanoes of Auvergne
The Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park is a natural treasure, unique in Europe. In July 2018, the Chaîne des Puys - Limagne Fault was recognized by Unesco as an exceptional geological site. At 1465 m, the Puy de Dôme, a "Grand Site de France®", offers an unparalleled panoramic view of the 80 volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys. Its summit is accessible in both winter and summer aboard the Panoramique des Dômes rack railway train. Other volcanoes to discover: the Puy de Sancy (1886 m), the highest point of the Massif Central, and the Puy Mary (1758 m), a "Grand Site de France®" in the Cantal Mountains.