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Chamonix-Mont-BlancFrance

Known for its wintersports and stunning scenery, this famous town in the French Alps also delights with stores, spas, restaurants and summertime activities.

Glaciers, jagged snowcapped peaks and miles of ski slopes have made Chamonix-Mont-Blanc one of Europe’s best-known ski areas. The alpine town is situated at the foot of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak. Come for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and mountaineering and hill walking in the summer.

You can find ski areas for all experience levels spread across three mountainsides. Ski the beautiful Vallée Blanche glacier, Chamonix’s off-piste ski run. Hire a guide from one of the operators in town to take you.

Non-skiers can go ice climbing, ride on a ski-cab or walk along 10 miles (17 kilometers) of trails. Climb aboard the little red train for a scenic trip on the Montenvers Mountain Railway to the base of the Mer de Glace glacier. Walk through the ice grotto that has been cut into the glacier.

Ride a gondola to the summit of Aiguille du Midi. From the viewing platform, watch skiers descend Vallée Blanche. If you are brave enough, Step into the Void, a glass platform that hangs over the mountain and offers incredible views. Access to Step into the Void is included in the price of the cable car ticket to the summit of Aiguille du Midi.

There are plenty of attractions away from the ski runs. Go shopping, pamper yourself at a spa and learn about the area’s history at Musée Alpin. Visit Chamonix’s tearooms, live music bars, international restaurants and nightclubs, or try your luck at the casino. Try traditional Swiss cuisine such as raclette, a dish made with melted cheese and rösti, which is fried, grated potato.

Chamonix offers plenty to do in the summer. Hike along mountain and valley trails, and learn how to paraglide, play golf and scale mountain peaks.

Geneva International Airport is the main gateway to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and is 64 miles (103 kilometers) from the town. Get around by renting a car or electric bike, or by public transportation. Chamonix experiences snow from November until as late as June. In the summer, it is hot and sunny in the valleys but cooler higher up.

Where to stay in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc showing mountains and snow

Chamonix City Centre

5/5Exceptional!(188 area reviews)

Chamonix City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for is picture-perfect mountain views, relaxing spas, and popular ski slopes. You might want to check out attractions like Aiguille du Midi Cable Car or Chamonix Church while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Chamonix City Centre
Les Bossons, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Les Bossons

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Skiing and mountain views are notable features of Les Bossons. You might consider a stop by Bossons Glacier while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Les Bossons

Top Hotels in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Boutique Hôtel Le Morgane
Boutique Hôtel Le Morgane
4 out of 5
145, Avenue de l'Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie
The price is ¥12,918 per night

Located in Chamonix City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casino Barriere Chamonix and Aiguille du Midi Cable Car. Brevent-Flegere Ski Area and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (668 reviews)
Warm Your Boots

"A lovely hotel with good food and drink and very close to the Aiguille de Midi lift and the town centre. The staff are very helpful and the boot warmers in the lockers are a Godsend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Boutique Hôtel Le Morgane
Chalet Hôtel Le Prieuré
Chalet Hôtel Le Prieuré
3 out of 5
149 allée du Recteur Payot, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie
The price is ¥13,802 per night

Located in Chamonix City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brevent-Flegere Ski Area and Aiguille du Midi Cable Car. Casino Barriere Chamonix and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (403 reviews)
Great for our Ski Trip

"We stayed at Chalet Hotel Le Prieure on a European ski trip from the US, in February. We felt it was a great location, within walking distance of everything we needed and parking for our rental car. We had a beautiful view of the mountains, with Mont Blanc in the background! The hotel was very clean ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Chalet Hôtel Le Prieuré
Best Western Plus Excelsior Chamonix Hotel & Spa
Best Western Plus Excelsior Chamonix Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
251 Chemin de Saint Roch, Les Tines, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-savoie
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥11,429 per night

Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sea of Ice, Aiguille du Midi Cable Car, and Les Houches Ski Resort. Aiguille du Midi and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (393 reviews)

"I really liked the fact that the hotel is outside of Chamonix and a bit more quiet and secluded with fantastic views.However there were plenty of buses to access the town and slopes when needed."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Best Western Plus Excelsior Chamonix Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Mont Blanc
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Mont Blanc

5/5(159 reviews)

Western Europe’s highest peak is a hub for extreme sports enthusiasts, while its bustling base town offers all the amenities for a perfect European ski holiday. 

Aiguille du Midi
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Aiguille du Midi

5/5(58 reviews)

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Aiguille du Midi, a well-known green space in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Discover the area's spas, or seek out its ski slopes.

Sea of Ice
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Sea of Ice

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Sea of Ice, a top ski area in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Discover the area's mountain views and lively bars.

Aiguille du Midi Cable Car
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Aiguille du Midi Cable Car

5/5(61 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Aiguille du Midi Cable Car, a top ski area in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Discover the area's mountain views and spas.

Brevent-Flegere Ski Area
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Brevent-Flegere Ski Area

5/5(1 review)

Hit the slopes in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc with a visit to Brevent-Flegere Ski Area. Discover the mountain views and spas in this walkable area.

Chamonix Church
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Chamonix Church

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc when you take a trip to Chamonix Church. Discover the area's spas, or seek out its ski slopes.

Top things to do in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Full-Day Guided Tour : Chamonix & Geneva Citytours
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Full-Day Guided Tour : Chamonix & Geneva Citytours

¥17,428
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Chamonix & Mont Blanc Full-Day Tour
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc Full-Day Tour

¥11,204
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace

¥23,775
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

Beautiful scenery, fun town, lots to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Wish I stayed longer. This beautiful ski town is way better that what I could expect. Definitely going back again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

One of the most beautiful places on earth!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 10, 2019

Beautiful area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

Unfortunately a lot of the lifts were closed so when planning a visit check to ensure availability.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 23, 2019

Wonderful place

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