Top Things to Do in Chambery This Winter

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Top Things to Do in Chambery This Winter

The historical town of Chambéry is much more than a stop off on the way to the French Alps for skiers. Explore the winding, medieval streets, peruse the museums, and taste the region’s finest wines with this helpful blog, prepared by our partners at Alps2Alps.

Stroll Through Old Town

Chambéry’s Old Town consists of a labyrinth of interconnected streets and hidden courtyards lined with impressive mansions dating back to the town’s aristocratic past.

  • Stop for a drink at Place Saint-Léger. Taking a seat at one of the many al fresco dining spots is the perfect way to appreciate the pastel painted buildings.
  • The Fountain of the Elephants commemorates a general who made his fortune in India and returned to spread his wealth. To capture a perfect photo, visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.

Discover Chambéry’s Cultural Past

Chambéry’s rich heritage has been carefully preserved in some fantastic museums:

  • The Musée des Beaux-Arts is a treasure trove for Renaissance art lovers. In this expansive museum, you will mostly find fine, Italian paintings. Another nod to the city’s past.
  • The Museum of Charmettes, formerly home to the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been converted into a charming museum. Meander around the idyllic country house with original 1730s décor.
  • Galerie Eurêka is a fun science museum that families would enjoy. The museum puts on exhibitions about the universe and beyond.

Chambery Old Town

Take in Chambéry’s Architectural Wonders

The Castle of the Dukes of Savoy is the monumental stronghold of the Savoy rulers. Some parts of the structure are 1,000 years old. Entrance to the medieval wing is free, but to explore the rest you will need to pay for a tour.

There is more to Chambéry Cathedral’s humble exterior than meets the eye. The interior boasts the largest group of Italian trompe l'oeil painting in Europe, over 6,000 square metres of the stuff!

Experience Chambéry’s Breath-taking Natural Surroundings

It’s not all about history, there’s also tons of activities for thrill-seekers:

  • The best view of Chambéry can be found at Croix du Nivolet, a gargantuan cross high in the Bauges Mountains. Strap on your hiking boots and embark on the hour long walk up the mountain. The views are worth it.
  • Explore Chambéry by bike! There’s almost 80 km worth of cycle routes through the region so cycling is a safe and exhilarating way to get around.
  • Make the most of Chambéry’s close proximity to the Alps’ best ski resorts. Chambéry is under 2 hours from some fantastic ski resorts like La Grand Bornand and Saint Martin de Belleville.

Chambery Skiing Resort

Sample Chambéry’s Culinary Delights

Chambéry has several traditional dishes on offer:

  • Considering the town’s historical links with Italy, it’s not surprising that pasta makes it onto the list. Crozets are delectable squares of pasta made from buckwheat flour which can be turned into croziflette by layering with cream and cheese.
  • Chambéry’s crowning glory when it comes to cuisine has to be its cheese, which has become famous around the world. Beaufort cheese is just one of the region’s specialities.
  • Wine is Chambéry’s second most important agricultural product. Try a glass of viognier at Chateau de Candie where the grapes are picked from their very own vineyard.

Time to Get Planning

If you plan on skiing while you’re in Chambéry, make sure you book a ski transfer when you book a flight to Chambéry airport ,and you’ll be on the slopes in no time. Alps2Alps offer quick and easy airport transfers and affordable ski hire to make your journey as simple as possible.