This list is not exhaustive.
Please feel free to mail me with any recommendations so that they may be included.

Aiguille du Midi

Dramatic cable car with superb views.  Between mid Jan – mid April  avoid the early morning rush of skiers and to visit in the afternoon. Allow ax 1.5 – 2 h for the round trip. Dress warmly. Heated snack bar at the summit.

Montenvers cog railway

Superb views of the Mer de Glace.Ice cave. Go in the mornings to avoid queues in the afternoon when skiers may take the train back down to Chamonix .

Alpine Museum

89 av Michel Croz, Pedestrian zone of Chamonix. Tel 04 50 53 25 93

A history of Chamonix & its development.

14h – 18h

Espace Tairraz exhibition rooms

Parvis St. Michel – (above the Church) Tel 04 50 55 53 93

Different mountainous themes each season+crystals museum


Guided heritage tours of Chamonix

Details from the Chamonix Tourist Office  Tel: 04 50 53 00 24

Walking trails

There are numerous prepared trails on packed down snow (not to be confused with the cross country ski tracks !) Route details  from the tourist office. Walking boots may be hired from the bigger ski hire shops.

Cinema   Tel: 04 50 55 89 98

Chamonix has a three screen cinema. There is usually a film shown in English (with French subtitles) . Early screenings on bad weather days.

Office de Haute Montagne

Above the Maison des Guides, opposite the Church.

A sort of library where Alpinists can inform themselves about conditions in the mountains & mountain safety. Free & welcome access to the public.

9h -12h, 15h – 18h

Espace Meteo

Across from the Office de Haute Montagne

An hands on exhibition of weather forecasting techniques.

9h -12h, 15h – 18h  Free & welcome access to the public.

Ten pin bowling & pool hall

Chamonix Sud   Tel: 04 50 53 74 37

Open 17h – 02h  (14h opening in case of poor weather)

Modern well equipped bowling. Numerous pool & full sized snooker tables. Bar.

Fondation Pierre Gianada

Martigny, Switzerland. Accesible by scenic train from Chamonix. (bus service between the railway & the museum).

Art, Roman history & motor museum.

Ax  1 hour  journey time by car.


The Venice of the Alps. Small town set on the shores of beautiful Lake Annecy.

Weekly excursions organized by Chamonix Bus

Ax  1 hour  journey time by car.


Roman town, complete with numerous artifacts.

Weekly excursions organized by Chamonix Bus

Ax  1 hour  journey time by car.


More than just an airport !

Beautiful old town & contrasting modern town.

Ax  1 hour  journey time by car.


Yes this is another ski resort but the main pedestrianised street is very beautiful & well worth half a day. Check out the farm surronding the three star Michelin restaurant Marc Veyrat.   Tel: 04 50 21 01 01. The historic walk by La Calvaire past its numerous small chapels. The Superb Health Spa at Hotel Fermes de Marie  Tel: 04 50 93 03 10

Ax 45 mins drive from Chamonix

Panoramic Helicopter flights

CMBH Tel: 04 50 54 13 89

A variety of flights are available including one to the summit of Mt Blanc.


Chamonix: Hotel Les Aiglons;Tel 04 50 55 90 93;

Chamonix: Albert 1er; 38 route du Bouchet; Tel 0450 53 05 09;

Chamonix: QC Terme; 480, Promenade du Fori;

Les Houches: Les Granges d’en Haut; Route des Chavands; Tel 04 50 54 65 36;

Saint-Gervais: ; Tel 04 50 47 54 57