The picturesque town of Chambéry is situated in the French Rhône-Alpes region, close to Europe’s most iconic mountain range. Nestled in the valley of the Chartreuse and Bauges mountains, the town is within close proximity to some of the world’s most famous ski slopes, making it a destination frequently visited by tourists. The town is an ideal hub for outdoor enthusiasts, as the surrounding area offers an array of activities, such as skiing and snowboarding in the winter, along with climbing and hiking. Given that the country and the region itself is famous for its wine production, it’s hardly surprising that there a number of vineyards located nearby for wine lovers to take advantage of.
Given the compact size of Chambéry, the town can be easily travelled around on foot. Nevertheless, a hatchback is perfectly capable of managing the country roads which are often narrow and twisty.
Driving in Chambery
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Important things to note
Winter driving conditions can be treacherous due to widespread snow and ice. Drivers are therefore advised to use a vehicle with winter tyres or snow chains, particularly if you are planning on going up into the mountains.
Chambéry is located within close proximity to the E70 motorway which connects the town to Lyon and Turin in either direction.
Cycling is encouraged in the city, which means that drivers should keep an extra eye out for bikes on the road here.
Highlights & Hotspots
Every Saturday, the town hosts a local market in the Place du Palais de Justice, where locals flock to buy fresh local produce. The region is renowned for its delicious cheeses including Reblochon and Vacherin, not to mention its various meats like Lyon sausage, which are readily available to purchase from the town’s market.
The stunning Lac du Bourget is but a 20 minute drive from the centre of Chambéry, allowing visitors the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant stroll, a picnic or even a boat ride in idyllic surroundings. For the more active ones amongst you, hire a bicycle from just outside the train station in Chambéry for a small fee and cycle to the lake.
As the name suggests, the Chateau des Ducs du Savoie was previously the home of the Duke of Savoy and is a magnificent building which now serves as the government offices for the department of Savoy. Simply admire the castle’s impressive facade, or take part in a guided tour to gain access to its interior with its neo-gothic décor.
The A√©roport de Chamb√©ry-Savoie is a small airport located 10km north of the town, close to the Lac de Bourget. The airport is served by a number of budget airlines and is mostly used during the winter months when the ski season is in full swing.
To access the airport by car from Chamb√©ry, take the N201 and continue onto the D1201 which will take you directly to there.