Sights & Attractions in Chamonix - Centre
The town has a lot to offer in terms of sites and attractions. The main attraction that brings tourists to this picturesque town is Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe at 4810m. Visitors either come to scale the summit themselves, take the Aiguille du Midi cable car from Chamonix up to 3842m to view the peak from the station at the top, or simply take it in from the valley floor. As Chamonix’s history is tied in with various Mont Blanc expeditions, you’ll find several statues around the town commemorating famous mountaineers including Dr Paccard.
Another famous site is the Mer de Glace glacier (sea of ice) which is access by the Montenvers tourist train. The view of this glacier and the surrounding mountains from the top station is impressive. From the top you can descend to the ice caves via cable car and a series of walkways and steps, which vividly shows just how much the glacier has retreated in recent years.
Unlike most other mountain resorts, Chamonix is busy all year around. In the winter most people visit the town to ski. A particular draw is the famous off-piste ski run the Vallee Blanche from the top of the Aiguille du Midi, past the Mer de Glace and back into Chamonix via the Planard’s ski area. Skiers & snowboarders can also access the Brevent ski area directly from Chamonix centre and from there, Flegere. In the summer the cable cars that link to Brevent and Flegere are open to mountain bikers and walkers. The Lac Blanc is a popular place to trek to as are various mountain huts such as the Chalet de La Floria which all can be accessed from various paths from the valley floor.
Also see: Attractions in Chamonix, France