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  • 1 Thonon-les-Bains Belvederes Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Boulevard de la Corniche

    From the Corniche Boulevard up to the landscaped gardens by Paul-Jacquier there is a series of aligned belvederes. There is a clear view clear on the Swiss side of Lake Leman, from Nyon up to Lausanne.

  • 2 Domaine de Ripaille Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    It was to this forbidding fortress with four towers that Amadeus VIII (antipope and Duke of Savoy) retired to live as a hermit, as recounted in its neo-Gothic interior. Visitors will also see the monastic kitchen, woodlands,the Glade of the Righteous..

  • 3 Shores of the lake, Thonon-les-Bains Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A funicular takes you from the town to Thonon port, where a handful of working fishermen still berth and sell their catch at 9.30am. The Rives quarter is a pleasant spot with its lakeside café terraces and piers, and fishermen's cottages with their f..

  • 4 Gardens of the Sonnaz and Paul-Jacquier Mansion

    Nature and gardens

    allée du Léman

    The Saint-Bon Chapel and the Arts Centre, a work by the architect Novarina, inaugurated in 1966, are situated in the Paul-Jacquier landscaped gardens, next to a 13C fortified tower. The work by Henri-Georges Adam La Grande Etrave, situated at the fro..

  • 5 Castle Square, Thonon-les-Bains

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Château

    There is no castle in this square since 1589. However, there is a statue of General Dessaix, founder during the Revolution of the Club of Allobroges, to gather supporters for the unification of Savoy with France. From the terraces, beautiful views of..

  • 6 The Visitation Monastery

    Religious buildings

    Place du Marché

    A 17C monastery (with orgive ribbed archs, late vestige of Gothic architecture). According to tradition, the drawings were made by Saint Jeanne of Chantal.

  • 7 Thonon-les-Bains General Hospital

    Religious buildings

    Rue de l’Hôtel-Dieu

    The general hospital is located in a former convent of the Minimes. It is organised around a classic cloister and its floors offer an elegant decorated Baroque ensemble. Do not forget the Foyer Don-Bosco, a small modern chapel decorated inside with c..

  • 8 Chablais Museum

    Museums and art

    2 rue Michaud

    Situated in the Sonnaz Castle (17C), this museum brings together a series of testimonies of local history, remains of the lacustrian period and Gallo-Roman objets found in excavations of ancient Thonon.

  • 9 St-Hippolyte's Church of Thonon-les-Bains

    Religious buildings


    Illustrated by the preachings of St François de Sales and the return of the Chablaisiens to Catholicism, the very composite building was decorated in the 17C taste inside.

  • 10 Basilica of St-François-de-Sales

    Religious buildings


    This Neogothic basilica, which communicates with St-Hippolyte's Church, has two important frescos called Chemin de Croix. These are the last two works of art by Maurice Denis, completed in 1943. Modern stained-glass windows of different colours illum..

  • 11 Thonon-les-Bains Arts Centre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The centre of Thonon and Evian's cultural life, the Maison des Arts, by architect Maurice Novarina, offers a nicely eclectic programmes: exhibitions, theatre, opera, variety shows. In front is La Grande Étrave, a sculpture by Henri-Georges Adam.

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