A day in Chambery – things to do that will make you miss your flight


, 2019

Chambery is in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Nestled close to the chartreuse mountains, Chambery airport is a popular destination for access to Alpine ski slopes. However, the city close by is full of contemporary wonders that leap out from it’s historical foundations.

In the old town, ancient streets and alleys filled with high-end shops lead to the medieval Castle of the Dukes of Savoy (Château des Ducs de Savoie (Pronounced “Sav-wah”)). The Castle is now an administration building for the region, but there is a free exhibition on it’s 13th century medieval history which we found enthralling. The tours of the entire castle are 6EUR each and cover a lot of ground and well-maintained interior, but we had so much else to do!

The Chambery cathedral is a gorgeous break from the sun, and busy streets. Inside it is cool and peaceful. It is free to walk around, with some information given in French only. Donations are welcome.

La Fontaine des Elephants (Fountain of Elephants)

Chambery is a bright and colourful, even within the old town, busy squares are full of contemporary shops, bars and restaurants.

The Savoie wine region is dotted through the Rhone-Alps, and incredibly high quality local white wine is served throughout Chambery. We were surprised that on a sunny Saturday afternoon most wine bars didn’t start opening until 18:00, but we still got the sun, wine French square combo!

We ran out of time in a day, but you can also see the Museum of fine arts, the detailed Eglise Notre Dame du Rosaire Church, La Rotonde, and the Musee Savoisien – specialising in all things Savoie