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The Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is vast and very varied with many places to visit and lots of different activities to try. You'll be amazed by the beautiful mountains and lakes of pure water, wonderful panoramas and a palace like none you've ever seen before.
In the Ardèche caves (les grottes ardéchoises) you can learn about mankind's prehistory and see traces of the middle ages and in the national park surrounding the Auvergne volcanoes (Parc naturel régional des Volcans d'Auvergne) explore the natural history of the Earth.
Do & See
And, winter or summer, there's lots to do in the mountains and the other family friendly attractions. This list of things to do in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is sure to awaken your senses. Discover 10 things to do in the Auvergne-Rhine-Alpes.

Discover Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Aiguille du Midi

Aiguille du Midi is a vast peak with stunning views that you can experience on a cable-car ride. Breathe in the pure mountain air at the top of the Aiguille du Midi and feast your eyes on the view. In just 20 minutes from the centre of Chamonix you can be at the top of one of the highest needles (aiguilles) in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. The trip up in the cable car will give you a glimpse of what is to come.

Lake Bourget

Lake Bourget (lac Bourget) is the biggest natural lake in France and it beautiful shores are a great place to try lots of different water sports while surrounded by mountains. You can enjoy everything the Aix-les-Bains spa has to offer and still be right next to the sporting activities on this beautiful lake in Eastern Savoie.


Bastille fort of Grenoble

The Bastille fort of Grenoble is a must-see historic fort. If you’re staying in Grenoble one of the first things you’ll notice are the cute round cable cars which are so characteristic of the town. Nicknamed “bubbles” they are a great way of getting from the centre of town to the hill of the Bastille, which is where the fort is located. The bubbles give you a great view of the town and the countryside around.

Postman Cheval’s ideal palace

Postman Cheval’s ideal palace (le Palais idéal du Facteur Cheval) will make you wonder if you’ve been transported to south Asia despite being built by a local rural postman. Ferdinand Cheval’s “ideal palace” really is a one-of-a-kind historical monument in Hauterives, about 1 hour’s drive south of Lyon.