The valley of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Friday, 4 May 2012 - 01:37 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General
Reading Time:  4 minutes

Lake Blanc with the Mont-Blanc in the background © Mrvoyage

Lake Blanc with the Mont-Blanc in the background © Mrvoyage

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc or, more commonly, Chamonix is a commune in the Haute-Savoie département in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics. The commune’s population of around 9,800 ranks 865th within the country of France.

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix shares the summit of Mont Blanc with its neighboring commune of Courmayeur in Italy, and owns the title of highest commune in France. The commune is well known and loved by skiers and by mountain enthusiasts of all types. Mont Blanc, at a height of 4,810 metres, is the third most visited natural site in the world. With an area of 245 square kilometres, Chamonix is the fourth largest commune in mainland France.

Chamonix is a popular winter sports resort town in France. As the highest European mountain west of Russia, Mont Blanc holds a special allure for mountain climbers, and Mark Twight described the town as “the death-sport capital of the world” because it is a base for almost all types of outdoor activity, especially their more extreme variants, such as ice climbing, rock climbing, extreme skiing, paragliding, rafting, and canyoning.

Town center © moi-même Tourist Information © moi-même Statue of Michel Paccard facing the Mont-Blanc © Benh LIEU SONG Maison des Guides © Norbert Ullrich Art nouveau façade © Daniel-D Chamonix Valley Panorama © Paul Nash Casino de Chamonix © Janet McKnight Town hall © moi-même Lake Blanc with the Mont-Blanc in the background © Mrvoyage
<
>
Statue of Michel Paccard facing the Mont-Blanc © Benh LIEU SONG
Chamonix is famous for its spectacular cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi (3842 m). Constructed in 1955, it was then the highest cable car in the world. Together with a cable car system going up to the Pointe Helbronner (3462 m) from Entréves in the Aosta Valley (Italy) it is possible to cross the entire Mont Blanc massif by cable car (the latter is only open during the summer).

In the summer months Chamonix is a mecca for alpine mountaineers, drawn to the area by challenges like the north, west and south-west faces of the Dru, the Frendo Spur on the Aiguille du Midi, the north face of the Grandes Jorasses and the massive face climbs on the south side of Mont Blanc. Traversing the Alps on the GR 5 footpath or more accessible challenges like reaching the summit of Mont Blanc (by a number of possible routes) are also popular.

Read more on Chamonix, Destination Chamonix and Wikipedia Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Bacharach on the Rhine

Bacharach on the Rhine

[caption id="attachment_237038" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Joschi71/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bacharach (also known as Bacharach am Rhein) is a town in the Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Rhein-Nahe, whose seat is in Bingen am Rhein, although that town is not within its bounds. The original name Baccaracus suggests a Celtic origin. Above the town stands Stahleck Castle (Burg Stahleck), now a youth hostel. The town lies in the Rhine Gorge,...

[ read more ]

Loch Ard Gorge in Australia

Loch Ard Gorge in Australia

[caption id="attachment_153676" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Loch Ard Gorge sign © Se7enLC[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Loch Ard Gorge is part of Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, about 10 minutes drive west of The Twelve Apostles. It is a visible example of the process of erosion in action. The gorge is accessed via the Great Ocean Road, several kilometres past The Twelve Apostles. Stairs allow visitors access to the beach which is otherwise undeveloped. There are numerous plaques and a small museu...

[ read more ]

Eleuthera in the Bahamas

Eleuthera in the Bahamas

[caption id="attachment_206515" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunset explored at Tippy's Beach © flickr.com - Trish Hartmann/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Eleuthera refers both to a single island in the archipelagic state of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas and to its associated group of smaller islands. Eleuthera forms a part of the Great Bahama Bank. The island of Eleuthera incorporates the smaller Harbour Island. Known in the 17th century as Cigateo, it lies 80 km (50 miles) east of Nassau. It is long and thin—180 ...

[ read more ]

Humboldt University of Berlin

Humboldt University of Berlin

[caption id="attachment_163702" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Christian Wolf - www.c-w-design.de/cc-by-sa-3.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Humboldt University of Berlin (German: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, HU Berlin) is one of Berlin's oldest universities, founded on 15 October 1811 as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt. The Humboldt university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities. From 18...

[ read more ]

Florence, the Italian Athens

Florence, the Italian Athens

[caption id="attachment_149033" align="aligncenter" width="309"] Michelangelo's David © Rico Heil[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 370,000 inhabitants (1.5 in the metropolitan area). The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and fina...

[ read more ]

Gothic Quarter in Barcelona

Gothic Quarter in Barcelona

[caption id="attachment_234535" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulàlia © Marco Almbauer[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Gothic Quarter (Catalan: Barri Gòtic) is the historic centre of the old city of Barcelona. It stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to the Ronda de Sant Pere. It is a part of Ciutat Vella district. The quarter encompasses the oldest parts of the city of Barcelona, and includes the remains of the city's Roman wall and severa...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Kazakhstan - Oskemen

Theme Week Kazakhstan - Oskemen

[caption id="attachment_191953" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Theatre © Iskanderov Damir/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ust-Kamenogorsk or Oskemen is the administrative center of East Kazakhstan Region with a population of 310,000. It is served by Ust-Kamenogorsk Airport. The city has two official names. In the Russian language, its name is Усть-Каменогорск; in the Kazakh language, its accepted name is Өскемен/Óskemen. Both names appear on the seal of the city. The city has three cinemas (although...

[ read more ]

Jesus Trail in Israel

Jesus Trail in Israel

[caption id="attachment_206865" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Walking the Jesus Trail near Nazareth © Zeromancer44/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Jesus Trail is a 65 km (40 mi) hiking and pilgrimage route in the Galilee region of Israel that traces the route Jesus may have walked, connecting many sites from his life and ministry. The main part of the trail begins in Nazareth and passes through Sepphoris, Cana (Kafr Kanna), the Horns of Hattin, Mount Arbel Cliffs, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, and the Mou...

[ read more ]

The Meteora monasteries in Greece

The Meteora monasteries in Greece

[caption id="attachment_153853" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Meteora Panorama © Exwhysee[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Metéora ("suspended rocks", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" - etymologically similar to "Meteorite") is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in centra...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Macedonia - Gostivar

Theme Week Macedonia - Gostivar

[caption id="attachment_151182" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Center of Gostivar © Fazlijah/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Gostivar is located in the upper Polog valley region. It is one of the largest municipalities in the country with a population of 81,000, and the town also covers 1.341 square kilometres (331 acres). Gostivar has good road and railway connections with the other cities in the region, such as Tetovo, Skopje, Kičevo, Ohrid, and Debar. A modern freeway was built in 1995, from Gostivar to Tetovo, 24 ...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
Court Square © geograph.org.uk - David Rogers
Carlisle in Cumbria

Carlisle is the county town of Cumbria, and the major settlement of the wider City of Carlisle in North West...

© sonnenberg-international.de
The International House Sonnenberg near St Andreasberg/Oberharz

The Sonnenberg-Kreis e.V. is an independent provider of international, non-school based education in Europe, its work is solely and exclusively...

Victoria Park: View from Schiller Lake towards Kronberg Castle © Wolliballa
Kronberg im Taunus

Kronberg im Taunus is a town in the Hochtaunuskreis district, Hesse. Before 1866, it was in the Duchy of Nassau;...

Close