88 attractions you should visit in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - With photos & details

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Top 88 attractions to explore in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes administrative region covers an area of 69 711 km2 in the centre and east of the south of France. It is a collection of regions of diverse topographies, climates, natural resources, cultures, folklore, architecture, and languages.

Aiguille des Grands MontetsAiguille des Grands Montets, 74400 Chamonix, France
Skiing Spots
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

The Aiguille des Grands Montets, in the Mont Blanc, is the name given to one of the peaks overlooking the village of Argentiere ( 1200 meters), in Chamonix. It peaks at 3295 meters. Skiing area and also trekking is possible here.

Aiguille du DruAiguille du Dru, 74400 Chamonix, France
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

A colossal rocky pyramid belonging to the Mont Blanc Massif and situated on its Northern side, entirely in French territory.  Although from a distance it looks like a monolith, it is actually composed of two nearby but separate summits. One of the nice trekking destinations and also a place flourished with natural beauty.

Aiguille du Midi74400 Chamonix, France
Viewpoints
Mountain Peaks
Cable Car Stations

A mountain in the Mont Blanc mountain ranges. At 3,842 meters high from sea level, it can be accessed directly by a cable car from Chamonix. The summit contains a panoramic viewing platform, a café, and a gift shop. Even in summer, temperatures in the open viewing areas can reach −10 °C (14 °F), and visitors require both warm clothing and protection from very bright sunlight.

Aiguille VerteAiguille Verte, 74400 Chamonix, France
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

The Aiguille Verte is one of the most prominent mountains of the Mont Blanc range. Its huge ridges and famous couloirs make it one of the most difficult 4000 m peaks to climb in the Alps. This mythical summit can be climbed through mixed terrain and by different routes. One of the beautiful mountains which was flourished with natural beauty.

Allée des Grandes JorassesAllée des Grandes Jorasses, 73000 Chambéry, France
Lake/ River/ Ponds
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Grandes Jorasses are a group of granite peaks located on the northern side of the Mont Blanc range, on the border between Italy and France. Although all its faces are amazing, its 1.200-meter north wall is the biggest challenge for climbers. The climb to the highest peak of the Grandes Jorasses is a technically demanding route, over ice and rocks.

Arc BridgeChames, 07150 Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France
Outdoors- Other
Bridges

The Pont d’Arc is a 60m high and 34m wide natural bridge carved out of the rock face of the gorge over the Ardèche River in Ardeche. It’s a geological wonder and thousands of years of water and wind have eroded the stone into shaping this natural entrance to the Ardeche gorges. In the near vicinity of the arch is the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, containing one of the earliest known Paleolithic cave paintings, about 30,000 years old.

Argentière GlacierArgentière Glacier, 74400 Chamonix, France
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Mountain Peaks

The Argentière glacier is located in the Mont Blanc massif. It overlooks the village of Argentière. This glacier covers an area of 19 km² and an altitude range from 1600 m to 3600 m on a North aspect. Satellite images from various years give a birds’ eye view of the great river of ice retreating further into the mountains.

Aven d'Orgnac2240 Route de, L'Aven, 07150 Orgnac-l'Aven, France
Outdoors- Other
Caves

The Aven d'Orgnac is a subterranean cavity classed as a Grand Site de France and situated near the town of Orgnac-l'Aven. With its origins going back more than 100 million years, the Aven d'Orgnac presents a sight of spectacular beauty. Time has fashioned fabulous and wildly diverse crystalline formations that can be seen in the gigantic chambers. One of the beautiful places in this area which shows light to natural beauty.

Bartholdi FountainPlace des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France
Fountains

The Fontaine Bartholdi is a fountain sculpted by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and realized in 1889 by Gaget & Gautier. It was erected at the Place des Terreaux, in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon, in September 1892. The fountain depicts France as a female seated on a chariot controlling the four great rivers of France represented by wildly rearing and plunging horses, highly individualized but symmetrically arranged, with bridles and reins of water weeds.

Bossons GlacierBossons Glacier, France
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

The Bossons glacier claims to be the "largest icefall in Europe." It is certainly the fastest moving glacier (300m/year)and it also reacts very quickly to climate change. . It has the largest altitudinal drop of all the alpine glaciers in Europe, and formerly extended much further down the valley than it does today. One of the nice trekking destination and also a nice picnic spot.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'AssomptionPlace de la Victoire, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
Churches

Notre-Dame de l'Assomption is a Gothic cathedral located in Clermont-Ferrand. It was built in 1248 in the center of the city of Clermont, the historic capital of Auvergne. It replaced a Romanesque cathedral located in the same place which itself had been preceded by two other Christian shrines. The cathedral is built at the top of the central hillock which forms the old center of Clermont-Ferrand.

Cathédrale Saint-Jean-BaptistePlace Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon, France
Churches

Lyon Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located on Place Saint-Jean in Lyon, France. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and is the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon. The cathedral was founded by Saint Pothinus and Saint Irenaeus, the first two bishops of Lyon. Each December, Lyon holds an annual Festival of Lights.

2-5 Day Treks
Rock Climbing Spots
National Parks

The Cévennes National Park is a national park located in southern France, in the mountainous area of Cévennes.  Created in 1970, the park has its administrative seat in Florac at Florac Castle. It is located mainly in the départements of Lozère and Gard and covers some parts of Ardèche and Aveyron. The Aven Armand cave is located in the park. In 2011, the Park was made a part of The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape UNESCO World Heritage site.

Chamrousse38410 Chamrousse, France
Skiing Spots
Mountain Peaks

Chamrousse is a ski resort in southeastern France, located in the mountains above Grenoble at the summit of the Belledonne range. It offers so many outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, tennis, archery, climbing, horse riding, fishing, quad biking, and paragliding also. It is located in a commune of the same name and is situated on the Recoin at 1,650 m and the Roche Béranger at 1,750 m. The ski-lifts reach the Cross of Chamrousse at 2,253 m.

Chauvet CaveChauvet Cave, 07150 Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France
Caves

The Chauvet Cave is a Palaeolithic cave situated near Vallon-Pont-d’Arc in the Ardèche region of southern France that houses the best-preserved, exquisite examples of prehistoric art. it is considered one of the most significant prehistoric art sites and the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO granted it World Heritage status. Its age and artistry have made us reconsider the story of art as well as the capabilities of these humans. The cave has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

Chemin de fer du Montenvers2 Rue du Pont Aubry, 72430 Chantenay-Villedieu, France
Man-made Structures- Other

The Montenvers Railway is a 5.1-kilometer-long metric gauge Haute-Savoie French cogwheel railway line. It was inaugurated in 1909, and connects Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to Montenvers, a viewpoint over the Mer de Glace which allows tourists to access an ice cave. In 2009, with more than 800,000 travelers, this line was the most frequented tourist attraction in the Rhône-Alpes region.The line is operated by the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc , which also manages many ski lift facilities in the Mont Blanc mass

Col de l'IseranCol de l'Iseran, 73480 Bonneval-sur-Arc, France
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Climbing the Col de L’Iseran is a journey into the wonders of the Vanoise, the country’s oldest national park. Col de l'Iseran is the King of the Alps and the holy grail for many motorcycle and bike tourers. It’s the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps, at an elevation of 2.764m (9,068ft) above sea level.

Col de la Croix de FerCol de la Croix de Fer, 73530 Saint-Sorlin-d'Arves, France
Mountain Passes

Col de la Croix de Fer is a high mountain pass in the French Alps linking Le Bourg-d'Oisans and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. The pass has featured in the Tour de France nineteen times since it was first passed in the 1947 tour when the race was led over the summit by Fermo Camellini. One of the beautiful locations in the area and also a nice picnic spot too.

Col de la MadeleineCol de la Madeleine, 73130 Montgellafrey, France
Mountain Peaks
Mountain Passes

Col de la Madeleine is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France. Madeleine is one of only two roads that crosses the Vanoise Alps. Until the 18th century, it was known as Col de la Colombe. Itconnects La Chambre in Maurienne with La Léchère in Tarentaise. The pass is closed from November to the beginning of June. It has been described as "beautiful, but heartbreaking".

Col des AravisCol des Aravis, 74220 La Clusaz, France
Mountain Passes

Col des Aravis is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.487m above the sea level, located in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes. Col des Aravis is the lowest pass in the Aravis mountain range. The road to the summit is a bit steep. One of the beautiful locations in this area and also a nice place which is blessed with natural beauty.

Map of attractions in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes