Attractions in Rhône-Alpes

The region of Rhône-Alpes belongs to the newer region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes since 1st January 2016. It is situated to the eastern part of France towards the south. Its main city is Lyons which is the second largest city in France after Paris. The east of the region contains the westernmost part of the Alps and borders Switzerland and Italy. The highest peak is Mont Blanc, on the French-Italian border. The central part of the region comprises the river valleys of the Rhône and the Saône.

Boasting eight natural parks and peerless sites such as Mont Blanc and the Gorges de l’Ardèche, Rhône-Alpes offers a wide range of different landscapes: mountains, vineyards and gentle valleys, fields of lavender and olive groves.

Every form of sport is readily available, set against an impressive natural backdrop: skiing, hiking, mountain biking or even paragliding and canoeing. Besides hosting three Winter Olympics games due to its being the largest ski area in the world, Rhône-Alpes is the second most important golfing region in France with over 60 courses.

See also: Cities in Rhône-Alpes

Attractions

The Royal Monastery of Brou is a religious complex located at Bourg-en-Bresse in the Ain département, central France. It is composed of monastic buildings and a church, which were built at the beginning of the 16th century by Margaret of Austria, daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. The church was built between 1506 and 1532 in a flamboyant Gothic style. The tall roof is covered in coloured, glazed tiles. Margaret, her third husband Philibert II, Duke of Savoy, and his mother, Margaret of Bourbon, are all buried in tombs within the church.

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The Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. The cable car to the summit, the Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi, was built in 1955 and held the title of the world’s highest cable car for about two decades.

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The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a minor basilica in Lyon. It was built with private funds between 1872 and 1896 in a dominating position in the city, as a mark of the triumph of Christian values over the socialists of the Lyon commune of 1870, like the similarly inspired Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Paris.

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Mountain massif and highest peak in Europe at 15,771ft – 4,807metres. It is situated in the Alps, the massif which lies along the Italian border and reaches to Switzerland, but the summit lies in French territory.Surrounding the massif are the Graian Alps, the Chamonix Valley, Savoy Alps, Pennine Alps and the Valley of Courmayeur.

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In the heart of the Vercors region, explore this cave hidden within the magnificent Cirque of Choranche. Let yourself drift… The waters of the underground lakes and rivers flood the crystal whiteness of the rock formations with emerald green reflections.

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Aix-les-Bains is a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It is situated on the shore of Lac du Bourget, 9 km (5.6 mi) by rail north of Chambéry.The town lies at an altitude of about 250 m and stretches along the eastern end of the beautiful Lac du Bourget and up the slopes above the lake that culminate in the Tour de L’Angle Est that overlooks the town and lake

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Palais de l’Isle is a castle in the centre of the Thiou, a canal in Annecy, southern France. It was built in 1132. Its triangular shape is reminiscent of the prow of a galley anchored in the river.

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Vienne Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Maurice de Vienne) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, dedicated to Saint Maurice, and a national monument of France, in the city of Vienne, Isère.

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The Grenoble-Bastille Cable car ,also affectionately known as The bubbles(French: Les bulles), was inaugurated on 29 September 1934 in the city of Grenoble.

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Lake Annecy (French Lac d’Annecy) is a perialpine lake in Haute-Savoie in FranceIt is the second largest lake in France, after the Lac du Bourget, if the French part of Lake Geneva (which is also partly in Switzerland) is excluded. It is known as “Europe’s cleanest lake” because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s. It is a popular tourist destination known for its swimming and water sports.

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