I have been to Chamonix 3 times and I still can’t get enough of it. As an avid trail runner and someone who loves breathtaking mountain views, this alpine town which is located on the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain rising at 4,807 metres above sea level, is a place where my dreams come true! Known as the world’s mountain and trail running capital, this alpine town attracts visitors from all over the world.

Would you not want a picture with this stunning background?

How to get to Chamonix?

There are many ways to get to Chamonix as this French alpine town straddles the borders of three different countries: France, Switzerland, and Italy.

The most common way to get to Chamonix is to depart from Geneva Airport in Switzerland. From here, you could take an airport transfer which is the fastest way to reach the alpine town (around 1 hour and 30 minutes), by train (about 3 hours), or by a long-distance bus (about 3 hours).

On my last visits to Chamonix, I was lucky to have friends who drove their cars and tagged me along in their trips. Aside from being the most flexible way to visit the town, this mode of transport is also visually rewarding as you get to see so many magnificent alpine mountains along the way.

View of Mont Blanc in the distance as we drove closer there.

What to see and to do in Chamonix?

There is a lot to see and do in Chamonix, regardless of the season of the year. This alpine town looks stunning, especially on a sunny day. Its charming little streets, cafes, and restaurants are a delight to see.

The steep slopes and the peak of Mont Blanc as viewed from Chamonix.

My simplest and favourite thing to do when I am in Chamonix is to find a cafe near the town centre and order a cafe allonge (black/long coffee) and watch people and relish the views of the town graced with a breathtaking backdrop of Mont Blanc mountain.

A cup of coffee and views of Chamonix and Mont Blanc = pure happiness!

On my previous trips, I also enjoyed a cup of ice cream, or lunch in one of its restaurants, while enjoying the same views. I really loved it.

Here are some pictures I took when I went there during winter:

The town centre of Chamonix with the view of Mont Blanc in the background.
The views of the mountains are everywhere in the town of Chamonix.
A café near the Paroisse Saint Bernard du Mont-Blanc, a beautiful little church in Chamonix.
Chamonix is a great place to try the local cuisines of the Savoie region.
A close-up of Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, located near Chamonix, France.
View of the Mont Blanc massif from the town of Chamonix, France.

And here are some pictures I took when I went there during the summer:

A lovely street in Chamonix during summer. If you are into it, you can visit the shops to do some shopping.
A stream with moving waters cut across the town of Chamonix.
Taking a short break at a restaurant/cafe located high up the alpine mountain in Chamonix.
The town of Chamonix is filled with tourists at any time of the year.
A fancy huge chair in front of the cable car station heading to Le Brevent mountain in Chamonix.
The cable car that brings visitors to Le Prevent, located over 2000 metres above sea level!

What else to do in Chamonix?

If you are done sightseeing the town, here is a list of non-exhaustive activities you could do in Chamonix and surrounding areas:

  • Take the cable car and see the world’s most stunning scenery on Mont Blanc’s Aiguille du Midi
  • Climb up to the peak of Mont Blanc, or climb the mountain if you are a mountaineer
  • Paraglide in tandem with an expert over the Alps
  • Mountain biking in Chamonix
  • Participate in a trail running event
  • Take a scenic cable car ride and do panoramic hiking in the Alps to see the Lac Blanc, and more!
  • Try the local gastronomy in Chamonix and the Savoie region
  • Have a meal at a mountain refuge near Chamonix
  • Take the Montenvers Railway for a scenic ride to the Mer de Glace glacier
  • Take the spectacular cable car ride to Le Brevent

Here are some pics of my previous hike with some friends to see The Lac Blanc. If you are into hiking, I highly recommend that you do this:

A sign standing just a few metres away from Lac Blanc, a lake located high up in the alpine mountains, after an exciting hike from Chamonix.
Ecstatic hikers enjoy the view of Lac Blanc near Chamonix.
A sweeping panoramic view of Lac Blanc near Chamonix.
Heading to a mountain refuge near Lac Blanc.
Having lunch with friends at a restaurant in a mountain refuge near Lac Blanc in Chamonix.
Taking a stop from hiking for some beers and views with friends in Chamonix!
A stunning hike down the mountains after visiting Lac Blanc.
The incredible vistas in Chamonix will fill you with absolute happiness!
Witnessing mind-blowing views like this are one of the reasons why I keep wanting to visit Chamonix.

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