Since the 11th century, the Grande Chartreuse Monastery has this picturesque remote alpine valley as a backdrop. The name Chartreuse is known worldwide for the strong liquor produced by the monks of this Carthusian order in the nearby town of Voiron. Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
High in the Alps below the Gargas summit (elevation: 2208m), the sanctuary of Notre-Dame de la Salette (elevation: 1769m) was built on the site, where in 1846, two young sheepherders were eyewitnesses to a Marian apparition. La Salette-Fallavaux, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
Pont-en-Royans is a medieval village at the western gateway to the grandiose La Bourne Gorge and the equally grandiose Vercors Plateau. Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
Medieval village of Yvoire on the left bank of Lake Geneva. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
Port Ripaille is a man-made marina in a wooded environment on the picturesque shore of Lake Geneva. All 550 apartments have a direct access to a mooring. Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
The Casino of Évian-les-Bains (the spa town with the famous mineral water) on the left bank of Lake Geneva. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
With 227km of ski slopes, Les Deux Alpes is one of the largest ski resort in the Alps. The town, on its southern outskirts, stands on the edge of a precipitous cliff. Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
The center of Chamonix Mont-Blanc with the Arve River. Chamonix is a bustling city all year round, it is considered, and rightly so, the mountaineering capital of the world. A short five to ten-minute walk from the Church Square are the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers cog train, both will take visitors, in less than half an hour, into another world made of granite and glaciers. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
The upscale mountain resort of Megève (elevation: 1096m) looking north towards Tête du Colonney (elevation: 2692m). Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
Inaugurated in 1888, the Abîme Bridge is listed in the national register of historical monuments. The suspension bridge over the abyss has always been a tourist attraction from the Belle Epoque to the present day. It crosses the Chéran Gorge at a height of 96 meters and is located in the Bauges Massif, a picturesque mountainous region labeled UNESCO Global Geopark. Cusy (left bank) and Gruffy (right bank), Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
The Oisans region in the French Alps has quite a few roads not advised for drivers with acrophobia. The road leading to the village of Auris is impressive with its 600-meter vertical drop above the Romanche Valley. Le Bourg d Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
Opened in 1933, this scenic road was built to have access from the Arc Valley to the remote village of Montvernier, high on a clifftop. Being scenic and with a 400-meter-high climb through 18 switchbacks, it is a cyclist magnet, and sometimes the Tour de France tackle this challenging climb. Lacets de Montvernier. Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
In operation since 1909, the historic Montenvers Cog Train has taken countless visitors to see the wonders of the Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France. Before reaching its terminal station above timberline at an elevation of 1913 meters, the train climbs up through a forest of larches, turning a dazzling yellow in the fall. Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.
The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is a particle accelerator. It is part of the Polygone Scientifique, a large research park located at the confluence of the Drac and Isère Rivers on the outskirts of Grenoble. Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.