With a population of almost 35,000 people, Thonon-les-Bains, the capital of the Chablais region, is still the beating heart of Lake Geneva’s French banks in both a commercial and tourist sense.
You can see the influence of Amédée VIII Duke of Savoie and François de Sales in the town’s streets and monuments. The kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia isn’t far away. Legend and history come together in the heart of this town to enthral you. Brimming with history and culture and ideally located between the lake and mountain, Thonon-les-Bains will leave you spellbound! Dive into the town’s culture and take the experience home with you.
Just take a stroll through the streets and you will discover the town’s heritage. Each place has a story to tell about how the town has grown and its historical highlights that have made it what it is today. Travel back in time and see the past burst into the present.
Thonon’s natural areas will have you coming back again and again with friends or without. Come and recharge your batteries in unspoilt surroundings. Get back to nature and relax, explore and chill out here.
There are lots of religious statues in legendary locations in Thonon-les-Bains for you to admire, contemplate and learn the history behind.
We know our stuff in Thonon! We love our food in the Chablais region and we can’t wait to introduce you to new flavours. The region is famous for its fish, wine and traditional specialities. Enjoy!
Go on an adventure with our Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie guide (Savoie heritage) and see the town from a different perspective whilst uncovering hidden gems. Hear all about the town’s history as well as the stories that make it unique.
There are lots of cultural places to visit and things to do: Theatre shows, musicals, art exhibitions, photo displays, sculptures, access to new pieces etc. You are bound to find something you like and you can bask in this cultural and diverse atmosphere.
Each of the Christian chapels here have their own story to tell. All of them date back to the 17th century and were made into places of Catholic worship by St François de Sales. Nowadays only occasional celebrations of mass are held here.
Thonon-les-Bains quartiers (districts) are often pretty with their wash-house in the centre. The wash-house was mainly used to rinse laundry after having washed it and was important for social reasons as one of few places were women could meet up and talk.
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