Thonon’s oldest church dates back to the 12th century and has been redone and restored several times. The only original feature is its crypt. The church is now one of the best examples of the Baroque style in the Haute-Savoie area!
Overlooking the fishing port, the Castle of Rives dates from the Middle Ages and is listed as an historic building. It was the home of the Counts and Dukes of Savoy and became an industrial site after the Revolution.
Thonon’s 19th Century hillside railway, Constructed in 1888, ‘Le Funiculaire’ was moved by a counter-weighting system using 11 tons of water. Today, it still links the port to the town centre, but since 1990, it has been powered by electricity.
This wash house has an oval pool with twelve individual stones which means you could kneel down and wash clothes with someone in front of you. The rinsing pool has a trough and the pool measures 8m x 3m.
This religious structure was completed at the beginning of the 20th century. Maurice Denis painted his last murals here and the basilica is all the more interesting for them. The Baroque St-Hippolyte church adjoins the structure.
A rare witness to the fortifications of the Thonon town walls, the Castle of Bellegarde, built on the edge of the ramparts, guarded the Lombards Gate and access to the town of Thonon. A local curiosity: bawdy friezes in sculpted wood.
Thonon is «Kilomètre Zero» starting point of the Route des Grandes Alpes between Thonon and Menton. By bicycle, motorcycle or car, set out to discover this 700 km long route and pass the most legendary Alpine cols. Get your control card so that you can get your diploma at the end, an unforgettable reward for your Alpine adventure!