The French Lake Geneva
"Thonon les Bains - a true French Spa town"
The French love their water and the thermal spas and along the coast of Lake Geneva or Lac Leman are two well known resorts - Evian and Thonon. At Thonon they have a modern looking Etablissment Thermal run by ValVital which has brought the purpose of the waters up to date ! Clearly a very different facility to that which existed over 100 years ago when the water at Thonon was first made a commercial attraction.
"Fishing the lake"
Along the quay you can see the fishing exhibition and find out more about the life and times of the Lake fishing folk at Thonon. Discover the different fish in the lake and see the craft especially the nets used.
Called : L'Ecomusée de la Pêche et du Lac the visit is a must see when you are in Thonon.
"Getting from the lake to the town"
The old funicular enables an easy ride up the steep cliff slope from the lake Quai at Rives to the town level. A great system that costs €1 each way and is well worth it going up the hill ! At the top of the funicular you have the panoramic walk giving fine views over towards the north and Switzerland. And a short walk brings you into the town centre.