Beautifully situated at the border of Lake Geneva, this is the place to be for gambling, concerts, entertainment.
Casino of Evian
Quay Baron de Blonay LP 8
74501 Cedex Evian-The-Baths - France
Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 50 26 87 87
IF you like lovely architecture, then you must have a look at the Hotel De Ville, which is also known as Villa Lumiere.
The former summer residence of the Lumiere family, this gorgeous villa, built in the Renaissance-inspired French classical style, became the Evian town hall in 1927.
It belonged to Antoine Lumiere whose sons Louis and Auguste invented the cinematograph. Their work can be seen in the Museum of Lumiere at Lyon.
Inside, is the hall and the gilded drawing room, also known as the "Salon Dore or "Golden Lounge", a room with yellow silk curtain's and golden panelling, this is the lovely area where Marriage's are now celebrated!
Don't miss the bronze sculpture, by the Lyon-based artist Pascal Devaux, of a lioness guarding the monumental oak staircase.
Outside, there are some very interesting door's and statues.
Non-guided visits to the foyer, the grand lounge and the "Salon Dore" from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday all year long.
For a perfect end to the day, watch the sun set over the marina from the restaurant Cabestan, which has a large outdoor seating area. The staff are very friendly and people watching is always fun - roller bladers, dog walkers etc. I recommend the Americano cocktail as an aperatif!
The Palais Lumiere is one of many beautiful buildings alongside the park and Lake Leman.
It is one that caught my attention with its two tone white and beige stonework, and the square Tower and huge glass Dome.
This fabulous building with views out to the lake, was built by a Parisian architect at the begining of the 19th century. It used to be a Spa building!
The side walls of the entrance porch are decorated with two mounted canvases "Nymphs at the Source" and "Nymphs at the water's edge." Looking into the mirror, it was like looking into a Hall of mirror's!
The main hall with its beautiful stained window's, was once a place of high society that was both an office waiting room and bar. This area was the pump room, and water flowed into the red marble basins beneath each of the four statues in the room. Take a look at the floor which is a beautiful wooden polished floor laid out in a star pattern. Upstairs were treatment rooms but these are now function rooms. The Old Baths have been converted into a cultural and convention Centre of international renown.
The palace is now an art gallery.
They hold exhibition's here all the time, so if you check the website, you can find out what is on.
OPEN... 10:30-7 PM
I coulnd't show it to you better as at this virtual link. BTW my photo was zero :-((
On a warm day : a great refreshing shower !!
Should you have a slightly longer visit than us, a couple of things that might interest you:
-visit the Evian bottled water plant in nearby Amphion, the booklet I picked up said the visit (visite usine) was free for individuals between June 12-September 17 at 9, 10:30, 14:00, 15:00. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Email email@example.com
-visit the Casino
-go for a boat ride on Lake Geneva (Lac Leman)
-go for some spa treatments
-visit the Precurieux water gardens
Castle Ripaille, to me looked like a big Manor House.
It was built in 1434 by the first Duke of Savoy. Originally, there were 7 Tower's, today, only 4 remain.
These day's, it is mainly a private estate that produces Wine. We saw the vineyard's surrounding the Castle. Some part's of the Castle can be visited
Please check the website for opening times, as they do vary throughout the year.
This public pool, the Centre Nautique, is at the western end of town alongside the lake. For a few euros you can spend the whole day. There is an olympic size pool, a smaller pool, a fenced off infant pool and a waterslide with plunge pool. You can also waterski from the jetty and swim and dive safely in the lake. There is a large cafe with terrassed gardens and an outdoor coffee shop. Tight swimming trunks must be worn by men, not the loose type - they will not let you swim otherwise! The minigolf course is located in front of the Centre Nautique and is great fun. My husband, a serious golfer who plays off 4, loves it. We hold an inter-family competition every time we visit - and he doesn't always win! We even played in the pouring rain which greatly amused the lady at the pay cabin especially when I told her "nous sommes Anglais, il pleut toutes les temps en Angleterre".
Across the street (Avenues des Sources) from the free flowing Evian water is the Art Nouveau styled pump room. This was the primary pump room used during the height of the spa era for Evian. The pump room was designed by the same architect that created the current casino, J. A. Hebrard, and was to represent a “water temple.”
Originally built on the site of the first spring (St. Catherine’s fountain before being renamed after Mr. Cachet who owned the property on which the medicinal waters were found), the pump room was built in 1903. The terrace on the Avenue des Sources side of the building used to be enclosed and held morning concerts. There is a belfry on this side of the building as well. Below, on the ground floor and accessible by walking down the side alley next to the building, is the actual pump room, which was a reading room with the fountain in the center of the room. Today is still owned by Evian water and visitors can visit it as well as get information about the water and the bottling plant nearby.
We arrived later in the afternoon, around 5 pm, so we just took a walk along the waterfront before settling on a place for dinner. The lakefront path is about 3 km long, lined with flowers and trees, with lots of people strolling and at least one roller blader that passed 5 or 6 times.
This is the name of the nice garden's located across the road from the Art Gallery and Town Hall.
This garden area had nice lawn's, Tree's and Shrub's, lot's of Red Rose's and plenty of seating. Just across the road is the view of Lake Leman. I found a nice "Swan" fountain and some sculpture's in the park.
There is plenty of parking by the park.
Another building close by in the same area, is the huge Casino.
In 1877, Evian was bequeathed a 17th century castle which was turned into a Casino. In 1911 this was destroyed and the beautiful new casino with its neo-byzantine cupola was built.
The casino is one of the main place's in Evian to enjoy evening entertainment. The usual gambling games which include roulette and blackjack, plus slot machine's are all here. The casino has a self contained bar and restaurant.
The website gives more detailed information.
The first thing I noticed as we were entering Evian-Les-Bain's, were the Rose bushes.
It was end of May, and they were in full bloom and really lovely. This Town really took pride in the way it looked. Rose bushes were in the centre strip of the road and they were in the public garden's.
Not only Rose's, but the Town had lovely parks with other flower's and some nice bird bath's and fountain's.
What a pleasure it was to be here in this well kept Town.
Don't forget your bottles when you search for the Source (spring) in Evian. There were people with fairly large bottles and when we realized anyone could get water from the spring, we quickly emptied our little water bottle and refilled it. Being the budget traveller, I always buy a bottle of water and then refill it at the hotel sink as we travel. This time I got real Evian and wished I'd had a larger bottle. Sigh . . .
The town is charming, especially on market day. There is a walk along the lakeside with plenty to see and conveniently placed benches where you can sit with a sandwich or an ice cream and watch the antics of the ducks and swans on the lake. People watching is pretty good too.
The best thing about Evian is its location on the southern shores of Lake Geneva. On a clear day, I can imagine this place is absolutely gorgeous and full of people strolling on the pedestrian pathway beside the lake. We were there over a rainy Easter weekend so the views were not good, but that didn’t keep people from walking along the shores enjoying their holiday.
There is a paved path that goes for a mile or so; it looks like there is construction work to expand this park like area. A children’s playground was full of happy kids on Easter Sunday. There are places to get a snack along the path (open only in the summer time) and the ferry to the other side of the lake is here as well. The pathway is a good place for walkers and joggers alike as it meanders through the park area along the shores away from the busy road.