Évian-les-Bains Travel Guide

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Évian-les-Bains Highlights

  • Pro
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    Dabs says…

     A nice relaxing few hour stop 

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     For me not enough to do 

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     Lots and lots of lovely building's in a lovely location! 

Évian-les-Bains Things to Do

  • Free Evian . . . really

    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....

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  • Nice and small

    The old town square is really nice and small with a pedestrian road running along it .... we were there on a Sunday morning and most shops were closed ... would have like to see it all open .....

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  • THE PALAIS LUMIERE

    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...

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  • VILLA LUMIERE [1885-1896]

    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...

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  • CASTLE RIPPAILE

    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 visitedPlease check the website for opening times,...

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  • JARDIN DE NECKARGEMUND

    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.

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  • THE CASINO

    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...

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  • THE TOWN OF ROSE'S

    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...

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  • Other things to do in Evian

    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...

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  • Casino

    Beautifully situated at the border of Lake Geneva, this is the place to be for gambling, concerts, entertainment.Casino of EvianQuay Baron de Blonay LP 874501 Cedex Evian-The-Baths - FranceTel.: 00 33 (0)4 50 26 87 87 E-mail: casino@royalparcevian.com

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  • Evian Water Public Fountain

    Instead of paying for overpriced Evian water in bottles, simply go to the public fountain in Evian, with water direct from the spring. Located just a block off the main street in town, behind the Evian offices, you can fill up your bottle(s) with spring water directly from the source.

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  • Walk along the waterfront

    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.

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  • Swimming and Minigolf

    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...

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  • Evian marina

    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!

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  • Activities in the lake

    Towns of Lac Leman are plenty of little harbours where you can rent boats, with ferrys crossing the waters, and people doing water skiing. And so is Evian. Furthermore, you have the option of merely walk and rest taking something near the lake.

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  • Source

    Source Cachat : the most famous source of Evian Mineral Water, erected in 1903. Inside one can get an impression of the history of the Evian sources. Entrance is free.

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  • Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church

    On the "historical discovery tour" we came across the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church, with its impressive tower.

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  • The musical fountain

    I coulnd't show it to you better as at this virtual link. BTW my photo was zero :-((www.evian-online.comOn a warm day : a great refreshing shower !!

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Évian-les-Bains Restaurants

  • Great food, wine, and service

    The restaurant is the main dining room of the Hotel Emitage, of the Evian Royal Resort. Note that this hotel is closed from 5 November 2009 until 31 May 2010. We had an amazing meal there one night. We ordered mainly French food and had some half decent wine. The service was top-notch and the staff able to read your mind. The room was quiet and I...

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  • A great restaurant

    We went to this restaurant recently, and found the lady serving us to be very patient, helpful and kind. She helped us with our limited french, to choose an appropriate meal. The food was delicious. For starters I had a salad with cheese, then I had a vegetarian dish of potatoes and tiny mushrooms, baked in a sauce, and a chocolate mousse to finish...

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  • best pizzas ever

    My son could live on pizzas so we have visited a lot of pizzarias and Pizza Rapido produces the best pizzas by a mile. We first visited one out of season day when just about everywhere else in Evian was shut otherwise we would never have considered going into this tiny take away joint, don't be put off by the basic surroundings. We now visit Evian...

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Évian-les-Bains Transportation

  • From Geneva by car

    To get to Evian from Geneva, we enjoyed a leisurely ride along a country road (D5) that passed through some lovely little villages to get to Yvoire, it was barely imperceptible that you were passing from Switzerland to France as there was no border guard, at least not that day. After stopping in Yvoire, we connected with another slightly larger...

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  • Walk

    evian is a small and safe town- walking around will help in discovering many of the hidden streets and monuments- take a camera with you

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  • Free parking

    There is a free parking on the main Avenue along the Lake at the height of the Cruises boat harbour at your right hand coming from Thonon next to La Frégate bar.

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Évian-les-Bains Shopping

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    market place

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 9, 2004

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    Walk around town and you'll find plenty of shops in the market- all are interesting, many locals are artistic (dance schools, accessories, handbags, etc)

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Évian-les-Bains Tourist Traps

  • Water

    If you are thirsty and want to drink water don't buy the 0,50ml bottle of the famous "Evian" water from the streets. It costs 1,5 Euro!!! Just walk to the fountain (five minutes walk) from the lake where you can drink for free.

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  • Learn some French

    Although residents of towns extremely friendly, in general, the French would rather speak French (even if they knew English)They take pride in their national language. Learn a few words in french to get by Buy a small english-french dictionary and carry it aroundyou'll find alot of creative ways lazy tourists invented though...check the french...

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  • Drinking a lot of water...

    Drinking a lot of water...As a matter of fact, Evian is a beautiful resort town and defeinitely worth a daytrip. Have an empty bottle

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Évian-les-Bains Off The Beaten Path

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    View from the Pic des Memises

    by RovingRachel Written Apr 3, 2007

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    Thollon les Memises is a ski resort/village, 10 minutes drive south of Evian. In the summer it becomes a haven for hikers (val-de-ree, val-de-raa!!) and mountain bikers. The cable car runs all through the summer up to the top of the Memises which rise 2000m above sea level. Information about walks - duration and level of difficulty - can be obtained from the tourist information office on the main street. Even a gentle stroll westward from the ski station will reward you with the most incredible views across Lac Leman to Switzerland, and the ski lodge restaurant is open for meals and drinks. As a ski resort it doesn't offer much for the advanced skier, but has about 50km of runs, mainly red and blue (no black).

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Évian-les-Bains Sports & Outdoors

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    evian golf course

    by peaceness98 Updated Aug 9, 2004

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    Evian has a popular 18 hole golf course (maybe now we know what the G8 2003 summit participants were busy doing there?they did seem like a boring bunch)

    There's also an 18 hole mini golf course by the Lake.

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