A nice relaxing few hour stop
For me not enough to do
Lots and lots of lovely building's in a lovely location!
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...more
The Source Cachet, the original Evian water source, is located just up the hill from the central pedestrian shopping district in Evian on Avenue des Sources. This is the location where, in 1789, the spring water was ‘discovered’ on Mr. Cachet’s property. Over the years, the fame spring about the curative results for those who drank the water and...more
With its foundations dating back to 1355, the Hospice Medieval is the oldest building in the town. It sits quietly and obscurely along the pedestrian shopping district with just a simple sign and some flags to give it some notice. Historically, the house belonged to a lady named Pernette Grenat of Evian who donated her house and financial means to...more
A favorite spot for visitors to Evian is the casino, located right on the main road (D1005) by the water. Inspired by neo-Byzantine styles, this large domed building stands out since it is so big and well lit. Historically, the casino was an integral part of the spa town, providing a place for visitors to relax and have some fun. The original...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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.more
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...more
Rive sud du Lac de Geneve, Royal Parc Evian, Ã?via
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Av. d'Abondance, Neuvecelle Eglise
Good for: Couples
Rue du Tir au Pigeon, Evian-les-Bains, 74500, fr
Good for: Couples
Hubby was hungry for pizza. After talking to the staff at the hotel, it was agreed that there are no good pizza places in Evian. But that didn’t deter him from trying. So we set out to find some pizza in town; we ended up at the restaurant near the Evian Therme and along the shores of Lake Geneva: Le Grand Café.This was an Italian restaurant that...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
As this was an unscheduled stop, we didn't have any restaurant recommendations so we wandered the main street and checked out the menus before decided on Le Grand Cafe where I could get my cheese fix for the day and David could get his pizza fix.The servers were all young and seemed to all have attitudes. My fondue came to our table a long time...more
If you are looking for a different way to get to the northern side of Lake Geneva from Evian, you might want to consider taking the ferry. It will get you there in just 35 minutes, but it is a bit pricey, especially if you are family. Ferries depart regularly from Evian daily depending on the weather and season (check their website for details and...more
There is a good bit of street parking in Evian; much of it has a fee during the daytime and then free after 7:00 pm through 9:00 am. Rather than worry about having change all the time or making sure we had a parking space each time we returned from our daily excursions, we opted to use the parking garage at the Hilton. While the hotel uses this...more
We drove to Evian because we had planned on using our car for our many day trips during our vacation. Easy to find because it is along the southern shore of Lake Geneva, Evian’s main road (D1005) goes from one end of the lake to the other, passing through the border of Switzerland on either end. We drove both ways since we visited Geneva one day,...more
I will be the first to admit that I am not a shopper; it is just not something I enjoy. But I can appreciate the care and time it takes for shopkeepers to fix magnificent displays for those who enjoy browsing when they travel. The shopping district of Evian, a pedestrian only (no cars) area, is one of those places that I enjoyed walking through...more
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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...more
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).
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.
Evian-les-Bains had a series of statues that are made of sticks and twigs. I found three of them, although I was only able to get photos of two. One is in the center island of the main road (D1005) near the Casino and is a golfer getting ready to hit a rather large ball. There is a second statue on this same road farther to the west of town. And inside town on the pedestrian walkway, look up and you will find a large ferocious animal – perhaps a wolf? The statues were a bit different and I found them to be playful. The brown coloring makes these artworks blend in with their surroundings.
Also, in the park area beside the lake and across from the Hotel de Ville, I found a number of terra cotta seats in various sizes that people could sit on...that is if they were not so wet from the rain that day! Adult and child size!
Something to look for while you are driving through town or walking around…