Best Things To Do In Chamonix, France In Summer

Bonjour! Hello from Chamonix, a mind-blowing destination in the heart of the French Alps, where Mont Blanc with other impressive giant mountains dominates the area. This small touristy alpine village is full of amazing outdoor adventures and attractions along with cozy restaurants serving delicious alpine food, and plenty of stylish hotels. But what’s even more important: it’s full of unforgettable views at every step. Are you ready to discover many great things to do in Chamonix in summer? We hope so!

Both of us fell in love with this place and wished we had stayed longer. But at least we have a good reason to come back soon, right? So if you’re looking for an amazing alpine escape, Chamonix might be exactly the place you need for your next summer or winter adventure! Come, let’s see what it has to offer. 

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Chamonix, France FAQ

Where is Chamonix, France located?

Chamonix is located in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France. The town sits in a valley, at the foot of Western Europe’s highest mountain – Mont Blanc, at an altitude of 1035m a.s.l.

What is Chamonix best known for?

Chamonix is a world-renowned ski resort since the Winter Olympics in 1924 which were held there. The area offers several different ski areas suited to all levels, from beginners to extreme skiers. In addition to skiing, the town is also well known for many great hiking routes and cable car to Aiguille du Midi peak from which you can admire Mont Blanc from a very close range.

Is Chamonix worth visiting?

We can’t give you a different answer than YES. Thousand times yes. Believe us, you don’t want to miss this gem of the Haute-Savoie. Chamonix is totally worth a visit, no matter if it’ll be only a one-day trip, a weekend getaway, or a week or two during vacation time. Mighty mountains covered in snow, glaciers, breathtaking views on each step, countless summer and winter outdoor activities, and the possibility to stand right in front of Mont Blanc. Add Chamonix to your France bucket list, you won’t regret it.

At what altitude Chamonix is located?

Chamonix is located at an altitude of 1035m a.s.l.

Best Things To Do Near Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France
Best Things To Do Near Mont Blanc in Chamonix
What’s the best time to visit Chamonix, France?

It’s always a good time to visit Chamonix, although the best time highly depends on your personal preferences. Do you prefer skiing or hiking? Cold or warm? Snow or green grass? Generally, there are two main tourist seasons in Chamonix: winter and summer. Winter is for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities. Summer is perfect for outdoor sports like hiking, climbing, and mountain biking. During spring and autumn the town slows down a little, and there are fewer crowds. So if you are looking for a more quiet and relaxing time – choose that part of the year. But remember to check the weather, and conditions on the trails before you head out.

How many days do you need in Chamonix?

Chamonix is a small town. It’s possible to see some of the main attractions in one day (as we did). But we would definitely recommend staying longer, at least 3 days, even closer to one week. We think this time, with good weather, would be great to slowly explore the village, top attractions, go on some hikes and even find some time to relax. Can you afford to stay even longer? That’s great! Use that opportunity, we can bet that you won’t regret it.

Uff, we’ve answered all the most important questions so now it’s time to finally discover all the best things to do in Chamonix in summer. Let’s go and take a closer look.

Chamonix France Village Town Centre Main Street
Chamonix France Village Town Centre
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Best Things To Do In Chamonix In Summer

Chamonix Old Town Center

We’ll start exploring the area from the bottom, the Chamonix Old Town Centre, which is located in a valley, at the foot of Mont Blanc, between the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi mountains. The town boasts a typical alpine charm, at times intertwined with modern buildings. Your main points of interest in Chamonix Old Town should be:

  • Rue du Docteur Paccard & Place Balmat – Chamonix’s main street and square, full of outdoor sports shops, fashion boutiques, stylish traditional restaurants, and many quaint buildings
  • Place de l’Eglise – featuring Paroisse Saint Bernard du Mont-Blanc, a lovely Baroque church, and a Chamonix Tourist Office

Just slowly stroll through Chamonix’s old town center, and at every step enjoy this charming town and mind-blowing mountain views. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best things to do in Chamonix at any time of the year.

Chamonix France Old Town main square with Mont Blanc view
River in Chamonix Old Town Center with Alps Mont Blanc views
Best things to do in Chamonix, France - Walk in the Alpine Village
Paroisse Saint Bernard du Mont-Blanc on Place de l'Eglise in Chamonix
Chamonix France Old Town Center - colorful buildings and Alps views

Aiguille du Midi Chamonix Cable Car

Aiguille du Midi is a 3842m tall mountain in the French Alps that can easily be accessed by cable car. In just 20 minutes, the Aiguille du Midi cable car will take you from the Chamonix center to the high mountains, to the closest point you can get near the summit of Mont Blanc without hiking. This number one Chamonix attraction gives you an incredible possibility to take a close look at Mont Blanc, by standing literally right in front of it. So if you have the chance to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, don’t hesitate, it’s totally worth every penny.

The ride from Chamonix to the Aiguille du Midi consists of two parts. The first part of the ride starts in Chamonix center and just in a few minutes reaches the Plan de l’Aiguille, at 2310m a.s.l, Then, after a short break, the ride continues right up to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m).

View over Chamonix from Aiguille du Midi Cable Car
Aiguille du Midi Chamonix Cable Car
Cable Car to Aiguille du Midi Chamonix France

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Aiguille du Midi

From the terraces located at the top of the Aiguille du Midi, you can enjoy a breathtaking direct view of Mont Blanc, as well as views of the surroundings: French, Swiss and Italian Alps. On the upper station, you’ll also find some educational areas, a restaurant, a gift shop, and toilets. If you are brave, you can also make a Step Into a Void and look down into a 1000m void. If you are a skier you might also want to know that the Aiguille Midi summit is a starting point for the mythical Vallée Blanche. It’s truly an amazing thing to do in Chamonix in summer.

Views over Alps from Aiguille du Midi
Things to do in Chamonix - admire spectacular views over Alps from Aiguille du Midi
Spectacular views and raven on the top of Aiguille du Midi France
Aiguille du Midi main upper station
Climbers near Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc France
View over Mont Blanc from Aiguille du Midi summit
Top Aiguille du Midi attraction - Step Into a Void
Aiguille du Midi top attraction - step Into a Void

Return to Chamonix

You can return to Chamonix the same way – by cable car. On the way down (or up) we advise you to take a longer stop at Plan de l’Aiguille. There you can sit on a stone or grass, have a picnic, and simply enjoy the views. You can also take a quick hike to Lac Bleu, the blue lake. It’s only 1km from the Plan l’Aiguille cable car station. If you’re up to it you can also walk down to Chamonix from the middle cable car station, just follow the signs.

Interesting fact. Aiguille du Midi cable car is the highest mountain peak with an aerial lift system. It also holds the world record for the highest vertical ascent: 2807m (from 1035m to 3842m).