Former capital of the Dukes of Savoie and Kingdom of Piémont Sardaigne, Chambéry is a dynamic and lively city labelled “City of Art and History”. Chambéry is an attractive city, notably thanks to its many assets – its castle, its medieval streets and its numerous traditional shops – and also thanks to its university, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, which is mainly dedicated to innovation and environmental researches.
The dynamism of the city is demonstrated through its intense cultural life. Festivals and events take place throughout the cultural calendar: Festival du Premier roman, Comic Strip Festival, Jazz Festival, as well as Les Nuits de la Roulotte, Cité d'Eté or Lafi Bala, etc.
The pedestrian district has recently been expanded, with new Halles hosting the indoor market and brand stores, which is propitious for strolling around, discovering what is on offer and shopping.
Things to see and do:
Discover the old town, its many private hotels, the Castle of the Dukes of Savoy, Saint François de Sales Cathedral and the Fountain of Elephants, which is the emblematic monument of the city.
Head off in the footsteps of Jean-Jacques Rousseau at the Charmettes Museum, a country residence where he would often stay.
Visit the many museums, the Fine Arts Museum, which has been recently renovated, has a prestigious collection of Italian paintings from the 14th and 18th centuries.
The Savoy Museum, in an old monastery, has archaeological, ethnographic and historical collections dedicated to Savoy.
L’Hôtel de Cordon and the Architecture and Heritage Centre in Chambéry, and also the Eurêka Gallery and the Maison des Parcs, de la Montagne et du Grand Lac.
Office of Tourism: www.chambery-tourisme.com
City of Chambery: www.chambery.fr