If the two Savoie regions are famous for their mountain roads, passes and curves, they are just as famous for their superb and well-preserved castles. It is this combination of curves, history and architecture that we suggest you discover along this original 250 km (5.5 hours) route.
There are 4 tourist stops on this route. You are free to stay for a few minutes or a few hours.
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1. Castle of Ripaille: Ripaille, located between Thonon and Evian on the shores of Lake Geneva, is one of the most remarkable places of history, nature and beauty in Haute-Savoie. Formerly the residence of the Dukes of Savoy and a Carthusian monastery, the site, then in ruins, was acquired in 1892 by an aesthetic industrialist, Frédéric Engel-Gros, who turned it into a total work of art, including the historic buildings, the gardens and the large park.
2. Castle of Menthon: Nestled in a deep park, the castle of Menthon is one of the architectural jewels of Savoy. It is also a living residence, still occupied by the same family for almost 1000 years.
3. Thônes: Located in the heart of the mountains, halfway between Lake Annecy and the Aravis Massif, Thônes offers a year-round life, coveted in summer as well as in winter thanks to a wide range of activities.
4. Chartreuse du Reposoir: In the shadow of the Pointe Percée (2752m), the old Charterhouse was founded in 1151 by Carthusian monks. The buildings, restored in 1686 and 1717, house the former monks' cells, the large and small flamboyant Gothic cloister, the harmonious chapel (1480-1530) and the common parts. After having organised the pastoral and agricultural life for centuries, the Carthusian monks left the place in 1901, leaving it to the Carmelites in 1932.