The Cachat spring – formerly known as the Saint Catherine Fountain, is the most famous
of the many natural sources in Evian. Built in 1903, at the same time as the pump room
opposite, the spring runs all year at a constant temperature of 11.6C.
This mineral water spring is why Evian is known all over the world. It is named after Gabriel Cachat, the owner of the garden where it ran at the end of the 18th century. The therapeutic qualities of the water were discovered by Count Jean-Charles de Lazier, an aristocrat from Auvergne. Fleeing the French Revolution, he stayed in Evian from June 1790 to September 1792 at Gabriel Cachat's home and drank the water every day. His kidney stones, having made him suffer for years, disappeared rapidly. Analysed in 1807, the water is recommended for kidney and bladder ailments and its popularity as simple drinking water increased in 1860. The Cachat Spring belongs to the Evian mineral water company.
Services & Equipment
- Guided group tours
- Unguided individual tours
Throughout the year : open daily.
Free of charge
Historical tour of the town
Starting at the tourist office, a loop punctuated with 14 information panels tells the history of the town's principal buildings, from the Middle Ages to the Belle Époque period. Free tourist-loop map available at the tourist office.
Evian les Bains
Located in the north of Haute-Savoie, with the dramatic Alps on one side and the gentle waters of Lake Geneva on the other, the elegant town of Evian is world-renowned.
Evian bottling plant
After three years of work, the evian mineral water bottling plant is opening its doors again to visitors. A unique experience to discover the birth of a bottle, its packaging and shipping
Evian thermal center
In 1827, the first thermal center opens in Evian. Evian mineral water is famous for treatments in rheumatology, digestive, urinary, and metabolic illness.