Evian, proud of its thermal past has preserved all the wealth of its heritage.
The Buvette Cachat, the Griffon of the Cachat Source testify to the resort’s former life and are the iconic places in Evian. Exceptional cultural sites: Villa Lumière, Palais Lumière, Maison Gribaldi, Funicular, Notre Dame de l’Assomption Church, Theatre and Casino make Evian a recognised city of culture.
A historic tour consisting of 24 stages is spread throughout the town centre. In front of each site, you will find explanatory information in French and English.
A plan is available free of charge from the tourist office (in French, English and German) which allows you to follow this tour at your own pace.
Opening the railway line Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean in June 1882 was a milestone for the resort's future. Evian was now connected to main railway lines in France via Annemasse and Thonon.
Built around 1900 for Charles Taillefer, legal counsel to the French Embassy in London, then integrated to the Châtelet thermal baths, this large villa with a turret looks like a small castle.
The atmosphere of the Franc Quarter—the oldest neighbourhood in the city, protected behind the rampart walls—is palpable through the narrow, winding streets surrounding the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Church.
During WWI, a half million civilians considered to be "useless mouths" were evacuated by Germany from the regions they were occupying in the the north and east of France.
The Savoie, whose home port is Evian, is the replica of a 35-m barque with lateen sails. It was built in 1896 near Geneva for a family of boatmen from Meillerie, the Pérays.
A fortified manor house stood on this site in the 14th century. It It contributed to the defense of the new La Touvière Quarter located outside the city walls.
Former summer residence of the Lumière family from Lyon, this sumptuous villa of classic French style inspired by the Renaissance, became Evian's town hall in 1927.
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.
The Dollfus Villa, also called the Hydrangea Villa, is representative of the Belle Époque vacation homes built along the banks of the Léman by the business bourgeoisie.
This luxurious 250-room hotel was built between 1906 and 1909 for a subsidiary of the Société des eaux minérales, based on the plans of the Parisian architect Albert Hébrard.
The place du marché or market square is the economic heart of the medieval city. It is located right above the castle and close to the shore where the boats land on.
The Palais Lumière was opened in 2006 after two years of renovation work. This former spa establishment from 1903 to 1984 has kept all its splendor and is now a cultural and congress center.
An interactive and fun area dedicated to evian mineral water is accessible on the ground floor from rue Nationale. From the Avenue des Sources, you can admire its dome and its magnificent Art Nouveau stained glass windows.
Built during the second half of the 13th century, under the reign of Peter II, Count of Savoy, Evian's church is an early example of Savoyard Gothic art.
The Evian Castle was one of the Savoy court's favourite residences. Built by Count Peter II in the middle of the 13th century, it is a square enclosure with 45 m of sides, guarded at each corner by a round tower.
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