France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Aix-les-Bains, France Guide
Once a splendid 19th-century spa resort with grand hotels and the wealthy and titled gambling fortunes in its casino, Aix-les-Bains is now a graceful, pleasant, more tranquil lakeshore holiday town worth a visit or a longer stay.




As with so many therapeutic mineral-water baths, those of Aix-les-Bains were discovered by the Romans, and have been soothing aches ever since.

The 19th-century boom in rail travel and the popularity of spa resorts brought Queen Victoria, Emperor Napoléon III, and American tycoon John Pierpont Morgan to Aix-les-Bains. We suspect that they and lesser lights came more for the society, to see and be seen, than for the cure.

The reasons to stop at Aix-les-Bains for one or more nights are clear: a temperate climate, graceful old trees, well-tended parks, and a manageable town center with shops, cafés and other services; a fine modern lakeshore with beach, promenades and marinas for motor and sail boats (not to mention parasailing); several Michelin-starred restaurants in the vicinity; and spectacular views of the Lac de Bourget and its framing mountains.

Use Aix-les-Bains as a base for a driving or biking tour of the lake, or see it by boat—a wonderful vacation.

The fine old hotels of the Gilded Age have been supplemented by modern facilities and a variety of self-catering apartments/flats, so you're sure to find congenial lodgings. More...

Hotels in Aix-les-Bains

Restaurants in Aix-les-Bains

What to See & Do

Transport for Aix-les-Bains

Tourist Information




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Hıotel de Ville, Aix-les-Bains, France

Above, The medieval Hôtel de Ville in Aix-les-Bains: its back wall is left from a Roman temple.

Below, View of the Lac du Bourget from the Petit Port of Aix-les-Bains.


Aix-les-Bains view of Lac du Bourget

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