France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   What to See & Do, Aix-les-Bains, France
The old town is set on the hill, and the lake front below has its own entertainment.




Visiting Aix-les-Bains is really like visiting two different towns. Up high on the hill is the town center, with the Hôtel de Ville, baths, Roman ruins, and casino. For the most part, when you're in this part of town you're not even aware that Aix-les-Bains is located on a large lake.

Start your visit of the town center at the Hôtel de Ville, and you can easily see the major sites. You'll move quickly from Roman times to the 19th century and see how Aix-les-Bains developed. More...

But there is another whole part of town on the waterfront. The beautiful Lac du Bourget, the largest and deepest natural lake in France, It's about 2.5 kilometers (just over a mile and half) from the Hôtel de Ville to the waterfront, with its port, boat rides, beach, and aquarium. You'll want to plan your sightseeing accordingly. More...

Aix-les-Bains is an excellent base for visiting the area around the Lac du Bourget. You can easily drive around the lake and see the major sites. In addition, there are a number of excellent restaurants in the nearby towns, some of which offer great views. More...

Lac du Bourget, France  
View of Lac du Bourget from Lamartine restaurant in Le Bourget du Lac.  

If you're staying in Geneva (70 kilometers/43 miles) north, or Chambéry(just 18 kilometers/11 miles south), you could make a day trip to Aix-les-Bains and the Lac du Bourget area.

Hotels in Aix-les-Bains

Aix-les-Bains Town Center

Aix-les-Bains Waterfront

Restaurants in Aix-les-Bains

Transport for Aix-les-Bains

Tourist Information

About Aix-les-Bains


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Casino, Aix-les-Bains, France

Above, Night time view of the Casino Grand Cercle, Aix-les-Bains.

Below, You can enjoy a boat trip on the Lac du Bourget, leaving from the Grand Port.


Aix-les-Bains, boats on the lake, FRance

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