Menthon Saint Bernard, Rhone-Alpes: tourism & sightseeing

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Menthon Saint Bernard is a pretty village which sits on the edge of Lake Annecy. It is just a few kilometers from the fabulous town of Annecy and is on the sunny side of the lake known as the Rive Plein Soleil.

Exploring Menthon Saint Bernard

Menthon Saint Bernard is a lovely village on the edge of Lake Annecy. Its small port is delightful with its quaint wooden boat stop painted a blue/green colour and views of the lake. A few boats are moored here, a mix of fishing and sailing boats and some boats you can hire.

Lake Annecy is a really beautiful lake, surrounded by mountains and with a few charming villages dotted around its edge, each of which has one of the charming boat-stops. Taking the boat from these boat stops is a lovely way to explore the lake and its lake-side villages.

The lake buses set out from the villages of the Rive Plein Soleil from mid April to mid September.

Near the lakes edge there are quite a number of beautiful houses to admire as you promenade along the lake's edge and around the village. There is a restaurant close to the lake's edge too if you wish to stop and admire the scenery.

Menthon Saint Bernard has a beach which is watched over by a life guard (there is a small fee to pay to use the beach).

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Up above the village commanding a majestic view of the lake is the Chateau of Menthon Saint Bernard. The current castle was built in the 13th century though there was an earlier castle and it was the birth place of Saint Bernard de Menthon who is the patron saint of mountain people.

The castle has been owned by the same family for about a thousand years and whilst it is private it can be visited. Ithas a number of turrets and an overall romantic appearance, so much so that Walt Disney who saw the castle when holidaying nearby used the castle as inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle! Inside the castle there are still many original furnishings and a particularly impressive library.

As well as the castle the nature reserve of the Roc de Chère is nearby and this large rock also offers great views over the lake.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Haute-Savoie guide and the Rhone-Alpes guide.

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Address: Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Annecy-le-Vieux, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, 74290, France || GPS: latitude 45.86, longitude 6.1964

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Roc de Chere: site of natural beauty
  • Lac d'Annecy: site of natural beauty
  • Mont Veyrier: site of natural beauty (5km)
  • Annecy: town of art and history (7km)
  • Gorges du Fier: site of natural beauty (13km)
  • Massif des Bauges: regional natural parc (20km)
  • La Roche-sur-Foron: recommended detour (25km)
  • Col de la Colombière: site of natural beauty (26km)
  • Albertville: town of art and history (26km)
  • Aix-les-Bains: ville fleurie 4* (29km)

The French version of this page is at Menthon Saint Bernard (Francais)