Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval travel guide

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Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval is a small village - or perhaps a group of hamlets would be a better description - in quite a remote location in the Alps to the east of the Haute-Savoie department, reached from Cluses and to the south of popular ski resorts such as Morzine and Avoriaz.

The village was simply called Sixt until 25 years ago when 'Fer-à-Cheval' was added.

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Classified among the 'most beautiful villages in France' it is the setting and the close proximity of Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval to several exceptional scenic highlights that makes a visit here highly recommended, but you will also enjoy exploring the village.

Facade and tower of the abbey in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval

Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is centred around Sixt Abbey, a small abbey and church dating from the 12th - 15th centuries and in a pleasant waterside setting.You will also see various small chapels and fountains as you explore the small neighbouring hamlets such as L'Echarny and Le Molliet towards the north-east, Le Mont to the west, and Le Fay, Passy and Salvagny to the south.

As you explore the hamlets, the mountains are always in close proximity and a visit should include plenty of time to visit some of the exceptional natural highlights close to Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.

The region falls within the protected natural area called the Natural Reserve of Sixt-Passy (the largest natural reserve in the Haute-Savoie department) and contains an extraordinary range of flora and fauna, as well as scenic spectacles.


The Cirque du Fer à Cheval: a remarkable site with 500 - 700 metres tall cliffs stretching as a great wall in front of you with waterfalls cascading across the rock, and even higher mountain peaks reaching an altitude of 3000 metres behind the cirque.

The Cascade du Rouget is the largest of the cascades although there are other very scenic waterfalls such as the Cascade de la Pleureuse and the Cascade de la Sauffaz (further along the trail that leads to the Cascade du Rouget).

The Gorges des Tines: don't overlook the walk along the Gorges des Tines, which is exceptionally pretty and was very quiet when we visited (although I understand that it becomes impractical after heavy rain...)

Keen and well prepared hikers will also find trails that lead to some of the higher peaks in the area from Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval. Some of these hikes are very challenging so ask for advice at the Park Information centre before setting off in your trainers!


Attractions and activities

Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval forms part of the well established 'Grand Massif' ski area for winter visitors, one of the largest ski areas in the Alps and offering a wide range of challenges, both on-piste and off-piste. Popular ski resorts in the region include Avoriaz, Morzine and Chamonix.

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

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Tourist classifications for Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval

Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)

Address: Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, Samoens, Bonneville, Rhone-Alpes, 74740, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 46.055833, longitude 6.776389

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Cascade du Rouget: site of natural beauty
  • Jardin botanique alpin La Jaÿsinia: remarkable garden (5 km)
  • Cirque de Sixt Fer a Cheval: grand site of france (6 km)
  • Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Lac d'Anterne: site of natural beauty (7 km)
  • Lac Cornu: site of natural beauty (12 km)
  • Le Brévent: site of natural beauty (14 km)
  • Col de Romme: site of natural beauty (16 km)
  • Sallanches: recommended detour (17 km)
  • Montenvers: site of natural beauty (18 km)
  • Roc d'Enfer: site of natural beauty (20 km)
  • Glacier des Bossons: site of natural beauty (21 km)

The French version of this page is at Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval (Francais)