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> Menthon-St-BernardMenthon-Saint-Bernard and his surroundings

  • The village

Altitude : 482 m. - 1700 habitants
High place of  history with his medieval castel, Menthon-Saint-Bernard welcomes you in his village where it feels good to be alive and in his lovely hamlets. The village was also favoured by th authors, André Gide and d'Hippolyte Taine.



  • The castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard

Le château de MenthonStill inhabitedby the same family since the 12th century, the castle of Menthon was the birthplace of the legendary St Bernard de Menthon, patron saint of all Alpine mountaineers. Built between the 12th and 19th centuries, and still preserving many of its original furnishings and period interiors, the castle commands a magnificent view over Lake Annecy. In addition to its great library, discover how this medieval fortress was transformed into a splendid 19th century castle. On week-ends and public holidays visits are animated by actors in period costume.


=> The castles is open to visitors from the 1th may untill the 30th of september.


* May-Juna: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidayss from 2 pm to 6 pm
July - August: everyday from 12 am à 6 pm
* September:
Friday, Saturday, Sundaye from 2 pm to 6 pm


  • Pictures of the area

the  lake

The castle
of Menthon


Annecy, the
old town


Annecy, the park
of the Impérial

Talloires, "le Roc
de Chere"

The lake, sight
 from the chalet

the golf

Le port de

Menthon, aire
d'arrivée (parapentes)

La plage de

le Pâquier

Annecy, le palais
de l'Isle

La Clusaz,
luge d'été

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  • Annecy, ville fleurie - 4 fleurs   -

Altitude 448 m. - 50 000 inhabitants -.
Annecy, the capital of Haute-Savoie, consists of a unique site thanks to the aesthetic quality of the landscape. For more than 30 years the bordering communities of the lake have safeguarded the natural inheritance against any urban or industrial pollution. In winter like summer, visitors can benefit from all of the possible sporting and cultural events. The pure water of the Lake crosses the Old City by through picturesque channels with flowered banks.
Throughout the year, many conferences and international seminars are held in Annecy thanks to the facilities available at the prestigious Imperial De-Luxe Hotel located in splendid parkland area adjacent to the edge of lakes waters.


  • Adventure forest - Talloires -

At an altitude of 1000 meters, close to the paragliding launch pad of Planfait, you can benefit from an unique view of the lake of Annecy. It's the place to spend unforgettable fun times with your family and your friends.
"La forêt de l'aventure" : 2h30 course for adults and young people (minimum height : 1,40m), lasting : 2h30.
"La petite forêt de l'aventure" : 1 h course minimum age : 5 years (height : 1,10 m => 1,40m)

La Forêt de l'aventure
Planfait - BP 5 - 74290 Talloires
Tel : +33 (0)6 07 56 90 58
Website :
e-mail :

  • Menthon-Saint-Bernard / Talloires golf

9 kilometers from Annecy, between Menthon-Saint-Bernard and Talloires, (the local region) the Golf of the Annecy Lake occupies a very privileged location. The course develops on the marvellous site of the “Rock de Chère”, being protected green zone and natural reserves. The area dominates Europes purest lake and France’s 2nd largest, and is surrounded by mountains.  Each hole being undulating and wooded, makes it possible to enjoy superb panoramas, but remains challenging as the game should be.

Address :

Golf de Menthon St Bernard / Talloires - lac d'Annecy - Route du Golf, 74290 TALLOIRES

Le golf de Menthon

Telephone :

+33 (0)4 50 60 12 89

Fax :

+33 (0)4 50 60 08 80

E-mail :


Website :

  • Angon waterfall - Talloires -

La cascade d'Angon


This walk close to Annecy can be done in less than two hours.From Annecy, after having crossed the by-pass Talloires, you will find to a few hundred meters a road on the left to the village of Angon. Still 300m before discovering a path in the underwood. A dustbin and an inscription in red (blade) mark the starting point. The walk up is pleasant, in 1 hour you should discover the site of the cascade of Angon. Take time to observe the sight over the Lake of Annecy and its bank Western with the castle of Duingt. If you are bolder, will know that this cascade is also a traditional site of canyoning.

=> www.talloires.fr




  • Paragliding areas

The area of Menthon-Saint-Bernard offers excellent conditions and a marvellous framework for paragliding. There are four takeoff sites around the lake :

> Montmin

  • Direction : North-West.
  • Access : road of « le col de la Forclaz » and chemin carrossable.
  • Altitude : 1450m.
  • Flying conditions : Flight on the imposing site of the Annecy Lake.
  • Very beautiful site. Take-off area covered with a plastic carpet.
  • Dangers and difficulties : Best to enquire locally.


> Planfait

  • Direction : West, South-West.
  • Access: from Talloires direction « Col de la Forclaz », at the village Verel turn left and follow the signs "Forêt Aventure".
  • Altitude : 950m.
  • Flying conditions: Easy takeoff other than through winds. Surface covered with a plastic carpet. Thermal flight, takeoff is crosswind.
  • Dangers and difficulties: Best to enquire locally.

Paragliding over Annecy lake

> Perroix

  •  Direction : North.
  • Access: along D 909 upstream of Talloires.
  • Altitude : 463m.
  • Flying conditions: Best to enquire locally.
  • GPS : Lat.: 45° 50' 57'' North - Long.: 06° 10' 60" East.


  • La Clusaz - only 24 km from Menthon-Saint-Bernard -

La ClusazLa ClusazThe summer in the Aravis mountains is a spectacular show you really must not miss. At La Clusaz you will be in the front row. Five mountain ranges fill the sky inviting you up to their summits.
Explore nature in all its forms: zoom across the Alpine meadows on your mountain bike, walk along under the mischievous eye of chamois, fly alongside the Gypaetus on your para-glider, have a taste of the thrills of climbing on the via ferrata…
And when you come back from your adventures, it will be to a real mountain village, faithful to its past, but more alive than ever.


=> Website : www.laclusaz.com


  • Activités nautiques sur le lac d'Annecy

With a 14,6 km length and a maximum width of 3,1 km the Annecy Lake offers all the conditions that are ideal for water sports. The lake being mainly North-South, northerly winds facilitate sports such as the fun-board or the kite-surf. Predominantly, a light breeze from West is just nice for other traditional sailing sports. The S.R.V.A (Annecy’s company of the regattas) organizes courses of veil and windsurfing for the adults or the children=> www.srva.inf

Funboard in Menthon-Saint-BernardOther water activities for you to enjoy: Swimming, snorkelling & diving, sailing (pleasure and tourism), motonautism, rowing, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking etc.

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