A Plethora of Discoveries
Abondance offers a multitude of discoveries thanks to its Savoyard culture, religious heritage and traditional farming. Visits and attractions are proposed throughout the year. The main cultural venues in the village are the Abondance Abbey and the Maison du Fromage Abondance.
The Notre-Dame AbbeyFor more information about the Abbey
Built in the 12th century, the Abbey made its mark on the history of Abondance village and shaped the lives of its inhabitants. Situated in the centre of the village at the heart of the Chablais massif, between Lake Geneva and the Swiss border, in 1875 this treasure became the first Savoyard building to be classified as a historic monument. Its abbey, remarkable cloister and convent buildings make the Abbey a centerpiece of the Pays d’art et d’histoire pays d’Evian – vallée d’Abondance.
The Notre Dame Abbey is still magnificently preserved and reveals the power of its Gothic mountain architecture along with its superb artistic treasures within.
The Abbey’s staff has the pleasure of putting on numerous activities and events that enable you to discover all the riches of this site.
La Maison du Fromage AbondanceFor more information about La Maison du Fromage
La Maison du Fromage Abondance groups three activities in the same place: a cheese maturing cooperative, an Abondance cheese information centre, and a shop selling local produce.
During a fun, scientific, and sensorial visit, discover all the peculiarities of this valley’s iconic cheese. From cows grazing in the meadows, pastures carrying the sweet odours of maturing cheese, to the cheese’s manufacturing stages: Abondance cheese will reveal all its secrets!
The Pays d'Evian Vallée d'Abondance Cultural Sites
Discover the many treasures from yesteryear and the present day in the Pays d’Evian Vallée d’Abondance, Pays d’Art et d’Histoire.
St Laurent church
Unguided group tours, Unguided individual tours
At first, a chapel was founded in 1438 on this place, when it was depending of La Chapelle d'Abondance. Châtel became a parish in 1643. A parish church was built in 1662, and was extended in 1848 so as to be large enough for the population and the first tourists. To...
Museum of old-style skiing
Guided group tours
An old farm built in 1783 houses this museum, providing visitors with an insight into the location’s fascinating history: farmhouse interior, from stable to kitchen including a display of everyday objects and a collection of old skis dating from 1900.
The Pré Curieux water gardens
Pets welcome, Guided individual tours, Guided group tours
This lakeside garden is located at the western entrance to Evian. A wetland research and information centre, it presents - via an exhibition and a discovery trail through the park - the various watery ecosystems: ponds, mountain streams, marshes...
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