Chambéry is the prefecture of the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France.

It is the capital of the department and has been the historical capital of the Savoy region since the 13th century, when Amadeus V, Count of Savoy, made the city his seat of power. Together with other Alpine towns Chambéry engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Chambéry was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2006.

 Mayor (2020–2026)Thierry Repentin (PS)
Area120.99 km2 (8.10 sq mi)
Population (2017-01-01)58,919
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)


Chambéry was founded at a crossroads of ancient routes through the Dauphiné (Dôfenâ), Burgundy, Switzerland, and Italy, in a wide valley between the Bauges and the Chartreuse Mountains on the Leysse River.

The towns surrounding Chambéry are Barberaz, Bassens, Cognin, Jacob-Bellecombette, La Motte-Servolex, La Ravoire, Saint-Alban-Leysse and Sonnaz. Panorama of Chambéry with Belledonne mountain range at the background.


The Université Savoie-Mont Blanc (a.k.a. Chambéry University) is a university founded in 1979 with one campus in Annecy and two around Chambéry. It has about 15,000 students.

Chambéry is home to a famous engineering graduate school, Arts et Métiers ParisTech (ENSAM), that established an institute of research in 1994. This institute offers doctoral and master programs in the field of mechanical and industrial engineering.

Chambéry is also home to the INSEEC Business School, a French business school which offers Master in Management – Grande école program educational system.

The headquarters of the 
Savoie-Mont-Blanc University in the city center of Chambéry


The hospital Chambery 

The public health establishment is the referent hospital for the health sector in the Rhône-Alpes region. 

With nearly 700 beds and short-stay places and a large geriatric sector (500 beds), it includes the classic disciplines of medicine , surgery and gynecology-obstetrics broken down as follows:

  • Medicine: nephrology , endocrinology , pulmonology , hematology , oncology , infectiology , internal medicine, cardiology , neurology , gastroenterology, pediatrics .
  • Surgery: vascular, thoracic, orthopedics, ENT , ophthalmology , gynecology , obstetrics for high-risk pregnancies, coupled with a neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Technical platform: laboratories, pharmacy , radiology ( MRI , scanner ), radiotherapy, nuclear medicine , operating theaters, sterilization , consultation.

Other health 

The city of Chambéry is the seat, in addition to the hospital center , of many other establishments; the private Médipôle hospital of Challes-les-Eaux, the Hôtel-Dieu and the nursing school, or the Saint Louis du Mont medical-educational institute, the specialized hospital center of Savoie and finally the Foyer départemental de l’Enfance in Montjay.

Main sights

Fontaine des Éléphants

The Fontaine des Éléphants (“Elephants Fountain”) is the most famous landmark in Chambéry. The monumental fountain has strikingly realistic sculptures of the head and forelimbs of four lifesize elephants truncated into the base of a tall column in the shape of the savoyan (savoyarde) cross, topped by a statue of de Boigne.

The Fontaine des Éléphants


  • The Cistercian Abbey of Hautecombe,
  • Saint Francis de Sales officiated at Notre-Dame de Myans
  • The Sisters of St Joseph, an order

Chambéry is also the administrative headquarters of the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie.

Cultural events and festivities 

Carnival parade 2013.Start of the Odyssea race in 2015.

Non-exhaustive list, classified by month, of the main cultural events and festivities in the city of Chambéry:

  • January: New Year’s concert.
  • February: the Nights of the trailer, carnival.
  • March: March in songs, the fortnight of Spanish cinema, the Pharaonic festival (electronic music).
  • May: Chambéry Nature and Environment Film Festival , First novel festival , Odyssea race , Museums Night.
  • June: Cir’cule festival, Lafi-Bala festival (biannual), the Marché des Continents (biannual).
  • July and August: Elephant Festival (First Friday in July, free bi-weekly Summer City concerts, the Estivales du Château, the Chambéry Mondial Festival of World Cultures .
  • September: European Heritage Days, the Bel-Air Musical Meetings, Savoie d’jazz festival, Foire de Savoie.
  • October: Science Festival, International Comic Strip Festival , Lire en Fête, the humor festival, Eskapotes Festival, Savoie Retro Games Festival.
  • November: Chamber’hip hop Festival Session (biannual), International Festival of Mountain Crafts, Fortnight of Italian cinema, the autumnals of the Festival du Premier roman.
  • December: Christmas concert, Christmas market.

The little Chambéry train is a fun and tourist activity that allows you to discover the city. Built in 1987 in Anzin , it was put into service the following year in Grenoble.

The Odyssea race


Chambéry is home to Chambéry Savoie Mont-Blanc Handball, Chambéry SF and to Stade Olympique Chambérien Rugby.


Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux station

Chambéry Airport serves Chambéry in the winter. The Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux station provides rail connections, including a nonstop TGV service to Paris-Gare de Lyon. High-speed rail service also continues east along the Maurienne Valley and through the Fréjus Rail Tunnel to Turin, Italy.

Synchro Bus is the local bus system.

Cycle paths 

The North Green Avenue (on the right) and the footbridge joining the Grand Verger area .

The urban community and the city have developed in a few years a network of cycle paths , intended for home-work journeys and frequented above all for leisure.

Each large avenue has a cycle path between the road and the sidewalk, and two “green avenues” have been set up to connect the city center to Savoie Technolac , site of the Savoie-Mont-Blanc University and to the beach of Mottets via Bourget-du-Lac (“Avenue verte nord”) and the villages of Saint-Jeoire-Prieuré and Myans (“Avenue verte sud”).

But the town has other facilities (tracks and lanes) for cycling in various districts, especially along the axis of the Leysse and beyond towards Boisse and Landiers , or along the avenues of Aix-les- Bains or Lyon. 


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