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Chambéry - Le Bourget du Lac

Distance 11.2km
Time 3h
+ 28m
- 69m


The Bourget Lake, sometimes known as the Aix Lake or the Gray Lake, is a post-glacial lake in the Jura massif. It was created after the last Würm Glaciation, approximately 19,000 years ago, when the quaternary Alpine glacier receded. It is the largest natural glacial lake in France (excepti for the Léman Lake, which is partly located in Switzerland).
The Bourget Lake presents several examples of "lakeside settlements" from the Neolithic Period and the Bronze Age. Although some of these settlements have been known since 1856, others were only recently discovered by the Department of Sub-Aquatic Archeological and Sub-Marine Research (Ministry of Culture). An entire room at the Savoie Museum in Chambéry is dedicated to Bronze Age artisans from around the Bourget Lake.
During Roman times, the lake was an important shipping route. A village was constructed at the mouth of the Leysse River where it joins the Lake. The Bourget-du-Lac was first a port for merchants and travelers. This port, and the connection to the Rhône River, led to the development of river trade.
In 1030, Odilon, Abbot of Cluny, ordered the construction of six Priories whose splendid architectures can still be visited to this day. The Saint-Laurent Church, with its Priory and Gardens, are protected historical buildings. In 1248, Thomas II ordered the construction of a castle overlooking the reed beds at southern end of the lake. The castle is currently under renovation.
The lake was initially known as the Châtillon Lake due to the Chautagne Castle which controlled the shipping route towards Lyon. The name of Bourget Lake was only used starting in the eighth century.
The Savières Canal is a small waterway that runs between the Bourget Lake and the Rhône. It was used as a shipping lane starting in the Neolithic period and was the main route between France and Savoie. In the 19th century, it was canalized in order to facilitate navigation.
It is one of the rare waterways in Europe where the water flow can reverse completely depending on rises in the Rhône River. In such cases, the water level of the Bourget Lake can rise several meters as the water from the Rhône is added to the lake’s natural water flows.
For most Huguenots, excepting those who left France to the west or lived next to the coastline, their exile (after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes) included a march of several hundred, or even thousand, kilometers. Few owned donkeys or horses on which they could haul their belongings. Thus the navigable waterways played a key role in this exile. Refugees who had the means to, hired barks whenever their path followed a lake or other navigable waterway such as the Bourget Lake, the Léman Lake, the Neuchâtel Lake, the Morat Lake, or the Rhône.
The Savières Canal allowed refugees to use a bark from the port of the Bourget Lake all the way to northern Chautagne. 
Château  - C. Baudot Lac du Bourget - Office du tourisme du Bourget-du-Lac  - M. Bouron – CEN Savoie pour MB Thomas Le-Bourget-du-Lac - C. Baudot Prieuré - C. Baudot

Tourist information

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Le Château de Thomas II et son marais    Le Bourget-du-Lac


The Château is a residential building to the South of the lake, whose construction began in 1248, under the direction of Thomas II de Savoie. In 2012, one of its towers was turned into a museum, recounting the history of the marshlands by the Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels Savoie.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

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Festival les Classiques du Prieuré    Le Bourget-du-Lac


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Botanical Trail Lookout    Le Bourget-du-Lac


Lookout with a view of the Lac du Bourget, accessible via the Relais route.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

The Château de Thomas II and its Marshlands    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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The Château is a residential building to the South of the lake, whose construction began in 1248, under the direction of Thomas II de Savoie. In 2012, one of its towers was turned into a museum, recounting the history of the marshlands by the Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels Savoie.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

The Priory and its Formal French Garden    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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This Cluniac Priory founded in the 11th century consists of a Gothic church, a Romanesque crypt and monastic buildings and gardens arranged around a long avenue. Guided tours only.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

The Molard Noir    Le Bourget-du-Lac


On this hour-long walk from the Mont-du-Chat lookout, enjoy stunning views over the Dent du Chat and the Lac du Bourget, and admire the countryside with the orientation table.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Mont du Chat Belvedere    Le Bourget-du-Lac


A breathtaking panoramic view of Lac du Bourget from this lookout and its orientation table.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Chapelle de la Roche St Alban    Le Bourget-du-Lac

chapelle de la roche St Alban

A charming little chapel in the hamlet of Roche St Alban.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

La Serraz Oven    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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Charming bread oven

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Church of Saint Laurent    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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Behind an unassuming façade, this church is full of treasures, such as the crypt and the rood screen.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Pierre Nioule Lookout    Le Bourget-du-Lac


Lookout over the Lac du Bourget, accessible via a hiking trail of the same name.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Lac du Bourget Observatory    Le Bourget-du-Lac


This conservation area situated on the southern shores of the Lac du Bourget is a shelter for numerous plants and animals of the wetlands. Two observatories enable you explore this unusual environment. Access is restricted by the FRAPNA (Federation of Associations for the Protection of Nature in the Rhône-Alpes Region) .

Téléphone : 04 79 85 31 79

Croix du Signal Lookout    Le Bourget-du-Lac


A beautiful lookout over the Lac du Bourget and the Avant Pays Savoyard – accessible only on foot.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Egret Pond Observatory    Le Bourget-du-Lac


On the banks of the Lac du Bourget, towards the South, a nature reserve shelters numerous plants and animals of the wetlands. Two observatories enable you to explore this unusual environment. Access to the Egret Pond Observatory is free.

Téléphone : 04 79 85 31 79

Timonières Oven    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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Charming, small bread oven.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Grand Caton Oven    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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Extremely well-preserved bread oven.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Cachouds Oven    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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Authentic bread oven

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Gardens of the Priory    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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Magnificent English-style and French-style gardens.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Revet Oven    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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Charming bread oven

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00


Posté par Christiane Fernandez le 07/06/2019 :

 Pour le bus A il s'arrête à Technolac et ne va plus au Bourget du lac.  Autrement bus 173 Chambéry gare via Belley arrêt au Bourget du lac mairie,  sauf dimanche et jours fériés. 

Posté par Posté par Luc Rousset le 09/09/2017 le 09/09/2017 :

Petite info de riverains qui mon motivité (chemin (voie verte Nord Chambéry)  à proximité de routes et pas de balisage) à faire cette étape en uilisant le bus Ligne A (arrêt à gauche en sortant de la gare) pour rejoindre Le Bourget du Lac pour 1,40€.

Posté par Isabelle Charest le 23/05/2017 :

Nous nous sommes arreté au gite '' La douceur de vivre''. recommandé par le ''petit futé 2017'' Petite chambre proprette, entrée commune et sale de bain partagée. Mais la table d'hote était succulente et les proprietaires cordiale et ouvert sur le monde et les gens qui l'habite. Nous avons eu une belle conversion au diner et Serge n'a pas heister a nous faire visité leur four a pain et a nous presenté a sa communauté avant notre départ le lendemain.


Tourist Offices

Aix-les-Bains Riviera des Alpes Tourism Office/Bourget-du-Lac Reception Office    Tourism institutionsLe Bourget-du-Lac

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Come and discover Aix-les-Bains Riviera des Alpes owing to to the advice of our expert staff !

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

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Other Accommodations

Chenevier    Bed & breakfastLa Motte-Servolex


We will be happy to welcome you to this room situated in the wing of our house with a private car park. This is a quiet place, easy to find, only a few kilometres from the motorway between the towns of Chambéry and Aix-Les-Bains.

Téléphone : 06 86 89 97 29

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Ile aux Cygnes International Campsite    CampsiteLe Bourget-du-Lac


This 3-star international campsite on the lakefront with a private beach and harbour. Option of online booking via Résanet. Lots of sports and leisure activities nearby (watersports, tennis, beach, cycling paths, etc.).

Téléphone : 04 79 25 01 76

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Beaurivage Hotel    Hotel - restaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac


On the lakeshore, enjoy a seat on the terrace with shadow. The hotel has 4 bedrooms with view on the lake. English spoken

Téléphone : 04 79 25 00 38

Campervan reception/service area    Camper van service/reception areaLe Bourget-du-Lac


Reception/service area entirely reserved for campervans. With 29 pitches, it also offers a service wall: wastewater drainage and drinking water refills, but no electrical connections; adjacent to the Ile aux Cygnes Campsite.

Téléphone : 04 79 25 01 76

Atmosphères Hotel    Hotel - restaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac


The Atmosphères Hotel is a culinary inn for modern times: Alain and Delphine offer you a zen welcome, cuisine with a personal touch and a wine list centred on local Savoy wines. Four modern bedrooms with a view of the lake or the natural surroundings complete the welcome.

Téléphone : 04 79 25 01 29

Savoy Hotel    Hotel - restaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac


Enjoy a quiet, warm and family atmosphere in a special setting by the lake and mountains, and at the edge of the largest natural lake in France. The hotel is situated close to Savoie Technolac (less than 1 km). Lovingly prepared creative cuisine by our new chef.

Téléphone : 04 79 26 40 00

Fasthôtel    Hotel - restaurantLa Motte-Servolex


Hotel located in a shopping area, 5 mn from Lake Bourget, on the banks of the River Leysse and its cycling path, and 5 mn from the Exhibition Centre and the Phare. Landiers Nord exit in the direction of the airport. Steakhouse and pizzeria with a seating capacity of 60.

Téléphone : 04 79 69 68 68


Minigolf    Le Bourget-du-Lac

minigolf terrasse

Sandwiches and salads prepared on the spot, facing the beach. Eat in or take out.

Téléphone : 04 79 25 27 50

Chez Henry    RestaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac


Bistro-type restaurant with seating for 18. Home cooking is our specialty.

Téléphone : 09 83 01 07 90

Nostrum    RestaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac


Nostrum, a fast food outlet at the Savoy Technolac for a quick lunch "just like at home", to eat in or to take with you on a stroll along the lakeshore.

Téléphone : 04 79 79 34 69

Le 6C    RestaurantLa Motte-Servolex


Le Chat Toqué    RestaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac


Bistro-style cuisine and "homemade" pastries, with an exotic touch.

Téléphone : 04 79 68 93 67

Pizzeria Pepone    RestaurantLa Motte-Servolex

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In a nice setting with 2 large terraces, Pepone offers regional products selected for a pizza in all its forms. But also meats, fish and generous salads, all homemade with fresh products.

Téléphone : 04 79 65 28 21

Atmosphères    Hotel-RestaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac

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Contemporary gourmet cuisine (awarded 1 star in the 2019 Michelin Guide), restaurant with modern decor in an intimate setting. Panoramic view of Lake Bourget and the surrounding mountains.

Téléphone : 04 79 25 01 29

Restaurant du Port    RestaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac

Le port vue bateaux

Right on the edge of the lake, you can enjoy local specialties: lake fish, fried food and frogs' legs. Fresh, homemade cuisine since 1900.

Téléphone : 04 79 25 00 21

Beaurivage    Hotel-RestaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac

Beaurivage Bourget-du-lac

Hotel-restaurant overlooking the lake. Beautiful shady terrace on the lakeshore. Quality restaurant recognized by the Culinary College of France

Téléphone : 04 79 25 00 38

La Queue de Cochon    RestaurantLa Motte-Servolex

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Located midway between the town and the country, our chef has opened his restaurant far from the madding crowd, and offering tasteful cuisine, in the traditions of French gastronomy. A warm setting for your business or family meals.

Téléphone : 04 79 25 49 16

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Le Savoy    Hotel-RestaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac

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Fried little perchs, frogs’ legs … And a beautiful lake view (on top of feeling genuinely French). English & Spanish spoken

Téléphone : 04 79 26 40 00

Le Calypso    RestaurantLe Bourget-du-Lac

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Friendly restaurant located opposite the lake, with traditional cuisine and Savoy specialties (tartiflette, fondue) as well as frogs' legs and fried food.

Téléphone : 04 79 25 00 08

Charpignat Refreshment Bar    Le Bourget-du-Lac

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With your feet in the water next to the Marina Office, take the time to enjoy an ice cream, a sandwich, hot "panini" sandwiches, homemade hamburgers and pizzas...

Other Services

Allo JC Taxi    ServicesLe Bourget-du-Lac


Jean-Claude welcomes you aboard his taxi!

Téléphone : 06 30 29 03 89

Chris Taxi    ServicesLe Bourget-du-Lac

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Taxi seats up to 6 people. Transportation over all distances. Transportation of seated patients.

Téléphone : 06 58 88 92 48

Taxis Rousselin    ServicesLa Motte-Servolex

Prieuré Pharmacy    ServicesLe Bourget-du-Lac



Téléphone : 04 79 25 00 04

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