Saint-Gervais village in winter
©Boris Molinier

Discover Our cultural routes

Discover the soul of Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc with these three exceptional cultural itineraries.

Whether you’re passionate about history, art or in search of an enriching spiritual experience, our loops promise unique and memorable moments of discovery. Each route is designed to satisfy your thirst for knowledge and awaken your senses.

Prepare yourself for a captivating cultural adventure in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc. Explore our cultural heritage, admire art in all its forms and be enchanted by the beauty and diversity of our region. We look forward to providing you with an unforgettable experience in the heart of the French Alps!


Loop of old fortified houses Saint-Gervais discovery tour

Saint-Gervais is one of the few communes in Haute-Savoie to have preserved so many fortified houses around its village, either intact or with significant remains. Take a stroll and discover the history of these buildings and the families who lived in them, and immerse yourself in the life of this valley! Situated on a route linking the Arve valley, the Beaufortain and the Tarentaise, the town of Saint-Gervais has occupied a strategic position since medieval times.

As a place of traffic and exchange, allowing economic and political control, the lords’ strongholds were organized around the Bonnant gorges and their passage. Concentrated around the village, these buildings are brimming with unexpected stories: lords, counts and the great families of Savoy may have lived here. As you stroll through the village, you’ll find information panels to help you learn more about each of the buildings.

Urban art trail Contemporary art at the foot of Mont Blanc

The commune of Saint-Gervais is decompartmentalizing places dedicated to art and taking the risky gamble of placing artworks where you wouldn’t expect them, creating an unprecedented urban and contemporary art trail! In 2017, the unique project of integrating works of art into the downtown parking lot of the commune of Saint-Gervais was born. With curator Hugues Chevallier, the 11 invited artists, the team of volunteers, and the many patrons who have supported this project from the outset, this unprecedented urban art platform, 2KM3 Saint-Gervais contemporary art plateform, was born.

For lovers of contemporary art, the Parcours d’Art Urbain is a must-see. Let yourself be surprised by the transformation of streets into open-air art galleries. On this unusual route, you’ll discover works by local and international artists who have chosen Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc as their canvas for expression. Discover the city’s walls and nooks and crannies, filled with striking murals, modern sculptures and ephemeral installations. Come and stroll through a creative universe that never ceases to renew itself, and let yourself be seduced by the diversity of styles and messages conveyed by these urban creations.

Discover Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc's colorful pedestrian crossings
Discover Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc's colorful pedestrian crossings
Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc : art urbain et streetart au pied du Mont-Blanc

Baroque curls 6 play courses

Want to discover with your family the treasures of Baroque architecture and the natural heritage of Saint-Nicolas de Véroce?
With your game book in hand, unravel some of the mysteries of Baroque architecture by solving riddles and deduction games.

Equipped with your “Un rêve à la mesure” game bag, follow the signposted “Petites Boucles Baroques” trail starting from the Saint-Nicolas Tourist Office parking lot.

On the heights of Saint-Nicolas, take a path through the forest and some pretty mountain hamlets, and set off in the company of Herminie, a young 18th-century architect, in search of the plans for an ideal chapel, to learn more about the Baroque period and its unsuspected riches. If you succeed in meeting the challenges and solving the riddles these will give you access to the final chest!

To purchase your game bag, visit several sales outlets: at La Cure, the Saint-Gervais or Saint-Nicolas de Véroce Tourist Offices or the Musée d’art Sacré, don’t forget your hiking gear to follow this trail.

And continue the adventure in five other communes of the Pays du Mont-Blanc: Les Contamines Montjoie, Cordon, Passy, Praz-sur-Arly, Combloux and Saint-Gervais, where other fun walking trails have been created to explore Baroque assets, with the creation of investigation notebooks, comic books, exploration games… Visit the local Tourist Offices to find out more.

The Baroque Trail immersion in sacred art

At the heart of the majestic scenery of Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc, the Sentier du Baroque offers a unique immersion in the sacred art of the French Alps. This hike takes you to discover three remarkable chapels: Saint-Nicolas, la Combe, and les 3 Chapelles. On this picturesque trail, you’ll marvel at the splendor of the Baroque buildings and the richness of their interior decor.

Each chapel tells a singular story and invites you on a journey back in time to an era when religious art was a universal language expressing fervor and devotion. The Baroque Trail also offers breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains, creating a communion between the beauty of nature and the grandeur of sacred art.

As you hike along, take time to soak up the peaceful, spiritual atmosphere that reigns in these places steeped in history. The Baroque Trail is an invitation to contemplation, reflection and the discovery of a cultural heritage preserved with passion.