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Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.The region covers an area of more than 69711km2, making it the third largest in metropolitan France, with a population of 7,695,264, second only to Île-de-France.ToponymyThe text of the territorial reform law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names would be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.The interim name of the new administrative region was a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic region of Auvergne, the river Rhône, and the French Alps. The same name has been chosen as the definitive name, which was officialized by the Conseil d'État on 28 September 2016.GeographyThe region borders Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the south, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Valais and Vaud) and Italy (Aosta Valley and Piedmont) to the northeast and east.
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Places to visit in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

Lyon Trip planner BEST FOR: Architectural Building, Specialty Museum, Park Chamonix Trip planner BEST FOR: Mountain, Parasailing / Paragliding, Outdoor Activity Grenoble Trip planner BEST FOR: Room Escape Game, History Museum, Karaoke Bar Val Thorens Trip planner BEST FOR: Ski Area, Outdoor Activity, Nightlife Meribel Trip planner BEST FOR: Ski Area, Cross-country Ski Area, Water Body

Popular things to do in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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Mountain
Aiguille du Midi Chamonix
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Duration: 3 hours
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World heritage site
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere Lyon
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Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Parc de la Tete d'Or Lyon
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Musee de Grenoble Grenoble
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding Chamonix
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Mountain
Vallee Blanche Chamonix
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy Saint-Nectaire
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Lookout
Aiguille Rouge Les Arcs
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Winter Sports in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

Ski Area
Ski Cool Val Thorens
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Ski Area
Oxygene Ski School La Plagne Macot-la-Plagne
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Ski Area
Prosneige Val Thorens
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Ski Area
Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere Val d'Isere
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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Water Body
Lake Annecy Annecy
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Duration: 3h 30 min
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Mountain
Brevent Cable Car Chamonix
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Mountain
Aiguille des Grands Montets Chamonix
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Lac Blanc Chamonix
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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Art Museum
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon Lyon
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Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Musee Miniature et Cinema Lyon
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Musee des Confluences Lyon
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Crystal Museum Chamonix
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Walking tour
LyonExplorer Free Walking Tour & Private Guide Lyon
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Musee Europeen de l'Aviation de Chasse Montelimar
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Hotel de la Dentelle Brioude
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
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Lesson / Workshop
Soierie Vivante - Atelier Municipal de Passementerie Lyon
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min