Briançon is Europe's highest city, a fairytale place only accessible by those brave enough to travel the hairpin shaped roads teetering around glaciers, sheer cliffs and peaks, and as the temperature warms, thundering waterfalls. After that drive you'll be relieved to check into one of the best places to stay in Briançon!
Briançon is worth the risky-drive though, the old town within its beautiful walls, built in the 17th Century to protect it from the Austrians, is surrounded by spectacular scenery. This is the ski resort to come to if you want thrilling runs in the mornings, then a run through history in the afternoons. There's even a ski-in ski-out museum installation telling the story of this city and the men who made it great.
Sebastian de Vauban is the main man when it came to shaping the appearance of Briançon. Renowned as one of the greatest military engineers of his time, he's responsible for the star shaped fortifications and the surrounding forts. And these Heritage Listed gems are what make Briançon more than just one of the largest towns in the Serre Chevalier Valley ski area.
At the very top of Briançon is the Fort du Chateau, which also affords more of those wonderful alpine views.
As well as its own charms Briançon does still share those of the rest of the Serre Chevalier Valley: 155 miles of piste, an average of 300 sunny days a year and 565 snow cannons in case it's too sunny. This region is great for all levels of skiers, but the majority of the runs are long blues and reds.
It is actually possible to arrive in Briançon by train, there's a night train from Paris, or TGV from Lyon. But you'd be really missing out on the views from the car or bus...
Just minutes from the slopes, and from the thermal baths at Le Monetier les bains, the Auberge du Choucas is a traditional, 17th Century built auberge, with a gastronomic restaurant with an excellent reputation.
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A cosy hotel set within a National Park. Rooms are full of character with wooden panel walls, beams and alpine furnishings. A terrace to enjoy spectacular views, superb regional dishes, and minutes from ski lifts and walking routes. Family friendly, great value, and lots to do in the mountains.