The Swiss town of Martigny by the Rhone river is well worth a visit. It is magnificiently placed in an open Valley surrounded by terraced vineyards.
To get there from Chamonix either take the train, the panoramic Mount Blanc Express, or go by car over the Col des Montets and the Col de La Forclaz.
One of Martigny's major attractions is the Pierre Gianadda Foundation.
Labyrinthe of Adventures
An amazing maze full of hidden suprises, obstacles and challenges.
Everyday from 9:30am to 7pm (10am to 5pm in October)
Location (0km from Martigny (in the Lausanne direction) 3km from St. Maurice):
CH-1902, Evionnaz 1
+41 27 767 14 14
Switzerland biggest theme park. Free parking.
10am to 6pm
From the last Saturday in March to 1st November.
Adult (15) - 25 CHF
Child (4) - 22 CHF
Between Sion and Sierre
+ 41 27 458 34 25
Walks around Dorénaz
If the weather's not so good in Chamonix, Dorénaz offers some nice walks.
Although this is just over the boarder in Switzerland, about 55 minutes by car from Chamonix, the weather can be quite different.
Les Bains de Saillon
For those bad weather days, or just to relax, visit the thermal baths of Saillon. 4 thermal pools, fitness areas, beauty salons, saunas, jacuzzi's and more.
The thermal baths complex is situated only 45mins from Chamonix towards the town of Sion, Switzerland.