Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is classified among France's Most Beautiful Villages thanks to its architectural heritage and above all thanks to its natural sites, which have been labelled by the likes of the Grand Sites of France:
- The Cirque Fer à Cheval
- Its waterfalls
- The Tines gorges
- Its pastures and summits
The village's area includes 24 hamlets spread throughout an area of nearly 12,000 hectares. The best known include Le Mont, Passy, Salvagny, Le Fay, Hauterive, Le Molliet and Le Frenalay, and the majority of them hold treasures accumulated throughout a long and rich history.
As far as architecture goes, the village's 9 chapels, 53 oratories, crosses, fountains and sculpted doors are testament to the work of the Haut Giffre stone cutters who used to work with the "Noir de Sixt Fer à Cheval", a very dark and tough limestone still used in the area today.
The village is also renowned for the wide variety of outdoor activities it offers all year round.
Sixt's skiable area is linked to the Grand Massif area via the Piste des Cascades (waterfalls), a 14 km trail. As the fourth skiable domain in France, the Grand Massif includes the Flaine, Samoëns, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt resorts. Culminating at an altitude of 2,500 meters, the area faces Mont Blanc. Between alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding and more, there are activities for all ages and tastes!
In the summertime, hikers can explore the Haute-Savoie natural reserve and admire the area's diverse flora and fauna and a varied landscape that includes forest, meadows, wetlands, glaciers and more.
Not to be missed
- The Cirque Fer à Cheval: as the largest cirque in the Alpine mountains, the cliffs of this gigantic limestone ampithatre reach up to 500-700 meters in altitude.
- Its waterfalls: the Rouget, Sauffaz and Pleureuse waterfalls are the best-known in the village, but there are plenty more to discover throughout its area.
- The Tines gorges: this classified site sits just at the village's gates. The gorges can be explored from a bridge that leads you to the "Tines rock."
In the surrounding area
- Avoriaz: Skiing in Avoriaz (and the entire Portes du Soleil area) offers stunning views thanks to its a beautiful setting.
- Chamonix: Best known as the home of Mont Blanc (the tallest mountain in France), Chamonix offers a wide variety of activities in any season.
- La Jaÿsinia Alpine garden: classified as a "remarkable garden."
- Megève airport (18 km away)
- Annecy Mont Blanc airport (53 km away)
By train: Bus service to Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval from the SNCF stations at Cluses (26 km away), Annemasse (49 km away) and Geneva (61 km away).
- Highway A40 > Exit 18 (Cluses-Scionzier)
- Follow Samoëns- at Châtillon-sur-Cluses, continue on to Morillon and then Sixt Fer à Cheval.
Sixt Fer à Cheval tourism office
Place de la Gare
74740 Sixt Fer à Cheval
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 34 49 36