an escape between Leman Lake and Mont Blanc

Cluses, at the crossroads of internationally renowned tourist sites

At the foot of the most beautiful massifs of the North Alps, less than one hour from Geneva and Leman Lake, Italy, Chamonix Mont-Blanc and Annecy, Cluses enjoys a privileged geographical position. From Cluses, you can also discover the legendary “Route des Grandes Alpes,” the most beautiful route from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean over the highest alpine passes.

Cluses, center of the Arve Valley


Between beautiful landscapes and a vibrant international economy, Cluses, former capital of Faucigny, is, by virtue of its services and quality infrastructure, the main city of the Arve Valley.

Cluses, life in the mountains


Cluses offers all the advantages of a dynamic city and all the benefits of majestic mountains and natural areas. Nature lovers will be seduced by the grand panorama and sports lovers will delight in the large number of outdoor activities: hiking, water sports, mountain climbing, fishing, parasailing, swimming …

In winter, your dreams will come true thanks to the many snow activities near Cluses! Ski down the famous Grand Massif and discover with your family all the winter pleasures in the villages of the Faucigny! For a more unusual winter, discover ice driving in Flaine, ice climbing, and night-time snowshoeing in Sixt-fer-à-cheval, or learn how to drive a dogsled or sleep in an igloo !

Cluses, at the heart of year-round happenings

Thanks to its rich culture, the heart of the city beats all year long to the rhythm of exhibitions, concerts, theatre, poetry, media arts, film, traditional events… Don’t miss the two main annual events: Musiques en Stock (early July), the free pop-rock festival, and Esperluette, the book fair (end of November)!

Cluses, a heritage of clock-making

The historic birthplace of clocks and watches, Cluses offers a cultural and industrial inheritance based on clock-making… Since the Middle Ages, Cluses has developed exceptional know-how inherited by today’s high-precision industry. The city centre offers old buildings of architectural and historic significance!

With the Faucigny, rediscover the Haute Savoie…

Cluses is part of the Faucigny, a territory that today includes 29 communes spread out all along the Arve valley to the Haut Giffre mountains. Come experience the authentic agricultural and traditional products: Ayze wine, Magland sausages and the not-to-be-missed reblochon. Preserved sites, historical monuments, nature reserves… The Faucigny is full of incredible places to discover!

Cluses in figures

County town of the judicial district
Altitude : 485 meters
Area : 1 045 hectares
Population : 18.126 residents
(from French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies 1999 figures)

Flowered city : 3 flowers ***

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Three websites to discover…

Musiques en Stock Festival
Esperluette, the Cluses book fair
The Museum of Clock-Making and Bar-Turning

Strengthening links between Cluses and

Trossingen (Allemagne)

© Crédits photos :
Cluses Images Numériques
Anthony Roux
Cluses, an escape between Leman Lake and Mont Blanc
Cluses Communication Office