The ski lifts are closed until the snow returns; the village is much quieter than in high tourist season, but autumn is the perfect time to rediscover it from another angle and at a more relaxed pace. Take time to stroll through the village and observe the charming details of its alleys; go for a heritage visit or take the opportunity to discover other activities. We have listed a few ideas to make it easier for you ...
Places to Visit in Morzine and its surroundingsThe Church of Sainte Marie Madeleine, located in the historic heart of the village, is worth a detour with its bulbous bell tower, its undulating baroque facade and its neoclassical interior. If you decide to open the doors of this church, you will see frescoes by Laurent Baud, a local painter.
La Battante, very close to the entrance to the Parc des Dérêches, opposite the Aquatic Center, is a historical reconstruction of an old swing sawmill which produced planks and beams in the 19th century, thanks to the driving force of the water. The site is open all year round and free to visit.
The Morzine cheese dairy is one of the resort's must-see places, as it showcases genuine local know-how. Every Wednesday morning, from 9 a.m. (by appointment for groups), the cheese-making site is open to the public and you can attend a guided tour. You can also decide to make a free visit every day between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The site is open all year round and the visit is free.
Information and reservations on +33(0)4 50 79 12 39.
The Morzine Market is one of the favourite weekly gatherings for locals and, once you are there, you will understand why. Local producers and merchants await you on the Post Office square every Wednesday morning.
If you miss the Morzine market, you can still go to the Les Gets market the next day, or on Saturday mornings there’s a market in Saint-Jean d'Aulps.
The Museum of Mechanical Music in Les Gets . Let's leave Morzine to visit Les Gets, where the Museum of Mechanical Music is located . It has an exceptional collection of limonaires, music boxes, mechanical pianos, etc. It is open every day from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Reservations are required for groups (possibility to visit in the morning on request). Guided tours last approximately 1h15. In October, guided tours are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Building A: Mechanical Music Museum (guided tour): Adult €10.00; Child €6.00
Building B: automata + phonographs + fun fair (independent visit): Adult €7.00; Child €4.00
Combined tickets for the 2 buildings: Adult €14.00; Child €9.00
Family pass: €38.00; valid for 2 parents and 2 to 4 children on the whole site.
The Philharmonic Organ in the church of Les Gets is also open to visitors for the price of €3 per person. Groups of 15 people or more are welcome by reservation. Information and reservations on +33(0)4 50 79 85 75.
The “Domaine de découverte de la Vallée d’Aulps” is another major site to discover in the region. On the site of the old abbey, the daily life of the monks has been reconstructed. Around the ruins of the abbey, take the opportunity to learn more about its destruction, the history of the Aulps Valley and its botanical art…
Open Sunday to Friday, 2 pm to 6.30 pm. Groups welcome in the morning by reservation.
Price : adult €7, child (6-16 years) €3.50 and group of adults : €5.60, group of children : €2.80. Information and reservations on +33(0)4 50 04 52 63.
Return to Morzine with its Library located opposite the Church. It is open every day (except Thursdays and Sundays) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are more than 17,000 books there: novels, detective stories, biographies, comics, documentaries, CDs, audio books, magazines, including books in English...
Information on +33(0)4 50 75 93 58.
Take a walk or do activities in the Parc des DérêchesThe Parc des Dérèches is like a piece of nature that has remained intact in the heart of the village of Morzine, along the Dranse river. Its route is spread over a loop of 4.5 km where it is good to go for a walk with your children or to go and jog.
In the heart of the Parc des Dérêches, you will find the Morzine Equestrian Center : Claire Pérot and her team offer lessons, courses, walks and hikes, for young and old, beginners and experienced, on suitably trained horses.
Information on +33(0)6 32 61 41 98 or +33(0)4 50 75 14 40
If you prefer to stay on your own feet while still participating in a physical activity, you can indulge in Orienteering. Indeed, a permanent orientation course is laid out in the Parc des Dérêches by 20 markers. Official maps are available at the Tourist Office and at the Palais des Sports. You can also work out at the Parc des Dérêches while stopping at the various apparatus points that mark your route on the fitness trail.
And if that wasn't enough, there's nothing stopping you from planning a game of Tennis . At this time of year, it is open and free of charge.
Other ideas for walks from MorzineChemin du Renard
By car from the Tourist Office, go towards the Town Hall. When you arrive at the Church, turn right, and follow the sign to "Vallée de la Manche". At the cemetery roundabout, follow the sign to “Nyon cable car”. Arriving at the Nyon cable car, if you turn right, after 15 minutes’ walk, you discover the Nyon waterfall, with the adventure park. Alternatively, you can cross the parking lot, follow the path and you arrive at the Mines d’Or lake (lake of the gold mines).
From the car park to the waterfall, it takes about 15 minutes: to the Mines d’Or lake, is about 2h30.
By car, from the Tourist Office, go towards the Town Hall. At the Church, turn left behind the Town Hall and take the road to Montriond. At the Church in Montriond, turn right towards the lake. When you arrive at the lake (5 km from Morzine), you can leave your vehicle. To do the loop around the lake takes about 45 minutes. For those who wish to walk a little longer, from the end of the lake, a path leads to the village of Albertans and, if you go even further, you can reach the Ardent waterfall.
Maps available at the Tourist Office.
To find out about the days and areas when hunting is allowed, please download an application called chasseco.
Looking for sports activities?The sunny days of October are still conducive to outdoor sports activities.
Among them, you might want to try:
Several paragliding schools are still open this autumn and offer first flights and flights of all kinds
- Abc de l’école de parapente des portes du soleil : Bookings on +33(0)4 50 75 76 39 | +33(0)6 12 55 51 31
- Aéro-Bi Parapente : Bookings on +33(0)6 26 35 48 06
- Airéole : Bookings on +33(0)6 59 29 79 00 | +33(0)6 07 63 16 25 (Albert) | +33(0)6 60 38 71 01 (Olivier)
- Évolution 2 : Bookings on +33(0)4 50 74 02 18 | +33(0)6 87 33 19 54
If the ski lifts are currently closed, this is no reason to put away your mountain bike for the winter. Nothing prevents you from riding on the paths and trails around the village and taking the opportunity to improve your cross-country technique.
Update : 01/10/21 subject to modifications not communicated to the Tourist Office.