The small town of Mercury is located in southeast France in the Savoie department of the Rhone-Alpes region. It is only 35 km from the capital of Chambery, 464 km from Paris and 673 km from Calais.
The area has spectacular views and is popular with mountain bikers, hikers, climbers, hang gliding enthusiasts and paragliders.
The Chateau de Chevron in Mercury is a castle built in the 14th century and redesigned in the 17th century. It has been a monument historique since May 17, 1982 as listed by the French Ministry of Culture. Pope Nicolas II was born in this castle.
Albertville is a Town of Art and History only 5 km from Mercury. Its Musee d'Art has objects, costumes, tools, jewelry, and furniture handed down through generations.
The Cite Medievale de Conflans is a historic site with its medieval architecture, narrow streets, flowered terraces and colorful boutiques.
Beaufort is a small resort town in the Savoy Alps to the northeast of Albertville. Its ski region, Arches-Beaufort, is popular for skiing in the winter and exploration of the mountain scenery and lakes in the summer. Its ski resort is at an altitude of 1,000 meters and has skiing on 50 km of ski runs. Roselend Chapel is a Romanesque structure which originally stood in the valley but was dismantled and rebuilt in the 1970s.
Beaufort is also known for its cheese of that name produced in the region. This cheese is used in risotto, fondue, dauphinois potatoes, pasta sauces and in recipes served in local restaurants.
Take the Mont Blanc Tram up to Mont Blanc's 'Eagles Nest' at the altitude of 2,372 meters. This is a starting point for climbing expeditions and hiking trails. There is also a cable car that takes you from Saint Gervais to the Plateau of Bettex and Mont d'Arbois. There are more than 60 km of ski runs in Saint Gervais. In the summer enjoy an indoor ice rink.
The Baroque footpath/trail passes ten chapels and churches in the Baroque style. The trail begins at Saint Gervais and goes through some of the neighboring villages.