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Chambery lies in a large valley in the Rhône-Alpes region of southeast France. The city is home to several cultural centres, including a theatre and five museums, which are illuminated by a floodlighting programme that has won the town the award of City of Light. There are some stunning historical buildings and monuments to be found in Chambery; the Chateau de Chambery, which hosts tours and concerts and the Fontaine des Elephants, a monumental fountain depicting four life-sized elephants. There is also contemporary architecture in the form of the Malraux Cultural Centre and the Jean Jacques Rousseau Mediatheque. For admirers of nature, the city is close to the Bourget and Aiguebelette lakes, France’s largest natural lakes and the Chartreuse National Park. For winter sports enthusiasts, many of Europe’s biggest ski resorts are close by. Chambery is easily accessible by road, train and air, making it a great holiday destination.
Twice a year, in April and September, the city hosts La Grande Braderie, a large open-air flea market. The autumn fair, held on the last weekend of September, is the most popular. The Braderie is held in Chambery city centre and is a great destination for finding bargains galore. Organised by the city council and the traders association, almost 3,000 individuals, merchants and traders set up their stalls selling a huge variety of goods, including furniture, books and tools. It attracts visitors from all over France and further afield. To coincide with the Braderie, local shops hold sales offering great discounts.