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Montenvers Train - La Mer de Glace

35, place de la Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix, France
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Ranked #4 of 23 activities in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Description: This train takes visitors on the short ride between Chamonix and the Mer de Glace glacier.
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A Trip on the Mer de Glace railway is a great way to start your visit to Chamonix. Start with a coffee on the terrace at the top then take a long climb down to the glacier, marvelling at the ant sized ice climbers in the distance. See for yourself how the glacier is rapidly receding. Once into the surreal... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

2.5 days visit in Chamonix, two things was on our priority list La Mer de Glace and Aiguille du midi. We were there 22 May after an eventful 1 st trip our train ride was stopped half way up because the wind had blown down a tree and damaged the power line. "Every cloud has a silver lining" The next... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Forgot to review when we visited so doing so now. What a great trip! You take the train up to the base of theglacier and then take the gondola down to the glacier (you also have to walk part of the way which is nice) and then you enter the ice cave cut inside the glacier. Very cool (pun intended).... More

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Latvia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We took tickets for elevator until the first station of lift Chamonix - Plan de l'Aiguille and then went for Grand Balcony North trail which ends close to Montenvers. After visiting Mer de Glace, including ice caves in the glacier, we took train to descend. At that time we were very happy for having an option not to climb down... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

we took the train around 10.30ish but it was a bit foggy during that time which hampered the view. The fog quickly cleared up and the landscape was beautiful. Dont miss this.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The train ride was fun with extraordinary views. After the cable car there were about 400 steps down that had to be ascended after viewing the ice cave area, which was spectacular. Wonderful experience.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The train trip on it's own was brilliant, but there is so much more to this adventure. Crystal gallery was great, the views superb, and the ice caves were a "must see" experience. Cable car down to the next level was easy to manage. The stairs down do require a degree of fitness as they are quite extensive and a... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Great way to reach the "Mer de glace" when enjoying a wonderful landscape view on the valley. From the Montenvers you can enjoy a enjoyable walk back down to Chamonix (1h30 or more...) even if you are not a sport athlete (during spring and summer season at least)

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

take the train to Montenvers and then the cable car to the Mer de Glace. Walk the 400 steps to the grotto inside the Mer de Glace - worth it!

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Chamonix, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

It was a wonderful surprise to walk all the way up to the station in only 2:30 hours. I had a look at the cristal museum and the ice cave... all for free and then I paid only 24 euros to train down to the station in Chamonix. It is the bes value for money in Chamonix so far.

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