The Fontaine des Éléphants (Fountain of the Elephants) is a 18m-high fountain in Chambéry and one of its most famous landmarks. It was sculpted in 1838 in honour of Benoît de Boigne, a native of the city who made his fortune working as a general of the Maratha Empire in India. After coming back to Chambéry at the end of the 18th century, de Boigne bestowed some of his wealth on the town and was honoured posthumously with this monument.
Earlier this summer, I went on a guided tour of the Château des Ducs de Savoie (Castle of the Dukes of Savoie) in Chambéry. The construction of the castle was started in the 13th century to serve as the seat of the Counts (and later, Dukes) of Savoie but there has been many additions and demolitions over the years since. It now serves as the seat of the Préfecture of Savoie, so, apart from a small room near the entrance, the guided tour is the only way to visit the castle. The version of the tour I went on (called Château, Ruelles et Confidences) also included a visit of the old town of Chambéry nearby, which allowed access to some areas not normally open to the public. Some versions of the tour skip that part and visit the Tour Demi-Ronde (Half-Round Tower) in the castle instead.
The Promenade de Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a short and easy walk in Chambéry that follows the footsteps of Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It starts in the Old Town of Chambéry at Parc de la Calamine and goes up to Les Charmettes, a house where Rousseau lived with Madame de Warens between 1736 and 1742. It then loops back by passing through the Parc de Buisson-Rond and the Château de Boigne.
I didn’t actually walk the whole loop: It was getting late and dark so I went down to the city directly once I reached Les Charmettes.
The Université Savoie Mont Blanc is a university in the region of Savoie with a few campuses in the Chambéry and Annecy area, including one dedicated to teaching science and located at the Savoie Technolac, in Bourget-du-Lac.