All of the municipalities in the pays d’Evian vallée d’Abondance are labeled Pays d’Art et d’Histoire. This label is awarded to local authorities, which engage in the animation and enhancement of their architecture and heritage.
Built in the 12th century, the Abbey made its mark on the history of Abondance village and shaped the lives of its inhabitants. Situated in the centre of the village at the heart of the Chablais massif, between Lake Geneva and the Swiss border, in 1875 this treasure became the first Savoyard building to be classified as a historic monument. Its abbey, remarkable cloister and convent buildings make the Abbey a centerpiece of the Pays d’art et d’histoire pays d’Evian – vallée d’Abondance.
The Notre Dame Abbey is still magnificently preserved and reveals the power of its Gothic mountain architecture along with its superb artistic treasures within.
The Abbey’s staff has the pleasure of putting on numerous activities and events that enable you to discover all the riches of this site.
La Maison du Fromage Abondance groups three activities in the same place: a cheese maturing cooperative, an Abondance cheese information centre, and a shop selling local produce.
During a fun, scientific, and sensorial visit, discover all the peculiarities of this valley’s iconic cheese. From cows grazing in the meadows, pastures carrying the sweet odours of maturing cheese, to the cheese’s manufacturing stages: Abondance cheese will reveal all its secrets!