In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Ain is made up of Bresse Savoyarde, Dombes, Buegey and Pays de Gex.
Between the Alps, Jura and the Saône valley, the department of Ain offers a diversity of landscapes of mountains and plains. Formerly called Bresse, Ain is famous for its capital Bourg-en-Bresse, for the Bugey massif and its Grand Colombier, but also for its lyric art festival in Ambronay.
The essentials of the Ain department
When vyour stay in Ain, do not miss the ascent of the Grand Colombier, the Glandieu waterfall and Sylans Lake. As for parks and museums, the bird park, the miniature train museum and the forest farm are among the most popular with visitors.
Remarkable natural sites
The département of Ain is rich in varied natural sites. With its 1 meters above sea level, the Grand Colombier is the highest point of Bugey. The Glandieu waterfall and the Haut-Bugey lakes are essential stages during a visit to the Ain. The plateau and the ponds of the Dombes in the west, are also landscapes to discover.
The portion of the Via-Rhôna which crosses the Ain is ideal for a bike ride with family or friends. It is also visited by many cycle tourists in search of adventure. Massifs and forests are the playground for hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders.
The Ain is a privileged site for lovers of medieval heritage. The halls of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, the perched village of Pérouges or the small medieval town of Dombe are indeed heritage gems. Do not miss the royal monastery of Brou, or the Bonnet silk museum. The latter tells a part of the more contemporary history of this territory.