Situated at the confluence of the Giffre Haut and Giffre Bas, Sixt nestles round its former abbey, founded in 1144 by one of the lords of the Faucigny region.
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the magnificent 'Cirque du Fer à Cheval' and its wonderful waterfalls and natural reserve, Sixt is still largely unknown outside France.
However years ago the well known climber and founder of the Alpine Club, Sir Alfred Wills, made Sixt his base for discovering the area and built a chalet in the village. Sixt is now a recognised centre of excursion and rock-climbing as well as a ski resort. Home to stonecutters since the 15th century, it deserves its label 'Grand site de France'. Life is centred around the Abbey and is quite simple - a few shops, post office, mini-market, a few cafés and restaurants and a bakery.
Sixt benefits from an exceptional environment spreading out from 700 to 3100 m of altitude. Wonderful walks and rides, a challenging 'Via-ferrata' and village discovery visits are all available. There is a regular bus service from Sixt to Samoëns and Morillon.
A 6 minute drive beyond Samoëns, Sixt is only a 30 minute drive from the motorway exit near the TGV train station of Cluses and only 1 hour drive from Geneva.
Places of interest:
The Sixt-Passy nature reserve - covers three quarters of the borough of Sixt (22 734 acres). The Maison de la reserve naturelle, at the heart of the village, illustrates the history of Sixt and the natural environment, flora fauna and geology of the local limestone mountains with their network of underground rivers.
Cirque du Fer à Cheval - At the end of the road past Sixt, the final loop offers a splendid panorama of the cirque and its waterfalls. The cirque is a natural amphitheatre formed by limestone escarpments between 500 - 700m high. In June more than 30 waterfalls streaming down the rock face create an incessant background noise. The 'Chalet de la réserve' is an information centre about high altitude fauna and flora.
View below for Sixt webcam