Grotte de Glace
Grotte de Glace
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  • wendyanddavid536
    Solihull, United Kingdom2,214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely, but Strenuous
    The view over the glacier was impressive, even though it is rapidly melting away. The 538 steps down to the glacier itself are not for the faint-hearted and the climb back up is arduous; I would not recommend it for anyone with hip/knee/heart problems or for asthma sufferers. The ice cave itself is impressive with several clever ice sculptures, but much smaller than I had expected, probably due to the glacier melting. The Glaciorum at the top is well worth visiting, giving a lot of information about glaciers (obviously!)
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Steviefull
    Kidderminster, United Kingdom1,754 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting, Demoralising and Lots of Stairs
    As everyone else has said the stairs are an issue if unfit or with small children as there is a lot of them and on our way back up I looked at some of the people just starting off and questioned if they would ever be seen again. Saying that take it steady and enjoy the scenery and contemplate what a mess we are making of the planet. We did this as a day trip from Geneva with a trip up the cable car and had a fantastic time as it's not something you can do on every holiday and makes for a great experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2024
  • frank b
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Chamonix trip
    Very well worthwhile trip. Stunning train ride and - forget previous reviews - there is a new gondola (opened December 2023) from the top train station to the start of the walk to the ice cave with only 168 steps instead of 450 - very manageable!! Not at all overcrowded (early/mid April). Park at Bioally or Planards and walk 3 minutes to train statiion. Train ticket (about 35 Euros) includes gondola to ice cave. Great day out (we had fantastic sunny weather!).
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2024
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frank b
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very well worthwhile trip. Stunning train ride and - forget previous reviews - there is a new gondola (opened December 2023) from the top train station to the start of the walk to the ice cave with only 168 steps instead of 450 - very manageable!! Not at all overcrowded (early/mid April). Park at Bioally or Planards and walk 3 minutes to train statiion. Train ticket (about 35 Euros) includes gondola to ice cave. Great day out (we had fantastic sunny weather!).
Written 11 April 2024
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,754 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
As everyone else has said the stairs are an issue if unfit or with small children as there is a lot of them and on our way back up I looked at some of the people just starting off and questioned if they would ever be seen again.

Saying that take it steady and enjoy the scenery and contemplate what a mess we are making of the planet.

We did this as a day trip from Geneva with a trip up the cable car and had a fantastic time as it's not something you can do on every holiday and makes for a great experience.
Written 26 March 2024
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The view over the glacier was impressive, even though it is rapidly melting away.
The 538 steps down to the glacier itself are not for the faint-hearted and the climb back up is arduous; I would not recommend it for anyone with hip/knee/heart problems or for asthma sufferers.
The ice cave itself is impressive with several clever ice sculptures, but much smaller than I had expected, probably due to the glacier melting.
The Glaciorum at the top is well worth visiting, giving a lot of information about glaciers (obviously!)
Written 21 September 2023
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Jane S
Staines, UK9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Decided to visit the Mer De Glacé whilst visiting Chamonix. Very little information around regarding this tourist attraction. Found the train station, ticket cost €34 and we got in the petit train up the mountain which was cute. On arriving at the top the first thing we noticed was just how busy it was. We got to the top at 2.30pm and was told the last train back down was 5pm.

From there we got into the queue for the cable car to take you further down towards the ice cave. It’s only then we was told about the 600 steps down after that. The cable car holds around 20 people and we’re very regular. Once we reached the start of the steps it became apparent that this isn’t a walk for anyone with mobility or health issues.

As we started to descend, the steps can be quite steep, and are like a metal grid. People were taking their dogs with them which is madness as they couldn’t walk on the grated steps. It was very busy and narrow and you had to go at the same pace as the people in front of you or you would have held everyone up behind you.

It took me 45 minutes to walk down the steps. We were told the last cable car goes back up at 4pm. So knowing it takes that long to walk back up we were literally in the ice cave for less than 10 minutes, as I was worried we would miss the last cable car and then the last train. The walk back up is a killer.

Do not recommend for elderly, children, or people with mobility issues. Good shoes required, and allow plenty of time.
Written 14 August 2023
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FEP1yahoo
London, UK181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Interesting ice cave with some carvings of ice block (polar bear, hut-like structure with windows). The long and winding road on metal stairs from the cable-car station to the entrance of the cave may not be exhausting to descend in, but requires stamina and determination to ascend.
Written 24 May 2023
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Seeing this incredible glacier was such a wonderful experience! We really enjoyed walking through the tunnels.
Written 21 August 2022
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Doro2644
Aberdeen, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
At this point in time the cave is more of a tragic visit than a hugely entertaining one, as you descend rows and rows of stairs down to finally find the left over ice. Nonetheless, the cave is very impressive to see and the trip there provides beautiful views. Unforgettable visit.

--NB dog owners !! The newly added stairs at the bottom do not have rubber mat coverings, instead the jagged metal grids used mean that dogs will have to be carried a considerable distance or wear shoes.
Written 13 July 2022
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rebekka2001
Lod, Israel90 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The remainings of the Ice Cave are not impressive at all. When you get there by train and then take a gondola, you will still have to use a very long staircase both ways. Too much effort, not really much to see. If you are curious about the ride on a train, do not combine with cave. Just skip it. It probably used to be impressive, not anymore
Written 29 June 2022
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DR CHRISTOPHER C
Bearsden, UK156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We've been bringing family and friends to Cham and particularly the Ice Grotto for years. You'd better get here relatively soon - like the wicked witch, the ice is melting!!
Written 7 February 2022
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dscottf2018
Wilton Manors, FL110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Highly recommend buying the Mt. Blanc MultiPass. Adults R/T fare to Aiguille du Midi is 65€ and for only 3€ more you also get the Montenvers – Mer de Glace … a saving of some 30€.

The two-car red train offers the mid-20th century comfort of hard wooden benches that you only have to endure for the 20-minute ride up and 20-minute journey back. At the Montenvers terminus we decided to go directly to the Ice Cave and rode the 4-person cable car to the lower station. From there, WOW, the steps down to the Grotte de Glace present a challenge, especially for anyone in less than good physical shape. They claim 550+ steps each way, almost like climbing to the 2nd Floor of the Eiffel Tower!

Once there (finally) the Ice cave is quite nicely presented and beautifully lighted. I was expecting it to be longer. And then the endurance test back to the cable car station! Several signs mark the level of the glacier over the last century revealing how much it is diminishing. Back at the top I was so spent that we passed on the Glaciorium wanted to return to hotel and lie down for a while.
Written 20 September 2020
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