: Savouè d’Amont
) is a French department
, named for its location in the Alps mountain range
: "Upper Savoy") is one of two departments of the region of Savoy
that was annexed by France on 24 March 1860, the other being Savoie
. For its history prior to 1860, and details of the annexation and reasons for the current separatist movement in the two departments, see Savoy
To the north, Haute-Savoie borders on Switzerland
, with Geneva
as the closest major town, and Lake Geneva
. To the east, Haute-Savoie borders Italy
, and to the west the department of Ain
. To the south it borders Savoie
Mont Blanc and Lake Annecy are located in Haute-Savoie, as well as the town of Évian-les-Bains, the most famous town on the French shore of Lake Geneva, and well-known around the world for its mineral water, Evian.
Some of the world's most well-known ski resorts are located in Haute-Savoie. For instance, Chamonix — a city where skiing and mountaineering are at the heart of the economic activity, thanks to the Mont-Blanc, Europe's highest mountain (4808 meters high).
Lakes in Haute-Savoie: