Les Gets

Les Gets is a commune in the French department of Haute- Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region.


Les Gets is situated on 1163 m above sea level. Level, close to the tourist resort Morzine, 28 km south-southeast of the town of Thonon -les- Bains ( straight line ). The summer and winter extends to the summit of the Col des Gets the transition from the Chablais in the Faucigny, in the Savoy Alps at the eastern foot of Mont Chéry.

The area of ​​29.98 km ² municipal area includes a portion of the Chablais Alps. The main settlement area of ​​the pass crossing the Col des Gets, a furrow, which stretches in the southwest-northeast direction serves. The passport is in the West from Mont Chéry ( with 1827 m above sea level. M. the highest elevation of Les Gets) and to the east of Le Pléney ( 1508 m above sea level. M. ) Col du Ranfolly (1657 m above sea level. M. ) and flanked Pointe de la Turche ( 1605 m above sea level. M. ). The northern part of the municipal area is drained by a side stream of the Dranse de Morzine through the Vallée d' Aulps to Lake Geneva. The southwestern part, however, lies in the catchment of Giffre which leads the water to the Arve.

At Les Gets include various hamlets and holiday settlements on the slopes in the area of the Col des Gets. Neighboring municipalities of Les Gets are La Côte- d'Arbroz in the north, the east and Morzine Verchaix and Taninges in the south.


In the 12th century formed Les Gets a parish. The village name comes from the late Latin word gistum (bearings, night storage ).


The village church Eglise des Gets dates from the 19th century, was restored in 1991 and has a mechanical organ. Also worth seeing is the Musée de la Musique mécanique is in a building from the 16th century, in the barrel-organs, mechanical pianos and jukeboxes are issued.


With 1257 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) Les Gets is one of the smaller towns in the Haute-Savoie region. In recent decades, a clear now stunted growth of the population was recorded. Outside of the old village created numerous houses and apartments.

Economy and infrastructure

Les Gets was until well into the 20th century a predominantly coined by farming village. Of particular importance was always the forestry and wood processing ( sawmills ). Meanwhile, the village has developed due to its proximity to Morzine for a summer and winter resort with many tourist facilities. The slopes on either side of the Col des Gets are developed by numerous mountain railways and ski lifts. This Les Gets forms the southwestern part of the cross-border large winter sports area Portes du Soleil. As a member of the Cooperation Alpine Pearls Les Gets relies on sustainable tourism.

The village lies on the main road that runs through the Vallée d' Aulps Cluses leads from Thonon -les- Bains in the Arve Valley.