|Canton||Évian-les-Bains (main town)|
|Community association||Pays d'Evian Vallée d'Abondance|
|surface||4.29 km 2|
|Residents||9,098 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||2,121 inhabitants / km 2|
Evian-les-Bains is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes . It is located on the south bank of Lake Geneva and has 9,098 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017). Evian is the capital of a canton comprising 15 municipalities and is surrounded by the lake and mountains. The world-famous Evian mineral water is bottled in the area of the neighboring municipality to the west of Publier .
Évian used to have several names such as Aquianum (1150), Aquiano (1219), Ayviens (1420), which already refer to the water (Latin aqua ). The place was expanded into a town in the 13th century with the building of a castle by Count Peter II of Savoy . In 1789 the healing power of the local water was discovered and the bath age began. Bathing establishments were established from 1824. In 1860, Évian came to France along with the rest of Savoy; In 1864 the place was renamed Évian-les-Bains. From 1869 drinking halls, hotels and a casino were built. In 1878 the mineral water received an award at the Paris World Exhibition and became known worldwide. At the beginning of the 20th century, Évian was a meeting place for the upper class from all over the world. This was also evident in the operation of a funicular that was built in 1907 and extended from 1911 to 1913. When fully expanded, it had four other stops in addition to the two end stations, about 750 meters long, two of which belonged to a hotel. The operation of the " Funiculaire " ended in 1969 and was resumed in 2002 after extensive renovation work. The train runs from mid-May to mid-September; it is free to use.
From July 6 to July 15, 1938, the representatives of 32 countries met here at the invitation of Franklin D. Roosevelt to discuss immigration quotas and possible refuge areas for Jewish refugees from the German Reich . This meeting, referred to in the history books as the Évian Conference , could not agree on immigration facilitation.
Départmentstraßen D 24 and D 1005 run through the city . The station is on the Léaz – Saint-Gingolph line and is served by the TER Rhône-Alpes . During the winter season, there is also a TGV in the direction of Paris .
There are several golf courses in and around Évian-les-Bains. Every year a professional women's golf tournament, The Evian Championship, takes place here.
Sons and daughters of the church
- Marc Francina (1948–2018), politician
- Patrick Blanc (* 1972), ski mountaineer
- Johann Durand (* 1981), football player
- Cécile Storti (* 1983), cross-country skier
- Olivia Gallay (* 1989), ski racer
- Nicolas Thoule (* 1990), ski racer
- Hugo Nys (* 1991), tennis player
- Adeline Mugnier (* 1992), ski racer