La Balme-de-Thuy

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La Balme-de-Thuy
La Balme-de-Thuy (France)
La Balme-de-Thuy
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Faverges
Community association Vallées de Thônes
Coordinates 45 ° 54 '  N , 6 ° 17'  E Coordinates: 45 ° 54 '  N , 6 ° 17'  E
height 534-1,915 m
surface 17.79 km 2
Residents 462 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 26 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74230
INSEE code

La Balme-de-Thuy

La Balme-de-Thuy is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


La Balme-de-Thuy is located at 620  m , west of Thônes , about twelve kilometers east of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The farming village extends on the northern edge of the Fier valley , in the Bornes Alps at the foot of the striking rocky peaks of Tête à Turpin and Tête Ronde.

The area of ​​the 17.79 km² municipal area, which extends as a narrow strip in a south-west-north-east direction, comprises a section of the Bornes Alps. The area is traversed from east to west by the Fier in a valley cut deeply into the chains of the Bornes Alps, the flat valley floor being almost a kilometer wide and filled with gravel deposits from the river. To the south the municipal area extends to the Dent du Cruet ( 1833  m ) and the mountain pastures of Larrieux (up to 1850  m ), which the massif of Tournette belong.

The limestone cliffs of Tête à Turpin ( 1541  m ), Mont Teret , Tête Ronde ( 1863  m ) and Arpette de Thuy rise north of the Fier Valley . In the extreme north, the municipality extends to a karstified high plateau (in the area of ​​the Plateau des Glières) and up to the Pointe de la Québlette , on which the highest point of La Balme-de-Thuy is reached at 1915  m .

La Balme-de-Thuy also includes the hamlet Charvex ( 610  m ) in the Fier valley and various individual farms. Neighboring municipalities of La Balme-de-Thuy are Thorens-Glières in the north, Glières-Val-de-Borne and Thônes in the east and Alex and Dingy-Saint-Clair in the west.


Excavations have shown that the area of ​​La Balme-de-Thuy in the area of ​​the La Vieille-Eglise rock cave was inhabited as early as about 8000 BC. The place name is derived from the late Latin balma ( cave , grotto , abri ).


The village church of La Balme-de-Thuy dates from the 19th century. On the high plateau north of the village stands the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges chapel, which was rebuilt in 1949. There is another chapel in the hamlet of Charvex. One of the secular buildings is the castle, which was rebuilt in 1803.


Population development
year Residents
1962 181
1968 183
1975 190
1982 265
1990 304
1999 327
2005 360

With 462 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) 360 inhabitants (2005), La Balme-de-Thuy is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, the number of inhabitants decreased continuously due to strong emigration (in 1861 there were still 319 inhabitants in La Balme-de-Thuy). Since the mid-1970s, however, a significant increase in population has been recorded.

Economy and Infrastructure

Until well into the 20th century, La Balme-de-Thuy was a predominantly agricultural village. Today there are various local small businesses. Many workers are commuters who work in the Annecy area.

The village is off the main thoroughfares, but is easily accessible from the D909, which runs from Annecy to Thônes . Another road connection is with Dingy-Saint-Clair.

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