River RaftingWARNING! BELIEVE ME, THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT A WALK IN THE PARK! ONE OF THE MOST SCARIEST THINGS I EVER TRIED!
The springs of Evian were still rather unknown at the time of the French Revolution. But the First Empire's interest for spa towns inspired a scientist to analyze the Evian springs in 1807 and 1808: Evian mineral waters revealed astonishing curative qualities and the waters began to be used for medicinal purposes. A lakeside port and a new road (RN5) connecting the town to Milan and Paris were constructed in 1809. In 1823, Genevan entrepreneur M. Falconnet launched the Évian mineral water company (Société des Eaux Minérales d'Évian) and purchased the cities' two main springs (the most famous being the Cachat spring named after the family that sold it) in March 1827. M. Fauconnet's company eventually went bankrupt, and the springs were bought by the Hôtel des Bains. In the following years, many hotels (Hôtel des quatre saisons, Hôtel de France, Hôtel des Alpes) were built, turning the town into a popular holiday resort.