Albertville takes its name from the king of Sardinia Charles-Albert, founder of this city by letters patent of December 19, 1835. The new municipality is formed from the medieval city of Conflans and the town of L'Hôpital.
Located in the heart of the Alps, the town is at the confluence of the Isère and its tributary Arly, also marking the junction of the valleys of the Tarentaise, Beaufortain and Val d'Arly, upstream of the Combe de Savoie.
This geographic location has earned it the nickname of Carrefour des Quatre Vallées. Its geographical situation and its mountainous assets allowed the city to host the XVI Olympic Winter Games of 1992 even if most of the events took place in the numerous stations around.