5/5 - Excellent
SSSep 1, 2019
Lovely town. Excellent water sports
Tour the corridors of medieval castles, hike through forests and sail across a lake when you visit this picturesque town in the French Alps.
Medieval France meets the French Alps in this picturesque town on the northern bank of an alpine lake. Discover Annecy’s centuries-old castles, explore the narrow maze of cobblestone streets and hike and ski through a spectacular mountainous landscape.
Annecy’s Old Town features narrow pedestrian-only streets interrupted by canals and lined with boutiques and open-air restaurants. Visit on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday morning for the popular food market.
Go to one of the town’s principle landmarks, the Château d’Annecy. This large castle dates back to the 12th century and was once home to the counts of Geneva. Climb up one of the towers for panoramic views of the town and the lake. After investigating rooms that contain sculptures, paintings and historical artifacts, find the Palais de L'Ile. This medieval palace is situated on an island in one of the town’s canals. For more spectacular medieval architecture, stop by the Château de Menthon. The 12th-century citadel sits on a rocky spur on the east bank of Lake Annecy, surrounded by forests.
Devote some of your vacation time to the lake. The large freshwater body claims to be the purest in Europe and hosts a range of activities. Enjoy swimming, sailing, waterskiing and diving. Most of the waterfront near the old town consists of boat docks, but small beaches, such as Plage de Annecy can be found on the eastern shore. Rent a bike and cycle the path that runs alongside part of the lake.
Head into the French Alps surrounding the lake for lots of outdoor pursuits. During the warmer months, hike or ride a horse along trails that extend through forested areas. Ski and snowshoe through the terrain in the winter. Take a guided tour of the Gorges du Fier, a narrow canyon 6 miles (10 kilometers) west of Annecy.
Reach Annecy by flying into the international airport in Geneva, a 40-minute drive from the town. When you see the mountains, canals and castles, it is easy to understand why Annecy is such a popular vacation spot.
4.5/5Wonderful!(66 area reviews)
Annecy Old Town is popular for its lake views, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Annecy Castle or Lake Annecy.
3.5/5Good!(4 area reviews)
Stay in this quiet neighborhood of Annecy to get away from the bustle of the town center while still being within walking distance of major sites.
3/5(2 area reviews)
Though Novel might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Annecy Castle and Centre Commercial Courier.
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It won’t be hard to take a good photo of the gorgeous views across Lake Annecy from this ancient castle, which also houses a fascinating museum.
Feel as though you are stepping back in time with a visit to this wonderful historic house and former prison set in the middle of the River Thiou.
Spend a few hours shopping at this airy mall that features a striking design and a convenient location in the heart of the city.
The neoclassical design inside this church helps to create a serene atmosphere that’s perfect for a moment of quiet contemplation.
You can find out about the history of Annecy when you stop by Amours Bridge. Wander the lakeside in this quaint area.
Discover some of Annecy’s long history during a visit to the town’s oldest church, a grand Gothic structure that dates back to the 15th century.
Cross over the French-Swiss border to reach the romantic mountain town of Annecy. Learn more about the city’s history and culture as you explore its picturesque canals and beautiful lake with your local expert guide. Then, enjoy some free time at your leisure for more sightseeing.
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Explore both Geneva town and Annecy in this two-part day trip to include both of these famous landmark locations in 1 day! Take a day in two of the regions most exquisite locations, Lake Annecy and Geneva.
Marvel at the picturesque Lake Annecy with its crystal clear water and stunning historic alpine town. Travel by executive minibus to the pretty French town in just 45 minutes from Geneva.
Annecy is located on the blue Lake Annecy and overlooks snow-capped mountains. The city is also called the ‘Venice of the Alps,’ because of its canals, and like the Italian city, it has an interesting culinary tradition.
Take a rest of skiing and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Rhone-Alpes region - Annecy. The city is located at the northern top of Lake Annecy and is often called “Venice of the Alps” or “Pearl of French Alps”.
Verified travelerJun 22, 2019
GREAT TOWN , BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, GOOD FOOD. NICE PEOPLE. VISIT PASCAL HAYOTS GALLERY.