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Visit Annecy

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.

Where to stay in Annecy

Jardins de I\'Europe

Annecy Old Town

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.

Annecy Old Town
Cran-Gevrier

Cran-Gevrier

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. 

Cran-Gevrier
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Novel

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.

Novel

Top Hotels in Annecy

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Hotel International
Best Western Hotel International
3 out of 5
19 Avenue Du Rhone, Annecy, Haute-Savoie
$56
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in the heart of Annecy, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Notre-Dame-de-Liesse Church, Annecy Castle, and Lake Annecy. Centre Commercial Courier ...

4.1/5Very Good! (157 reviews)

"The staff at this hotel are what really set it apart. They are all very much engaged and it's plainly obvious that they care very deeply about your satisfaction. This is true about the staff on all shifts. I've stayed in hotels where the day staff is great, but the night staff is slightly lacking. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Best Western Hotel International
Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
4 out of 5
15, Boulevard de la Corniche, Annecy, Haute-Savoie
$125
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

This family-friendly Annecy hotel is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plage des Marquisats, Lake Annecy, and Annecy Castle. Jardins de I'Europe and Musee-Chateau ...

3.9/5Good! (219 reviews)
Perfect.

"Fabulous. Couldn’t fault it. Beautiful room overlooking the lake."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
Novotel Annecy Centre
Novotel Annecy Centre
4 out of 5
1 Place Marie Curie, ancienne 1 avenue Berthollet, Annecy, Haute-Savoie
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$80
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in the heart of Annecy, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centre Commercial Courier and Lake Annecy. Annecy Castle is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away. Annecy ...

4/5Very Good! (633 reviews)

"Room is nice and clean. Easy walk to the old town. Parking lot not high enough to park minivan. Front desk didn’t give right direction to park the car outside"…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Novotel Annecy Centre

Popular things to do in Annecy

Annecy Castle
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Annecy Castle

4.5/5(95 reviews)

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.

Palais de l Ile
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Palais de l Ile

4.5/5(16 reviews)

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. 

Centre Commercial Courier
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Centre Commercial Courier

5/5(1 review)

Spend a few hours shopping at this airy mall that features a striking design and a convenient location in the heart of the city.

Notre-Dame-de-Liesse Church
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Notre-Dame-de-Liesse Church

The neoclassical design inside this church helps to create a serene atmosphere that’s perfect for a moment of quiet contemplation.

Amours Bridge
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Amours Bridge

You can find out about the history of Annecy when you stop by Amours Bridge. Wander the lakeside in this quaint area.

Church of St. Maurice
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Church of St. Maurice

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. 

Top activities in Annecy

Annecy, Venice of the Alps, Half-Day Guided Tour from Geneva
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Annecy, Venice of the Alps, Half-Day Guided Tour from Geneva

$60

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.

Vacation Photographer in Annecy
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Vacation Photographer in Annecy

$44

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Geneva & Annecy Full Day Trip
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Geneva & Annecy Full Day Trip

$111

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.

Lake Annecy Day Trip
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Lake Annecy Day Trip

$111

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: Foodie Experience with Organic Local Products
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Annecy: Foodie Experience with Organic Local Products

$71

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.

Winter Ski Tour: Annecy City and Wine Degustation
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Winter Ski Tour: Annecy City and Wine Degustation

$182

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”.

Reviews of Annecy

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

SS

Sep 1, 2019

Lovely town. Excellent water sports

5/5 - Excellent

HD

Aug 30, 2019

Wonderful lake to swim in, in summer of course

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 25, 2019

Charming friendly true Europe ambiance . We lived every minute !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 16, 2019

Nice city good start point for traveling around

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 10, 2019

Beautiful place, hot and busy with tourists in summer!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 22, 2019

GREAT TOWN , BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, GOOD FOOD. NICE PEOPLE. VISIT PASCAL HAYOTS GALLERY.