Annecy

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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.

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

Best Western Hotel International
Best Western Hotel International
3 out of 5
19 Avenue Du Rhone, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, 74000
The price is $122 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (607 reviews)
"I think that the staff were exceptionally good, helpful and friendly. Location of the hotel is very good. Hotel was also very good."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

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, 74000
The price is $161 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (371 reviews)
"What a beautiful resort! We had a room with a panoramic view of the lake. The staff was friendly; bed comfortable."

Reviewed on May 29, 2022

Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
L'Impérial Palace
L'Impérial Palace
4 out of 5
Allée de L'Impérial, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, 74000
The price is $274 per night from Jul 22 to Jul 23
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (764 reviews)
"Hotel was fantastic great food staff and epic location - definitely pay up for the lake view rooms"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

L'Impérial Palace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Zenitude Hôtel - Résidences Les Hauts d'Annecy
Zenitude Hôtel - Résidences Les Hauts d'Annecy
3 out of 5
16, Rue du Champ de la Taillée, Annecy, 74600
The price is $79 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the ...
3.7/5 Good! (331 reviews)
Positive impressions only
"Great clean place to stay for couple. Hotel was clean good location and friendly staff."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Zenitude Hôtel - Résidences Les Hauts d'Annecy
Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
4 out of 5
2, place Marie Curie, Annecy, 74000
The price is $120 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly aparthotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (771 reviews)
"Decent sized apartment, well maintained and clean apart from the previous occupants putting dirty crockery away. Comfy king size bed. Very small kitchenette area suitable only for minor cooking. Plenty of parking underground linked by lifts directly to the apartments although it costs 13 euros per ..."

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
Privilodges Le Royal Annecy
Privilodges Le Royal Annecy
3 out of 5
9, rue Royale, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, 74000
The price is $125 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (461 reviews)
"Central property to lake and train station. Very nice staff and very helpful . Let me book in slightly earlier as room was ready and left my luggage their on following day so I could explore without dragging stuff around . Liked the large terrace and self catering facilities too"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Privilodges Le Royal Annecy
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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