What places to visit in Annecy, France?

What places to visit in Annecy, France?

Annecy (France) – the most detailed information about the city with photos. Annecy’s main attractions with descriptions, travel guides and maps.

City of Annecy (France).

Annecy is a city in Eastern France in the Rhône-Alpes region. It is the historic capital of Haute-Savoie, located on the shores of the cleanest lake in Europe. Annecy is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in France, the historical center of which is riddled with charming canals. Thanks to them the city is often called the “Venice of the Alps.

Things to do (Annecy):

Annecy, the history and legends of the Venice of the Alps

€130 per excursion

Annecy – the history and legends of the Venice of the Alps

Romance and treasures of a medieval town

Geography and climate

Annecy is located in Eastern France on the shores of the lake with the same name, 40 km from Geneva. The town is located in a beautiful area at the foot of the northern Alps and enjoys a strategic position between France, Italy and Switzerland. Annecy has a temperate climate. Summers are warm and sometimes even hot. Winters are cool, with brief subzero temperatures.



Tourist information

  1. Population – more than 120 thousand people.
  2. Area – 66.94 km 2 .
  3. Language: French.
  4. Currency – euros.
  5. Visa – Schengen.
  6. Time – Central European UTC +1, in summer +2.
  7. The nearest international airport is in Geneva. Lyon airport is two hours away.
  8. The city has excellent transport links with Geneva, Lyon and Paris.
  9. Annecy is famous for its Italian gelato and pastries. You can also taste not only French cuisine, but also Italian and Swiss food here.




Historians believe that a settlement on the site of the modern city has existed since Roman times. Annecy came under Geneva in the 10th century and the Savoy dynasty in the early 15th century. With the development of Calvinism the city became the center of the Counter-Reformation. During the Great French Revolution Upper Savoy was conquered by France. In 1815, after the Bourbon restoration, it was returned to the representatives of the Savoy dynasty. Annecy and this historical region finally belonged to France in 1860.

Ideas for outdoor activities in Europe

The Streets of Annecy

The streets of Annecy


Old Town of Annecy

Old Town

Annecy has a charming old town that is considered one of the most beautiful in France. It abounds with charming canals with colorful Piedmont-style houses decorated with flowers, arcaded streets with boutiques and small beautiful bridges.

Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy is one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe and considered the cleanest. This lake with turquoise water is located in a beautiful area of Alpine foothills and is beautiful at any time of year. The lake has two Blue Flag beaches, Plage la Brune and Plage Municipal.

Ille Palace

Ille Palace

The Palais d’Ile is one of the most famous sights of Annecy, which forms the most famous image of the city. The structure is located on an island on the Tioux River and was built in the 12th century. This building was a prison for a long time. Now you can see exhibitions on architecture and culture, as well as a tour of the old prison cells.

Annecy Castle

Chateau d’Annecy

Chateau d’Annecy is another famous landmark that rises beautifully above the old town. The castle was built between the 12th and 16th centuries and was the residence of the Counts of Geneva. The oldest part of the castle is the Tower de la Reine, which dates back to the 13th century. From the 17th century until the first half of the 20th century there were soldiers’ barracks here. The castle is now a museum with exhibitions on the art and history of the region.

Saint-Pierre Cathedral

St. Pierre Cathedral

The Cathedral of Saint Pierre is a Renaissance and Gothic cathedral of the 16th century, which was not fully completed until the 19th century. The church contains a number of interesting Baroque works of art and objects. Adjacent to the Cathedral is the 18th-century Archbishop’s Palace.

Sainte-Claire Gate

Sainte-Claire Gate

The Sainte-Claire Gate is one of the entrances to the Old City. There is a clock on the facade of the tower.

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Sainte-Maurice is a Gothic church from the 15th century which contains a number of interesting paintings from the same period.

Basilique de la Visitation

Basilica de la Visitation

Basilica de la Visiting is a neo-Gothic church built in the early 20th century.

Pont de l'Amour

Pont de Amour

The Pont de Amour (Lovers’ Bridge) is an early 20th century pedestrian bridge with a beautiful view of the lake. It is believed that if lovers kiss in the middle of the bridge, they will be together for life.

Interesting tours

Grand Tour of Montmartre

From €105 for a guided tour

Grand Tour of Montmartre

The Moulin Rouge, Dalida’s house, the Villa Léandre, the Chateau des Mistes and other famous Bohemian places

The fabulous Louvre for children from 6 years old

from €130 for a guided tour

The Louvre for children ages 6 and up

An educational but not boring adventure which will be memorable for young travelers

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