France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Annecy, France Guide
Annecy has been popular for millennia, and it still is: a modern town with a charming medieval core set on a turquoise lake surrounded by dramatic mountains.




Annecy, on the Lac d'Annecy at the western edge of the French Alps (map), has one of the most dramatic settings and pleasant situations in France.

A major cultural capital of Haute-Savoie, Annecy takes its Savoy heritage seriously, as you will see in its dominant château, its medieval Vieille Ville (Old Town), and its fine historical and cultural museums.

Only 40 km (25 miles) south of Geneva, Switzerland, and 145 km (90 miles) east of Lyon, Annecy is nonetheless an alpine town, with the dramatic mountains to prove it.

People come here for its beautiful situation, fine culture, its lake, mountains, medieval atmosphere, and regional cuisine.

Besides the hilltop château, now a museum and gallery space, looming above the town, Annecy's most often-visited sites include the medieval Palais de l'Île, formerly a prison, now a museum; the winding canals and rivers running through the city that earned it the name "Venice of Savoy;" and of course the wonderful lake, with its shore promenades, small swimming beach, boating, and beautiful lake-and-mountain views. More...

Self-catering flats/apartments are among the most popular lodgings, but there are plentiful hotels in all price ranges. More...

Transport to Annecy can take a little more time than one might imagine, so it's good to plan carefully. More...

Hotels in Annecy

Restaurants in Annecy

What to See & Do

Transport for Annecy

Tourist Information

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