|Annecy Vieille Ville, Old Annecy, France
|Annecy's Vieille Ville is charming, historic, colorful, and very popular!
The Vieille Ville, or old town, of Annecy is one of the main attractions of the town. Crowded in among the canals, this section is full of narrow streets and passageways, as well as flower-decked bridges over canals.
Old Annecy is also home to many restaurants, ranging from simple crêperies and ice cream shops to elegant dining rooms—plus everything in between. If you want to try raclette or fondue, you'll find plenty of options here, along with broader fare.
There are also lots of shops of various kinds. Although many are aimed at tourists, there are also "real" shops frequented by the local residents. You'll find delicious regional cheeses, a variety of hams and sausages, and other culinary treats among the offerings under the arcades and along the mostly pedestrian streets.
Two of the town's main attractions are also located in the Vieille Ville. The Palais de l'Ile is flanked by two canals, and the nearby bridge is a popular spot for photographing this iconic building. More...
The Vieille Ville is a great place to just wander and take in the flavor. Many of the old buildings are painted in bright colors, which are reflected in the canals and the river. And there are lots of flowers in season, particularly on the bridges.
Old Annecy is popular at any time of year, but in summer it can really be packed. Some people report that on August weekends it can take 20 minutes to walk from one point to another—a trip that would normally take 2-3 minutes. So if you are traveling in the summer, be prepared for crowds! Generally mornings are best for wandering, and the streets will fill up closer to meal times and in the afternoon.
Tip: Don't confuse Annecy's Vieille Ville with Annecy-le-Vieux, which is a separate suburb to the northeast of Annecy.