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Annecy
Travel Guide

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

Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
4 out of 5
15, Boulevard de la Corniche, Annecy, Haute-Savoie
The price is CA $167 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
This family-friendly Annecy hotel is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plage des Marquisats, Lake Annecy, and Annecy Castle. Massif des Bauges Regional ...
4/5Very Good! (275 reviews)
"Tres bel hotel et situation, super restaurant un delice! Spa agreable mais un peu petit pour la frequentation. Chambre standard petite surtout au niveau de la salle de bain"

Reviewed on Oct. 29, 2019

Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
Hotel Kyriad Annecy Sud - Cran Gevrier
Hotel Kyriad Annecy Sud - Cran Gevrier
3 out of 5
Za Le Levray - 72 Route De Creuses, Annecy, Haute-Savoie
The price is CA $78 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Cran-Gevrier, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Musee-Chateau, Lake Annecy, and Annecy Castle. Notre-Dame-de-Liesse Church and Palais de l Ile are ...
3.6/5Good! (337 reviews)
"Have stayed at other Kyriad hotel, which was excellent. However this Hotel is very old and has not been fixed since a very long time. Room was very small, very worn. The staff was friendly, but the room dirty and very worn. The *** is not accurate. Location is next to supermarket, a bit difficult ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 30, 2019

Hotel Kyriad Annecy Sud - Cran Gevrier
Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
4 out of 5
2, place Marie Curie, Annecy
The price is CA $131 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly residence is within a 10-minute walk of Centre Commercial Courier and Lake Annecy. Annecy Castle is 0.6 mi (1 km) ...
4.2/5Very Good! (700 reviews)
"Hotel was under renovations. Only one of two elevators was working and was very slow. Hallway carpets were worn / tired. However, staff and location were excellent, as was the actual room itself."

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
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.
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
3 out of 5
Rue Thalberg 4, Geneva, GE
The price is CA $141 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Downtown Geneva, this eco-friendly residence is within a 10-minute walk of Brunswick Monument and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations ...
4/5Very Good! (407 reviews)
"This is a pretty good option for a few days. The staff I dealt with were great. I wish the booking info made it clearer that the room has a pull down bed. It's pretty heavy. The wifi wasn't good enough for work calls, which is a major drawback in these work-from-home days. The kitchen is fairly well ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
The Hamlet
The Hamlet
5 out of 5
12 Rue Etienne-Dumont, Geneva, GE
Located in Geneva Old Town, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place du Bourg-de-Four and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United ...
The Hamlet
Séjours & Affaires Saint Genis
Séjours & Affaires Saint Genis
2 out of 5
73 rue Blaise Pascal, Saint-Genis-Pouilly
The price is CA $85 per night from Jun 11 to Jun 11
Situated in Saint-Genis-Pouilly, this residence is within 3 mi (5 km) of CERN, Microcosm, and National Nature Reserve of High Jura Mountain. Palexpo and Vivarium ...
4.1/5Very Good! (84 reviews)
Tout ce qu'il faut
"l'appartement est plutôt spacieux et il y a tout ce qu'il faut."

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2019

Séjours & Affaires Saint Genis
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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Oct 5, 2019

Nice for a day trip.

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Sep 26, 2019

Recommend to others. A fabulous must see.

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Aug 29, 2019

Beautiful setting. Very busy in late August.

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Jul 27, 2019

A very nice place to visit!

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Jun 10, 2019

Outdoor markets add another dimension to city visit. Cute little place with shopping, ample selection of good eateries and very friendly people.

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Robyn

May 21, 2019

Very rude community Was so happy to leave and will never go back

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