Annecy is located in the southeast of France. It is one of the largest cities in the Upper Savoy region. Annecy is located in one of the most picturesque places between the lake and the Alps, 35 km from Geneva. Once these lands belonged to the Duchy of Geneva. However, after the French Revolution, the entire Savoy region passed to France along with the city of Annecy.
This dear French town, despite its apparent simplicity, attracts thousands of tourists every year. The reason for this is quite simple, that Annecy is a great opportunity to see with your own eyes alpine beauty without the highest Swiss prices. Of course, this city has a unique medieval charm with cobbled streets, canals, boats and old houses in the center.
How to get to Annecy?
The easiest way to get to Annecy is not from French territory, but from Geneva. From Geneva, daily buses leave 5 times a day. Travel time takes about an hour. The nearest international airport is also located in Geneva and on the new highway from it to Annecy a little more than half an hour. In France, the nearest airports are in Lyon and Grenoble. Annecy has its own airport, but it serves flights from Paris only. In addition, you can get to Annecy by direct train from Paris or Lyon.
Sights of Annecy
Many tourists and travelers call Annecy “Alpine Venice”. The city received such a nickname thanks to the many bridges, canals and boats scurrying around the city. The landscapes here amaze the imagination of everyone who comes here. An amazing combination of unique alpine nature, the purest air and the spirit of a medieval city gives an unforgettable experience.
Of course, in addition to the beautiful nature, Annecy is also rich in various attractions. The main one, and perhaps the most famous, is the Island Palace of the 12th century. Every tourist and traveler who has visited Annecy must have a selfie in the background with a palace, where counts and dukes lived in the middle ages. Today it houses a museum of alpine popular art. The museum’s collection contains sculptures and paintings, 15th century furniture, a photo archive and models of alpine chalets. The oldest part of the castle’s construction is the Queen’s Tower. Today an observatory is open here. From the terrace in front of the castle offers beautiful views of the Old Town of Annecy.
In addition, you can also visit:
- Annecy Lake;
- Lovers Bridge;
- Church of St. Maurice;
- Montrotier Castle
Hotels in Annecy
Hotels in Annecy offer a variety of accommodation options, both in rooms and in apartments and villas. Any tourist will be able to find a suitable option for the price and comfort class. Compared to Swiss prices, hotels in Annecy are more affordable. You can also take advantage of discounts by booking in advance.