The « Venice of the Alps » is the name given to Annecy, a city renowned throughout Europe for its old streets and canals. This charming city between lake and mountains will seduce you in all seasons.
Its old town known for its castle, its old prisons at the Palais de l’Isle, its cobbled streets and stone houses with arcades abound with cafés and restaurants with sunny terraces, always full of flowers in summer.
In the town centre, you will find many top brand boutiques, a charming setting for a shopping trip.
For lovers of postcard landscapes, let yourself be captivated by the translucent blue waters of Lake Annecy reflecting the surrounding mountains. Let yourself be tempted by a stroll from the Gardens of Europe via the Pont des Amours. If you feel like it, hang up a small padlock as a good luck charm, then continue on to the gardens of the 4* Impérial Palace, home to international events all year round.
For the more sporty, a wide range of activities are on offer: from a segway on the lakeside to paragliding, Annecy is one of the best known sites in Europe for the practice of unusual activities. If you wish to combine the charms of the mountains and the lake, opt for a bike tour of the lake, a pedal boat ride or a boat trip on the transparent waters of the enchanting bay of Talloires. Discover the Mont Veyrier by mountain bike or visit the Menthon-Saint-Bernard castle, a jewel overlooking Lake Annecy which is said to have inspired Walt Disney for his film Sleeping Beauty.
Don’t leave without booking a table on the boat Le Libellule or enjoying an ice cream at the Glacier des Alpes. In August, attend the Fête du Lac event, a pyrotechnics show renowned throughout Europe.
Not far from the ski resorts and close to major international cities such as Geneva or Lyon, Annecy is a destination to discover and rediscover for a timeless break.
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