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Annecy (map) is located in the Rhone-Alpes region on the bank of the lake that bears its name, in the northern French Alps, 50km north of *Chambery, and 40km south of Geneva (Switzerland).

The medieval town centre built around a 14th-century chateau is dissected by small canals and streams running out of Lac Annecy, which is clean, fresh and a wonderful azure colour. Nicknamed the “Pearl of French Alps” in Raoul Blanchard’s monograph describing its location between lake and mountains.

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From the end of the 19th century, Annecy developed tourism around its lake summer facilities, winter resorts proximity and cultural attraction with its castle renovation and fine art museum opening in 1956.

Palais de l’Isle (map) is a 12th-century castle on an island in the river Thiou in Annecy’s administrative headquarters. It mostly served as a prison and courthouse until the French Revolution. It again was a prison during World War II. The Palais de l’Ile was classified as a Historical Monument in 1900, and today houses a local history museum.

Annecy Castle (Château d’Annecy, map). On a hill overlooking the city and the surroundings. The building houses a museum with a varied collection of medieval, nineteenth-century, and contemporary art; traditional local furniture; and natural history.

Saint Peter’s Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, map). Erected at the beginning of the 16th century by Jacques Rossel as a chapel for a Franciscan priory. It has many examplars of Baroque art and also features a splendid organ of the 19th century.

Saint-Maurice Church (Église Saint-Maurice, map). Built in flamboyant Gothic style in the 15th century. Its paintings date back to the 15th and 16th century.

April: A cozy village festival is held, a great place to bring the family. Rides and vendors are abundant, along with the great French cuisine. The festival lines Lac Annecy and is very peaceful and beautiful.


Public transport.

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Ten TER Rhône-Alpes trains operated by SNCF leave daily for Annecy from the Gare de Part-Dieu in Lyon, leaving around every two hours from 07:00 to 21:00.

Three or four through trains per day run all the way from Paris Gare de Lyon, taking around 3 hours 40 minutes. Fares are variable depending on how far in advance you book. A larger number of potential journeys are possible changing at Lyon Part-Dieu.

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The ULTIMATE Travel Guide: Annecy, France.

Annecy gives off the vibes of a fairy-tale setting, with white swans swimming through tranquil rivers and snowcapped mountains in the background. Once there, you will love meandering across town and discovering the town’s picturesque beauty.

Annecy, known as the “Venice of the Alps” because of its lovely rivers, is a jewel of the historic Savoy region in the heart of the northern French Alps. Beautiful natural areas and world-class ski resorts are nearby. The breathtaking backdrop stimulates outdoor activities, and comfortable chalets and old-fashioned eateries welcome visitors in true alpine flair.

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