Annecy is a sizeable town in the Haute Savoie area of the Alps, in southeast France. It is located just 35km south of Geneva, at the northern end of Lake Annecy, which is known for its pure turquoise waters and abundant wildlife. Annecy’s location and unique heritage make it one of the most beautiful resorts on the French Alps.
The Old Town is rich in wonderful architecture and sights due to it once being the capital of the county of Geneva and later part of the influential House of Savoy. For a time the region was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia before being sold to France in 1860.
This historic alpine town is surrounded by mountains including Le Mont Veyrier, La Tournette, Le Semnoz and Le Parmelan. Popular for skiing and winter sports, it was considered as a possible host for Winter Olympics 2018. It has also hosted a stage of the Tour de France cycle race.
The prime attraction in Annecy is the 12th century Palais de l’Isle with its conical roofs, located on an island in this “Venice of Savoie”. The palace has become Annecy’s iconic symbol and one of the most photographed monuments in France. Annecy Chateau, former home of the Dukes and Counts of Geneva, now houses the Art and History Conservatory of Annecy. The 16th century Cathedral Saint-Pierre has wonderful baroque features and artworks and the European Gardens make a wonderful green oasis.