Coiled between lake and mountains, Annecy deserves its nickname of "Venice of the Alps". This harmonious city allows you to travel through time, from prehistory to the present day, before following in the tracks of the Princes of Savoy and eating next to the purest lake of Europe, while enjoying the numerous festivals and cultural animations. The city is also turned towards sports: the ski resorts are near the city and accessible by bus, and a biking trail goes all around the lake and lets you explore the shores.


Shops in Annecy generally open from 9:00 to 19:00 (Monday to Saturday), but the smaller ones may close between 12:00 and 14:00 and remain closed on Mondays. On Sundays and public holidays, every shop is closed. Supermarkets opening times may differ depending on the neighbourhood.

The City

Welcome to Annecy, the jewel of the Haute-Savoie department. Between lake and mountains, between Italy and Switzerland, this city is blessed by a luxurious nature and bathed by a romantic light. The medieval streets and arcades of the old town will let you feel like walking around in a fairy tale. Even if it was founded in the Prehistoric times and expanded by the Romans, the asset we know today is mostly due to the influence of the Dukes of Savoy, from the 15th century. Annecy was also a centre of the Calvinist counter-Reform which lead the Catholic Church to increase its presence in the city: as a result, several churches were built and a monastery was founded. The Sardinian period, in the 19th century, led Annecy to its industrial revolution: a lot of factories were created, such as paper and clothing industries. Taken by France in 1860, the industrialisation kept on and the city started to become attractive to tourists. Nowadays, Annecy is an influential city, turned mostly towards tourism and culture: the International Film Festival for Animation and the International Film Festival for Italian Movies are organised each year and attract thousands of visitors.

Do & See

Discovering Annecy is like wandering in a romantic fairy tale. The castle, the gates, the arches are a perfect setting to stroll around. The lovely canals leading to the purest lake of Europe and all the cultural events draw 2.5 million visitors each year.

Take a break from all the sightseeing and enjoy a hot cup of coffee in one of the lovely cafes this city has to offer. Whether you choose a view over the lake or of the old town, one thing is sure: you will love it.

The City Map

Things to do in the city
Explore the different options in the area
Palais de l'Île
Annecy Castle
Lovers' Bridge
The Old Town
Jardins de l'Europe
Basilica of the Visitation
Le Pâquier
Lake Festival
Perrière Bridge
Eglise Saint-François de Sales
Lake Annecy
Annecy Cathedral
Venetian Carnival
The Thiou
International Animation Film Festival
Conservatoire for Art and History
Les Noctibules