Annecy, in a sublime setting between lake and mountains, is located in the northern part of the French Alps. It is one of the most beautiful cities in France with its turquoise lake and snow-capped mountains. In a mountainous environment, you can stay in an Annecy Centre hotel for easy access to all the activities of the old town.
Annecy is an ideal destination for your visits, with its canals, folkloric streets and houses decorated with geraniums. People usually come here to admire its medieval architecture and its various leisure activities. Even in winter, the place has plenty to offer tourists. But what to do in Annecy? If you are planning a short stay in the Venice of the Alps, we invite you to discover its must-sees.
Admire the old town of Annecy
Annecy owes its nickname of Venice of the Alps to its narrow cobbled streets, canals and undying charm. During your visit, you can stroll along its cobblestones, stroll past its opulent buildings, and walk along its beautiful canals. The city is also full of picturesque coffee shops and small boutiques. You will also have the opportunity to visit a boutique hotel in Annecy to buy some nice souvenirs.
In addition, you can also discover the architectural treasures of the city with the 4 bell towers. It is a real postcard where it is possible to take photos to immortalise the moment. Finally, history buffs will be delighted to explore this old town. From the Palais de l’Isle to the Conservatoire d’Art et d’Histoire, to the famous Château d’Annecy.
The Art and History Conservatory
This place houses several cultural services of the Haute-Savoie departmental council. You will discover various collections, notably 17th century paintings, and a rehearsal room for the orchestra of the Savoie countries. The place also houses an exhibition on animated films, the Gobelins school and a branch of the IEP in Grenoble. A must for an enriching interlude during the visit of the old town.
The Isle Palace
The Isle Palace is an intriguing monument with its fanciful turrets and fascinating history. Situated on a triangular island on the Thiou canal, it was first used as a seigneurial residence, then as a courthouse and later as a prison. Today, it has become a famous building that serves as an exhibition site on the architecture and heritage of the Annecy area. You can then make a short stopover there to discover the history of the city and enrich your knowledge. Moreover, it is easier to get there by choosing an Annecy hotel near the Palais de l’Isle.
The Château d’Annecy offers a visit in a very historical setting. It also makes the reputation of the city, in addition to the architecture and heritage treasures. It is a monument dating from the 12th century, symbolised today by the Queen’s Tower. It is also the oldest witness to the city’s past. Within the castle, you will find a museum that houses traditional Savoyard art, local crafts and the natural history of the Alps.
The Thiou Canal
The curious will find much to satisfy their desire in the Thiou canal. With its colourful facades, original houses and clear waters, this is a place of stunning beauty. There are many walking paths leading to the lake. You can also discover and contemplate the Jardins de l’Europe by following the paths. And this superb green space will then take you to the Pont des Amours to finish in the Paquier.
Lake Annecy is a real treasure of nature. It is considered the most beautiful and purest lake in Europe. You can admire it from the terrace of an Annecy hotel near the lake. A hotel with a view of Annecy will also allow you to contemplate all its splendour. Its particularly exceptional setting makes for a real postcard edge. But the contemplation is only reserved for the winter. On sunny days, the place calls for many fun and entertaining activities for young and old. Swimming, relaxing, diving, water sports, cruising or fishing, there is something for everyone.
A game of paddle
To enjoy more of the rare panorama of Lake Annecy, you can opt for a stand-up paddle session. This activity allows you to float quietly on the water and admire the beauty of the topaz water. A change of scenery is guaranteed as you enjoy the beauty of the area while practising a sporting activity.
A segway ride
To visit Annecy in a different way, a segway ride is perfect. This original activity allows you to discover the old town and its surroundings in a fun and original way. It is also an opportunity to practice a little sport or simply to have fun. Afterwards, you can relax in a charming Annecy hotel by taking advantage of the various relaxation services.
A bike tour
Between the lake and the mountains, Annecy is a great place for cycling. Lovers of cycling will be able to practice this activity in complete serenity while discovering the attractions of the town.
Local gastronomy is one of Annecy’s many attractions. Cheeses, terrines, sausages, Savoyard fondue or tartiflette, there is a wide variety to tempt the taste buds of the most gourmands. You can enjoy them in the restaurant of an Annecy city centre hotel such as the Petit Palais de l’Isle Annecy.