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  • 1 Annecy Lake Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D909 F - 74000 Annecy

    Lake Annecy, the jewel of the Alps of Savoie, makes for a gorgeous sight, set against the mountain peaks that frame its dark blue waters. Covering an area of 2 800ha, it is 15km long and has an average depth of 41m. You can swim or sail in the lake, ..

  • 2 Old Annecy Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Jean-Jacques-Rousseau F - 74000 Annecy

    The Thiou and the Vassé, from where the waters of the lake escape, snake through the old town, which is nicknamed the "Venice of Savoie". With the Palais de l'Île, this pedestrian area dons the vibrant colours of Sardinia. The two churches ..

  • 3 Rue Ste-Claire Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Ste-Claire F - 74000 Annecy

    This sinuous street, the main street of the old town, is flanked with warmly coloured houses with arches. at n° 18 you will see, the old town house of the president, Antoine Favre, the father of Vaugelas - the first base of the académie florimentane,..

  • 4 Annecy chateau-museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    pl. du Château F - 74000 Annecy

    The old residence of the counts of Geneva and the dukes of Genevois-Nemours possesses a range of buildings which were used from the 12 to the 16C. and then left abandoned. This chateau houses the Regional alpine lakes observatory (in the Stone Tower)..

  • 5 Europe Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    pl. St-François-de-Sales F - 74000 Annecy

    This public garden laid out in an arboretum has a large number of species from Europe, America and Asia, noteworthy are the giant sequoias and a gingko biloba ,

  • 6 Forêt du Crêt du Maure Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    D41 F - 74000 Annecy

    Encompassing Semnoz's last promontory, this forest whose existence is entirely down to reafforestation, has a network of tourist paths that lead you to a number of viewing points over Lake Annecy. From the Chalet Super-Panorama, there is one of the p..

  • 7 Palais de l'Île Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 passage de l'Île F - 74000 Annecy

    Built on an island in the 12C, the residence of the counts of Geneva has been the state mint, a prison (last in use during the Occupation) and the courthouse. These days it houses the Architecture and Heritage Centre (Centre d'interprétation de l'arc..

  • 8 Montrottier Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    60 allée du Château F - 74330 Lovagny

    The castle stands on an isolated mound between the Fier and its former bed, known as the "Grande Fosse". Built between the 13C and 16C, it is a fine specimen of Savoyard military architecture; a 36m/118ft-tall round keep towers over it. The..

  • 9 Annecy Architecture and Heritage Interpretation Centre

    Museums and art

    Rue Grenette F - 74000 Annecy

    The Centre d'interprétation de l'architecture et du patrimoine charts the town's evolution and the appropriation of the territory through theme-based exhibitions. From the rural world to the urban landscape, discover the different faces of Annecy. Th..

  • 10 Annecy Manufacture

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la République F - 74000 Annecy

    Renewed and given back to the pedestrians, this islet which centres around the small Sainte-Claire Square and Volland square bordering the pleasant quay des Clarisses, It takes its name from a mill fitted into the old convent des Clarisses in 1805.

  • 11 Church of Our lady of Jubilation

    Religious buildings

    12 Place Notre-Dame F - 74000 Annecy

    Totally reworked between 1794 and 1851, from the early church the bell tower and a Flamboyant Gothic window on the south side remain today. In 1388, the Pope of Avignon, Clement VII, founded a septennial holy year, known as the "grand pardon of ..

  • 12 Bonlieu Centre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. d'Albigny F - 74000 Annecy

    The Centre Bonlieu is home to the tourist office and Bonlieu Scène National, which hosts in particular the International Animated Film Festival and Annecy's Italian Cinema Festival. The centre's glass façades, designed by Savoie architects Maurice No..

  • 13 Albigny Avenue

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. d'Albigny F - 74000 Annecy

    This royal avenue lined with century-old plane trees is recalled in the ancient «pasquier», as a stretch of greenery which was once adored by the people of Annecy as a place for walking. Recessed on the left you will see the court of justice - a stri..

  • 14 St.Maurice's Church of Annecy

    Religious buildings

    quai Eustache F - 74000 Annecy

    Built in the 15C for the Dominicans, this Church is a regional landmark because of its hanging roof. The very wide Gothic nave is typical of preaching orders. The side chapels are decorated with armorial bearings and coats of arms. In front and to th..

  • 15 St François de Sales Church, Annecy

    Religious buildings

    Place St-François-de-Sales F - 74000 Annecy

    Its baroque façade was previously decorated with statues. The old church of the Monastery of the Visitation used to contain the tombs of François de Sales and St Jean de Chantal, whose former resting places you can see designated by grilles. Today th..

  • 16 Old Episcopa palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau F - 74000 Annecy

    The building of this palace in 1874 involved getting rid of the house of Madame de Warens (1700-1762), protector and mistress of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Admirers of the writer have placed a bust of Jean-Jacques in the courtyard where they first met, a..

  • 17 St.Peter's Cathedral of Annecy

    Religious buildings

    Rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau F - 74000 Annecy

    Built in the 16C, this old Franciscan church became a cathedral in 1822. It was the Cathedral of François de Sales. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who took lessons with the mistress, came here to sing and play the flute.

  • 18 CITIA (Annecy City of Moving Images)

    Museums and art

    18 av. de Trésum F - 74000 Annecy

    This museum is housed in the chapel of the Conservatoire d'Art et d'Histoire de la Haute-Savoie, itself installed in the former Grand Séminaire. It focuses on history, art and the techniques behind animated images. Thanks to the inventive and interac..

  • 19 Basilica of the visitation

    Religious buildings

    11 av. de la Visitation F - 74000 Annecy

    This sanactuary, built in 1930, attracts many pilgrims for the Saint François celebrations (24th January) and during the Great novena (grande neuvaine) in August. Lavishly decorated inside, the sanctuary keeps relics of St François de Sales and St Je..

  • 20 Charles-Bosson Park

    Nature and gardens

    av. d'Albigny F - 74000 Annecy

    This 2 ha park adorned with beautiful trees and an aviary, has a lakeside sports complex, and an old luxury hotel now used as a conference hall after which the park is named.

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