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  • 1 Annecy Lake Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D909 F - 74000 Annecy

    Annecy lake, the jewel of the Alps and the Savoie region has a very seductive air about it, with summits which frame its dark blue waters. 17km long with an area of 2 800 ha and a depth of 45 m. Which are made up of two basins formerly seperated by a..

  • 2 Old Annecy Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Jean-Jacques-Rousseau F - 74000 Annecy

    By and large a pedestrian area -with houses in archways, circular Italian wells, quays, palaces and churches, there is a certain charm to this old quarter...an entourage or rare harmony.

  • 3 Palais de l'Île Recommended Recommended

    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), law courts and these days it houses Annecy's Heritage Centre. It makes for an attractive scene, with its forbi..

  • 4 Fier Gorges Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 74000 Annecy

    These well-known gorges are lined with galleries that seem to cling to the sheer walls of the gorges, carved out by the Fier below. After passing under two bridges, visitors leave the gorges and reach a cluster of beech trees. Carry on towards the be..

  • 5 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,..

  • 6 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)..

  • 7 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 ,

  • 8 Forêt du Crêt du Maure Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    D41 F - 74000 Annecy

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

  • 9 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..

  • 10 Annecy History museum

    Museums and art

    Rue Grenette F - 74000 Annecy

    The prestigious past of the town is recalled in the Island palace(Island palace). There you can see documents on the history of Savoie, a model of the of the town from the 18C. The cells that you pass recall the age when, not so long ago, the Palace ..

  • 11 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.

  • 12 Church of Our lady of Jubilation

    Religious buildings

    12 Place Notre-Dame F - 74000 Annecy

    This church has a tower which is extremely quaintly askew.

  • 13 Bonlieu Centre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. d'Albigny F - 74000 Annecy

    Built in 1981 in Bonlieu on the site of the old Cistercian convent, following the drawings of architect Maurice Novarina, this centre is home to the Tourist Office, a library, a theatre, a centre for cultural development and a centre for business dev..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Lover's bridge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pont des Amours F - 74000 Annecy

    Straddling the Vassé canal, this bridge volunteers a pretty view of the shady stretch of water, busy with small craft, on one side, and of the enchanting clump of trees on Swan Island (l'île des Cygnes) on the other.

  • 16 St.Maurice's Church

    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..

  • 17 Église St-François de Sales

    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..

  • 18 Bridge of the Thiou

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Perrière F - 74000 Annecy

    The curious building of the Island palace set in the middle of the Thiou in a bow shape. It's the most classic painting of old Annecy.

  • 19 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..

  • 20 St.Peter's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau F - 74000 Annecy

    Built in the 16C, this old Franciscan church became a cathedral in the 17C. It was the Cathedral of François de Sales. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who followed the lessons of the mistress, came here to sing and play the flute.

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