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Annecy's Surrounding Area

Annecy's Surrounding Area

By car, 46 km, 1 day

Annecy is located on the shores of a lake facing one of the most outstanding viewpoints of mountains and water in the French Alps. The surrounding area is well worth visiting. In particular, the Col de Forclaz, Col du Crêt de Châtillon (the highest peak in the Crêt du Maureforest), the Mont Veyrier with its exceptional panoramas of the lake, Les Bauges, and famous peaks such as the Mont-Blanc, Mont Viso and the Massif de la Vanoise.

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Annecy

Annecy
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Europe Gardens   Interesting

Pl. St-François-de-Sales 74000 Annecy
Nature and gardens

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 ,

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Palais de l'Île   Worth a detour Worth a detour

R. Grenette 74000 Annecy
Architecture, castles and historic districts

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 forbidding walls reflected on the smooth waters of the Thiou.

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Fier Gorges   Worth a detour Worth a detour

74000 Annecy
Nature and gardens

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 belvedere located on the furthest overhanging rocky promontory and admire the "sea of rocks", where the presence of a layer of tender earth under the chalky table has resulted in the formation of wild tormented shapes and immense boulders.

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Montrottier Castle   Interesting

74000 Annecy
Architecture, castles and historic districts

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 castle houses important collections, bequeathed, along with the castle itself, to the Académie Florimontane by Léon Marès: weapons, armoury, earthenware, porcelain, Far Eastern ceramics, antique furniture and four 16C bronze reliefs by Nuremberg artists, Peter and Hans Vischer.

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Menthon-Saint-Bernard

Menthon-Saint-Bernard
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Château de Menthon Saint-Bernard   Interesting

D 269 74290 Menthon-Saint-Bernard
Architecture, castles and historic districts

At the upper end of the town, not far from Lake Annecy, this château seems to soar into the sky as if wishing to emulate the surrounding peaks. Robust yet refined, this 11C-15C building was extensively reworked in the 19C. St Bernard de Menthon, founder of the Hospice du Grand-St-Bernard was born here in the 11C. Visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of the lake form the terrace.

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Col de la Forclaz   Worth a detour Worth a detour

74210 Montmin
Nature and gardens

From the belvedere of a small café (alt 1 150m), there is superb view of Lake Annecy. Its outline seems strangely winding at the foot of the Taillefer, "disfigured" by an enormous quarry. Note the shallow bank just off Duingt, occupied by lake-dwellings in prehistoric times, which casts a yellowish shadow on the deep blue waters of the lake. On the horizon it is possible to make out the ridges of the Vuache Mountain and the southern Jura.

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