The Castle was four hundred years in the building. The construction started in the 12th century and it was finally completed inthe 16th century. In the 13th century however, it became the residence of the counts of Geneva.
It was given over to the town of Annecy in 1953 and after extensive restoration became a museum.
The Castle gate and the Perriere Lodge which are also part of the complex, are now home to the Alpine Lakes regional Laboratory.
The Castle is regarded by some as the historical icon of Annecy and well it may be. I still think the Palais de L'Isle is more of an icon where Annecy is concerned.
The Chateau is a restored castle in the old French town of Annecy. A listed Historic Monument, we happened to come across it when looking for a car park!
The Castle, built between the 12th & 16th centuries, was actually bought by the town in 1953, restored and transformed into a museum.
It was used as the residence of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours. Ravaged by fires, the castle was abandoned in the 17th century and later repaired to serve as a barracks until 1947.
The castle consists of several towers, the Queen's Tower, the Treasure Tower, the Tower of St. Peter, the Tower of St. Paul, and the Perriere's Tower, plus the are several other building's and a courtyard with a well. From the castle terrace there is a view over the old town with its narrow streets and decorated roofs.
October 1 to May 31st...Every day except Tuesday from 10am to 12pm and from 14h to 5pm
June 1 to September 30... Every day from 10:30 to 6pm
ADMISSION IN 2011.....
CASTLE-MUSEUM....Adult's 5 euros
FREE 1st Sunday of the month from October 1 to May 31
The castle, former residence of the Counts of Geneva, is now a museum with several collections of paintings and remains of woodworking and farming in the Alps. A part of the castle explains the history of the lake and shows the fish in the lake. Furthermore there is a room with a temporary exposition.
I prefered the rooms with the old wooden Alpine furniture.
Annecy Castle and the Palais de L'isle are the two main attractions of Annecy, and you can buy a combined ticket to visit both (which we did).
The Château was the home of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours, a side arm of the House of Savoie (12th-16th century).
Now it it is home of the Art and History Conservatory of Annecy and even has a small Aquarium in one of its buildings.
The Chateau d'Annecy has been a bastion on the hill since the 12th century. More recently, it was transformed into a Museum of Savoyard history and modern art. Despite its elevation, I wasn't able to find a window with much of a good view (not surprisingly considering this originally was a fortified castle). Also, in regards to the museum, there were some interesting historical items, but the majority of the displays were modern sculptures and paintings. Let's just say they were very unconventional.
Cost: 4.70 euro for adults; only 1.50 or students and kids.
Bottom-line: Nice to walk around the grounds, but if you're on a budget, the museum probably isn't worth it
The castle, with its several towers, is a reminder of the glorious structure the military fort must have had when it was constructed in the 11th century by the Prince of Savoy. Nowadays the annual Animated Film Festival takes place in the castle.
The Chateau d'Annecy sits on a mound of limestone of the Semnoz mountain overlooking the rooftops of the town and Lake Annecy - a beautiful view. It was originally a stronghold. The oldest part is the Queens Tower which dates back to the 13th century. In 1394 the chateau became the official residence of the Counts of Geneva and remained so until the end of the family line. Then came the Dukes of Savoy who were their successors. They stayed until the 18th century, then the chateau was abandoned. It was turned into barracks in 1742 and remained so until 1947.
The other dwellings date back to different eras. On the extreme right as you enter is the most imposing building, the Perrière Tower, is the work of Amédée VIII, first Duke of Savoie, which dates back to 1445.
The Chateau houses a museum that follows the history of the Annecy.