The Lake and the Old Town
crowded city, few parkings, tends to be expensive
A wonderful alpine town with much charm
For those with more energy than is necessary when you take a cruise, there are a number of water sports available. Or maybe you would prefer to sunbake on a deck chair on the pontoon. Water skiiing, kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding etc. They are all available, at a cost of course, but I am sure it would be worth the cost. You may prefer to...more
Fantastic walkway along the inside of the gorge. The walkway is attached to the wall of the gorge, not as scary as it sounds...it's quite secure. You probably need something of a head for heights. It's not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs and such. The walkway is mostly fairly flat; just the section at the other end of the gorge up a few...more
I've stayed here 3 times for business. The staff is very helpful and most speak good english. The...more
If you are coming into Annecy by train, this is a great place to stay. It's an easy walk from the...more
My son and his bride stayed at this Ibis for one night and had good things to say about the service....more
The food at La Galejade was well priced and very satisfactory. The service was very good as well. A good selection of wines and beers was also available at reasonable prices. All in all, not a bad choice for dinner at all especially since it is situated right beside the canal, making the outlook extremely pleasing as well.BUTJust as I was preparing...more
Annecy is paradise for devotees of good ice cream. My very best favourite ice cream shop (and I did try many of them in three days) was Glacier des Alpes which I could see from my hotel room.This shop was always packed with people, sometimes two and three deep at the counter and it didn't take me long to find out why. I asked for a tub with three...more
I chose this restaurant by virtue of its great location, which was right in the same building as my hotel.I found the food to be satisfactory but not particularly memorable. There was a Plat du Jour on offer at a reasonable price, but I opted for a Salad Nicoise which was passable and filled the gap.Service was OK and house wine was good.more
During our trip to Annecy, we took a taxi tour of the lake and city!It was wonderful, we saw it all, went on top of Col de la Forclaz to admire the whole lake, we enjoyed our english speaking driver. It was also nice to talk with a local person.The cost was around 60 euros for 3 hours, the name of the taxi is Taxi Massingy 06 60 91 01 01 in case...more
Annecy is only 30 miles south of Geneva and a beautiful drive I'm told.We took the TGV from Paris (Gare de Lyon) with a change of trains in Lyon. It took about 4 hours (370 miles). There was fantastic scenery all the way from Paris and even more so when we headed toward Annecy and the Alps.A one-way first-class ticket from Paris to Annecy this year...more
Annecy is not only a particularly lovely town in the south of France. It is also a haven for the serious shopaholic. In the centre of the town on a Saturday, the narrow streets are filled with stalls selling antiques and other fripperies. The scent of freshly baked pizza and pastries wafts through the air as you wind your way through the labyrinthian shopping precinct. Goods aren't particularly cheap, but you will find all sorts of wonderful things on which to spend your hard earnt Euro. Exquisite chocolates, high quality hats, bags, gloves, food, antiques. The ghastly souvenir ratio is way down against a high number of tasteful but expensive items.
Annecy is pretty enough to wander around with its canals and the backdrop of snow capped mountains in the distance. You get a really lovely feel for what the city must have been like hundreds of years ago, despite the modernities around you.
An antiques buff could spend a whole day rummaging through the fascinating range of goods in the outdoor stalls. Just make sure you take the time to really enjoy the experience!
What to buy: Antiques, hats, clothing accessories, gourmet foods.
147 ans d'une tradition lumineuse...C'est en 1860 qu'a lieu la première fête nocturne sur le lac d'Annecy. Elle est donnée en l'honneur de Napoléon III et de l'Impératrice Eugénie, venus célébrer la rattachement de la Savoie à la France. Depuis, la tradition s'est perpétuée. Et dès les années 1950, ce rendez-vous avec les feux de la nuit est devenu...more
Annecy is very safe in general. There is no reason to worry about violent crime. However, due to the high amount of tourism in the area, it's not as safe as I had led to believe. It almost lulls you into a false sense of security; but be wary of the groups of kids/ teens seemingly to be just "hanging around." that goes for adults too. We had a...more
A friend and his family visited the Chateau d'Annecy and left their valuables (passports, airline tickets and traveler's check) in the car in the parking lot. Someone smashed the window and made a good haul. My friend and his family (all five) had to drive back to Geneva to the embassy for new passports, airline tickets and cancel credits cards...more
Annecy has, on the whole, managed to avoid becoming a huge tourist trap, which is rather unsurprising considering its beauty and handiness to Geneva. That said, in summer the streets are filled to the brim with tourists, so I do recommend a late spring or autumn visit instead. There are a lot of shops selling postcards, snow globes and other nasty stuff, however most shops do in fact have some interesting bits and pieces amongst them.
Unique Suggestions: I did rather like the 'just add water' tshirts, which are a tshirt that has been compressed into something the size of a block of soap. Just add water and the tshirt expands to full size.
The quality of the shops have improved, with a wider range of good quality products for sale. Overpriced but lovely lace abounds and the shops with jams, soaps and other 'hand made' products are probably where I would drop my tourist dollar.
Fun Alternatives: Oh I am not saying that this tourist trap is no fun - even with the crowds, Annecy is a gorgeously beautiful town!
Luggage and bags:
Backpacks when you are tracking or sportsbags when you go camping.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dress lightly in summer. It can get really warm here.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring along your toothbrush lol! No, seriously bring along some plasters and anti-mosquito cream.
Photo Equipment: Films are available here.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Your tent or caravan, unless you hired a tent. When hiring a tent, just bring some food and sleeping bags with you.
Located just 5kms from Annecy, is the lakeside town of Sevrier.Here, is the beautiful neo-gothic St. Blaise Church, that was built in 1887.We stopped here, and I had a look at the Church inside and out, then went for a little walk. The view's over the lake to the Mountain's are excellent, a good location for some nice photo's.more
Just 30kms from Annecy we came across Lac Du Bourget, the largest and the deepest lake in France.The lake has a few River's that enter it, the main one is the River Leysse. It was interesting to read that a Fish named [Bezoule] was found in this Lake, and is now extinct. I thought it was a lovely area. We pulled up at Lakeside park, where there...more
The town of Andilly (which is not too far from Annecy) holds a medieval faire each spring starting the weekend of Pentecost (end of May normally) and also the following weekend. The area where this fair is held is a beautiful woodland, with little encampments in the clearings and mock villages set up and real people acting out the roles of knights,...more
My husband enjoys competitive racing, he usually does several triathalons, 5K runs and long distance swim races every summer so this seemed like a perfect way for him to combine a vacation to Europe and participate in a race.The Traverse du Lac is set on the beautiful Lac d'Annecy every year on August 15th, the cliffs towering over the start, the...more
Dans les Aravis, superbe massif pré-alpin, les parois calcaires dominent les pâturages vert tendre, façonnant un paysage de montagne à la fois doux et élancé où la verticalité se parcoure avec harmonie. Au menu du week end : 1 nuit en auberge ou centre de vacances en demi-pension, 2 déjeuners (pique-niques), 1/2 journée dans la via ferrata des...more
Hébergements dans une chambre d'hôtes haut de gamme, face à la vallée dans une ancienne ferme savoyarde. Chambre de charme, TV, salle de bains, wc privé, balcon ou terrasse, salon avec cheminée, jardin.Séjour de 2 nuits, ce séjour comprend :- Hébergement pour 2 personnes pour 2 nuits en 1/2 pension - Baptême en parapente au dessus de la vallée de...more
Annecy once had it's own paddle steamer, "Le France". Built in 1909, it became the symbol of the lake during the Belle Epoque. In the sixties, the ship stopped sailing while the cost became too high. Also it was a terrible polluter; it needed more than a ton of charcoal / day. The ship started it's second life as café- theatre at the shore. But a...more
Le château, facade côté ville Par sa silhouette, le château d'Annecy s'inscrit tantôt dans un décor de montagnes, tantôt comme un signal se détachant sur l'horizon. Il demeure l'élément majeur de notre patrimoine archéologique. De gauche à droite, la tour Perriére qui domine le lac, alors que les tours Saint-Paul et Saint-Pierre font face à la...more