Lac d' Annecy Travel Guide

  • La beauté du Bleu du Lac dans les Alpes
    La beauté du Bleu du Lac dans les Alpes
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    Annecy, France
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    Annecy, France
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Lac d' Annecy Things to Do

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    by Beausoleil Written Apr 3, 2007

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    There is so much to see. We started at the lake because it was irresistible. The canal runs through the gardens and the river is on the other side. All of this is bordered by the lake and the mountains. Lac Annecy is supposed to be the cleanest lake in Europe and it is easy to believe this. It is clear and blue and beautiful.

    Walk through the gardens, across the Pont des Amours and up the river Thiou into Old Town. Then just wander streets finding interesting things. There are shops and galleries, restaurants, ice cream shops and even a violin shop. Look up because there are statues in niches above doors and windows.

    Rest at a cafe and have a glass of wine or a coffee while you watch the people walk past. Finally, wind your way up the hill to the chateau and enjoy the museum and the views from the top.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Arts and Culture
    • Castles and Palaces

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Lac d' Annecy Nightlife

  • by kazarre Written Apr 7, 2005

    The Bull, Garage, Red Zone and Happy People. I live in Annecy and have managed to get in the Happy People by complaining about the noise when they chuck people out as I live about 5 doors away. Sneaked in the Bull one night with a local and have attempted only once to get in the Garage - failed - which is probably a good thing. Been unfortunate enough to have actually entered the Red Zone. Reason for non-entry - complet (lie) or foreign (true). Quote: "would you let foreign people in your clubs" - well yes London clubs would be empty. I have never heard of three girls getting turned away from a club. Hilarious. Out of all of them Happy People is the best.

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    • Music
    • Gay and Lesbian

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Lac d' Annecy Favorites

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    by Klod5 Written May 13, 2007

    Favorite thing: Située à l’extrême sud du lac, c’est un havre de paix de 84 ha protégé depuis 1974. Deux rivières (l’Ire et l’Eau Morte) y coulent, et son territoire est couvert de forêts et de roseaux sauvages. C’est un marais qui autrefois absorbait les variations de niveau du lac.

    Un sentier en bois permet de cheminer au cœur même du marais, entre les roseaux, pendant une demi-heure de marche, jusqu’à la Tour Beauvivier, vestige d’une maison forte du Moyen Âge.

    Les foulques, les grèbes huppés, les canards colvert, les lézards et 3 familles de castors ont fait du marais leur habitat. De nombreux oiseaux aquatiques viennent y hiverner et se reproduire. On peut y admirer le colchique, le houblon, le sceau de Salomon et des orchidées. Plus dur sera d’observer la rare gentiane pneumonanthe.

    Fondest memory:
    Situated to the south extreme of the lake, it is a havre of 84 ha peace protected since 1974. Two rivers (the Ire and the Dead water) flow there, and his/her/its territory is covered with forests and wild reeds. It is a swamp that absorbed the variations of level of the lake once.

    A trail in wood permits to walk to the very cœur of the swamp, between the reeds, during one half-hour of march, until the Tower Beauvivier, vestige of a strong house of the Middle Ages.

    The coots, the grèbes huppés, the ducks mallard, the lizards and 3 families of beavers made of the swamp their habitat. Many aquatic birds come to winter there and to reproduce. One can admire the autumn crocus, hops, the seal of Salomon and orchids, there. Harder will be to observe the rare gentian pneumonanthe.

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    • National/State Park
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism

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    by Klod5 Written May 13, 2007

    Favorite thing: La première description enthousiaste du lac d’Annecy figure dans "l’ode à la Savoie" écrit par Jacques Pelletier du Mans à partir de 1572. (rare exemplaire disponible à la Bibliothèque d’Annecy).
    De nombreux voyageurs découvrent le lac avant le développement du "tourisme" : Henri IV, Louis XIII, Richelieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Eugène Sue.
    Mais bientôt l’aristocratie anglaise découvre les Alpes et Annecy devient, sans l’avoir recherché, un centre de villégiature pour les excursions en montagne et les promenades sur l’eau :
    . En 1839, le premier bateau est lancé.
    . En 1859, 3760 "étrangers" fréquentent Annecy !
    . En 1860, la Savoie devient française, et la suppression de la frontière apporte son flux de visiteurs, si bien que la librairie Hachette publie le premier "Guide Bleu" consacré à la Savoie.
    Tout s’enchaîne alors : la construction de grands hôtels "Palaces", la création du Syndicat d’Initiative en 1895 (le second de France après Grenoble), les premières opérations de promotion en Angleterre… et en Russie !
    Le lac est "re-découvert" comme lieu de loisirs sportifs et non plus seulement comme un panorama : on inaugure la Plage en 1935, on crée des cercles de nautisme et on invente le ski nautique. Annecy devient "station climatique" en 1936.
    A partir des années 60, la recherche de grand air, puis d’eau pure, transforme le lac d’Annecy
    en un vaste espace naturel de loisirs où toutes les activités lacustres et montagnardes sont disponibles.
    Le tourisme aujourd’hui
    Aujourd’hui, les "types de séjour" sont extrêmement diversifiés, ce qui fait la richesse touristique d’Annecy et du lac, dans un mélange bien équilibré de visiteurs répartis sur toute l’année.

    Fondest memory:
    Small history of the tourism to the lake of Annecy
    The first enthusiastic description of the lake of Annecy appears in " The ode in the Savoie " writes by Jacques Pelletier of the Mans from 1572. (rare copy available to the Library of Annecy).
    Many travelers discover the lake before the development of the " tourism ": Henri IV, Louis XIII, Richelieu, Jean - Jacques Rousseau, Eugene Sue,.
    But soon the English aristocracy discovers the Alps and Annecy becomes, without having searched for it, a center of holiday for the excursions in mountain and the walks on water:
    . In 1839, the first boat is thrown.
    . In 1859, 3760 " strangers " frequent Annecy !
    . In 1860, the Savoie becomes French, and the suppression of the border brings its flux of visitors, so that the bookstore Hatchet publishes the first " Guide Bleu " dedicated to the Savoie.
    All links together then : the big hotels " Luxury hotel " construction, the creation of the tourist office in 1895 (the second of France after Grenoble), the first operations of promotion in England… and in Russia !
    The lake is " re-discovered " like place of sporty leisures and either only like a panorama: one inaugurates the Beach in 1935, one creates circles of nautisme and one invents the waterski. Annecy becomes " climatic " station in 1936.
    From the years 60, the research of big air, then of pure water, transform the lake of Annecy
    in a vast space natural of leisures where all lacustrine activities and highlanders are available.
    The tourism today
    Today, the " living " types are varied extremely, what makes the tourist wealth of Annecy and the lake, in a very balanced mixture of visitors distributed on all year round.

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    • Horse Riding
    • Historical Travel
    • Whale Watching

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    by Klod5 Written Nov 4, 2006

    Favorite thing: L'eau du lac d'Annecy est très pure car les montagnes qui l'entourent au sud, à l'ouest et à l'est, en font un lac fermé (sauf au nord). Ce n'est pas le cas du lac Léman et du lac du Bourget qui ne bénéficient pas de la même protection naturelle.

    Le lac d'Annecy est un lieu touristique très attractif, connu pour ses nombreuses activités : cyclisme (piste cyclable autour du lac) - natation et baignades - ski nautique, planche à voile et aviron - parapente et deltaplane - plongée sous-lacustre - spéléologie (grottes sous le Parmelan).


    The water of the lake of Annecy is very pure because the mountains that surround it at the south, to the west and to the East, make a closed lake of it (safe to the north). It is not the case of the Geneva lake and the lake of the Bourget that doesn't benefit from the same natural protection.

    The lake of Annecy is a very attractive tourist place, known for its numerous activities : cycling (track for cycles around the lake) - swimming and bathings - waterski, sailboard and oar - parapente and hang-glider - diving under lacustrine - caving (underground cave under the Parmelan).

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    • Fishing
    • Windsurfing
    • Water Sports

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  • Apr 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    the beauty of lake annecy is being threatened by the invasion of japanese knotweed which is being allowed to flourish unchecked. the various communes around the lake should act immediately before the problem gets out of hand-

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