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Travel Guide of Annecy in France by Influencers

Annecy is the largest city of Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, 35 kilometers south of Geneva.

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Discover our travel guide of Annecy in France made of pictures from travel influencers and photographers.

What you will see and do in Annecy:

  🏖️ Ocean     ⛰️ Hill station     🏘️ Town     ❄️ Fjord     ⛰️ Highland     🏰 Château  

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Annecy: a territory with many facets

From Lake Annecy to the Aravis mountain range, passing through the Bauges massif, you can take a breath of fresh air at any time of the year, in summer and winter.

Within a few kilometers, you can for example go cycling around Lake Annecy, paragliding in front of the Aravis mountain range in Grand Bornand, mountain biking in La Clusaz, skiing in the different resorts, hiking.

Forests, mountains, waterfalls, lakes... Welcome to a small paradise for wildlife lovers.

What to do in Annecy: the places to see

For two years now, Annecy has been the top city to live in France.
And after a few hours spent in the city of Haute-Savoie, it is easy to understand why...

A lake with its resplendent color just a few steps away. Magnificent mountains in the surroundings like the Semnoz, the Tournette, the Sambuy.
Small streets too pretty, the river which crosses the city, cute little stores... 

In short, you will have understood, all the ingredients are gathered to make an ideal place for vacations.

The ideal time to go is outside of July and August to fully enjoy the place, without the crowds of the big vacations.
If you decide to organize your next weekend or trip in Annecy, and in the nearby mountains (Aravis massif, Glières, Sambuy), here are some places to see in the city that is sometimes called the Venice of the Alps and around the lake.

Colorful facades and streets like in Venice

Looking for what to do in Annecy? Several streets are worth the detour for the beautiful colored facades or some historical houses.
Let's mention for example the rue Carnot or the rue de l'Ile, or the ramp of the Castle which allows access to... the Castle.

Let's not forget, above all, the formidable quays around the rivers that dot the city. Like the Cathedral quay, the Bishop's quay, the Island quay, and the Perrière quay.

Finally, to come back with your "unprintable" photo, don't leave Annecy without having taken your picture on the Halle bridge!
Finally, take a walk along the lake and sunbathe in front of the surrounding mountains.

Good to know: to know more about the city, its districts, and its specificities, it is possible to take guided tours of Annecy with themes as different as varied.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Annecy

How to get to Annecy?

Annecy is easily accessible due to its ideal geographical location in the Alps.

Indeed, Annecy is less than one hour from Geneva airport in Switzerland and less than two hours by car from Lyon.

In addition, it is possible to reach Annecy by TGV from most major French cities, including Paris, which is about 4 hours away.

  • The Forclaz pass

The Forclaz pass is one of the most emblematic places around Annecy lake... And this, for several reasons.
If it is famous, it is first of all because of its love story (or not!) with the cyclists.
Indeed, this 10,2 km long pass with an average of 6,5% has been used several times during the Tour de France and is a real test for cycling lovers.

  • The bay of Talloires

Another place not to be missed near Lake Annecy: Talloires. About 20 minutes from Annecy, this city is famous for its famous bay, on the right bank of the lake.
It's good to live in Talloires, nicknamed the pearl of the lake with its protected and sunny cove. In this cute little village, you will find beautiful addresses, gastronomic and starred restaurants, prestigious hotels such as the abbey of Talloires...

  • Duingt and its castle 

On the other side of the lake, we can easily see the village of Duingt, at the limit of what is called the small lake, in the south.
Easily recognizable, Duingt stands out in particular with its castle, which comes to point the end of its nose on the lake of Annecy.

  • The nature reserve of the Bout du Lac

The Bout du Lac nature reserve is located, as its name indicates, at the end of Lake Annecy.

This place is a bit different. In the reserve, of course, nature is more than ever predominant. And for good reason: here, only pedestrians can use the paths (accessible to people with reduced mobility). 
 No motor vehicles, bicycles, or even pets are allowed.

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