Capital of the Haute-Savoie, Annecy is a city of Art with a magnificent architectural harmony. Walking around Annecy old town is a real delight. With its charming canals, its flower-bedecked banks, its small delightful bridges and its beautiful houses with colourful facades, Annecy carries really well its nickname of Savoyard Venice. How pleasant it is to stroll along its canals or walk around the lovely narrow pedestrian streets!
In the heart of the old town, the Île palace, a former prison and the Palais de Justice (law courts), is today home to the Annecy History museum. Near this symbolic building of the 12th century, the Sainte-Claire street is also an unmissable place during the visit for its beautiful arcaded houses. Towering over the town, the museum-castle, former residence of the counts of Geneva and the dukes of Genevois-Nemours, is dedicated to archaeology, ethnology, art, history and alpine lakes.
To complete this beautiful visit, there's nothing like a walk on the edge of the magnificent Annecy lake. Not to be missed! The Europe gardens, the Amours bridge spanning the Vassé canal, the Albigny avenue lined with plane trees and the Champ de Mars are magnificent sites great for relaxation. For the best way to discover the lake and surrounding mountains, visitors can take a trip on tourist boats or hire pedalos and small motor boats.
Pearl of the French Alps or Venice of the Alps, there are plenty of denominations to name Annecy. Chief town of Haute Savoie, the metropolis is famous for its lake and the majesty of its places. Surrounded by the sumptuous massifs of Bauges and Bornes, the city is at the point of entry of the cluse of the lake. The landscape alternates between plains and wooded hills, conifer swathes and the lake bordered by an extraordinary nature. It is in this magnificent scenery that the city extends mainly on the plains.
Perched at an altitude of 446 meters, Lake Annecy is the second largest natural lake in France and the first lake in Europe for the purity of its waters.
Gallo-Roman city of importance, Annecy is already called the Rome of the Alps during its strong positions in the Catholic Reformation. It became the residence of the Counts of Geneva in the twelfth century and is definitely French March 24, 1860 during the annexation of Savoy by France. A story rich in twists, a strong culture and an exceptional natural environment make Annecy an exceptional place. A multitude of activities and leisure are at your fingertips.
Annecy-le-Vieux is, with its more than 20,000 inhabitants, the 4th largest city in the Haute-Savoie department. Its area is 1,700 hectares, including 300 hectares of communal forest, 1.7 km of Lake Annecy, 11.7 km of edge of the torrent of the Fier, 25 km of bike paths.
The town of Cran-Gevrier takes place in Haute-Savoie. Located in the suburb of Annecy, it is located in the heart of the Alps, on a hill. Also bordering Poisy or Chavanod, it enjoys an exceptional natural setting.
Dynamic and inventive, the locality is well known in the region, thanks to its economic and tourist development. Populated since Roman times, the site was once occupied by a villa. Today, the city of Cran-Gevrier welcomes a large number of visitors eager to discover the historic heritage of the Savoyard city. Its proximity to Annecy also gives it a cultural influence. The many cultural events offered throughout the year are also the success of Cran-Gevrier.
Former small town located north of Annecy, Pringy is a pleasant city with a mountain climate. Located in the heart of Haute-Savoie, it takes place on the ancient Geneva road, bordering Argonay and Annecy-le-Vieux.
Pleasant, Pringy enjoys proximity to Lake Annecy, which gives it a charming environment and a slightly softened climate. Its pleasant landscapes and green spaces have earned it two flowers in the contest of towns and villages in France. Close to the Swiss border, the town is ideal for exploring the rest of the region or a very close neighbor.
Recreation is not lacking, and in addition to outdoor activities and sports, the city of Pringy offers the opportunity to admire an interesting architectural heritage based on old stones and monuments in the style typical of this part of the Savoy.
Seynod, neighbor of Annecy and its famous lake for the purity of its waters, is at the crossroads of the main traffic routes to Paris, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. Located south-west of the Annecy agglomeration, Seynod stretches at the foot of the Semnoz mountain, facing west, more than 10 km long.
The territorial and demographic expansion of Seynod was favored by the merger with Vieugy in 1965 and with Balmont in 1973. This merger was transformed into a full merger on July 1, 1997. Seynod currently has about 18,000 inhabitants.
Thus Seynod has turned into a full-fledged city with urban and industrial facilities. Today, nearly 1,000 businesses or businesses are located in the economic activity zones. Living the economy well is a priority for the town of Seynod. With an area of about 24 hectares and located in the southwest and partly along the provincial road 1201, the district of Périaz will allow the creation of new housing, shops and jobs.
Finally, Seynod has a real city center, center of life. It consists of two squares, the Hotel de Ville and Saint-Jean, articulated around the Paseo de Malgrat de Mar. These two squares, as well as the Avenue de Champ Fleuri are animated by many shops and services. proximity.
The administrative center opens on the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville. The Town Hall, the Media Library, the Polyhedron and the Auditorium are thus very easily accessible.
Things to see and do
Among the highlights of Annecy, the lake is undoubtedly one of the most popular natural sights. Several beaches, sand or grass, you will enjoy the sweet season. Young and old will find their happiness both for a game of beach volleyball and to play a game of petanque furious. You will also have a picnic area. At night, a nightclub opens its doors to dance until the end of the night in this magical setting. But Lake Annecy also allows water activities from the quietest to the most sensational. You can rent pedal boats or go wakeboarding. Three marinas and mooring area are available where you can enjoy boating. Finally, many walks around the lake are on the program.
To discover this beautiful landscape from another point of view, you can embark on your choice on a catamaran, on old wooden boats or on a private boat for an unforgettable cruise on the lake. The immense expanse of water is also discovered by gyrocopter, hot air balloon or even microlight airs.
But Annecy is also a city of art and culture. Starting with its castle classified as an historic monument. Home of the famous counts of Geneva, the immaculately preserved building now houses a museum and ephemeral exhibitions. The imposing building combines a defensive style of impregnable fortress with the refined charm of the Île-de-France buildings. The visit continues with the old prisons of the Palais de l'Isle. Initially toll zone on the Thiou, the building quickly became alternately a prison, an asylum or a court, today to house the splendid exhibitions of the Center of Interpretation of Architecture and Heritage. In addition to the exhibited collections, you can visit the cells at the water's edge, the chapel and several rooms at various destinations.
During your walks in Annecy, you will be led to discover many old houses having kept all their stamp as the Gallo house of Italian influence of the eighteenth century or the hotel de Sales, residence of the Princes of the House of Savoy. The religious heritage is not left behind with the St. Peter's Cathedral dating from the sixteenth century. Built in the old Annecy, the building is of Renaissance style outside and Gothic style inside. Among other remarkable wood carvings, you can admire an organ over 7 meters high, classified as an historic monument.
Cran-Gevrier is not lacking in tourist interest, thanks to its historical monuments.
Built in the place of a Romanesque church dating from the 11th century, the chapel of Gevrier is today the oldest religious monument of all around Annecy. Disused in the 1970s, it was renovated in 2010. You can also enjoy other religious monuments like the church of Pont Neuf in 1936, the church of St. Genevieve des Bressis, the Sacred Church heart of Mosinges, beautiful example of sacred art of Vatican II, or the beautiful church of the Annunciation in Vallon. Built in the 1970s, it has a beautiful Neo-Gothic style.
The statue of St. Joseph, which dominates the district of Sous-Aléry, or the grotto of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, built because the area had been protected during bombings in 1943, are also interesting.
Old fortified house of the fifteenth century, the castle Alery formerly allowed to monitor the roads of Rumilly and Chambery. Very old, the original building served as a farm in the Gallo-Roman era before being fortified in the eleventh century. The majority of today's remains date from the 15th and 16th centuries. You can still admire a farmyard, quadrangular houses, or even a portal point.
Listed as a historic monument for its facades and roofs, the castle Promery is a former stronghold of the fourteenth century. Outside, one can discover a main building flanked by square towers, while inside several portraits of René Favre, Marie de Villaret or Vaugelas, are exposed. The Château de Monthoux, also an old fortified house, is also worth a visit.
Of Sardinian neo-classical style, the Saint-Maurice church was originally built in the 15th century in a Romanesque style. Partly destroyed in the mid-nineteenth century, it has seen its architectural appearance strongly modified. One can appreciate a beautiful statue of Saint Michael Archangel of the fifteenth century. The windows of the choir, which notably show Saint Maurice in warrior dress, are classified as Historical Monuments.
City where life is good, Seynod has many cultural facilities (media library, music school) and sports to ensure a comfortable life for its people. Cinema and entertainment fans will be able to enjoy themselves in the Auditorium, while sportsmen will practice their favorite sport in one of the structures (gymnasium, tennis club), through numerous hikes on the trails, horseback riding or well go relax at the nautical center L'Ile Bleue with its wellness and fitness area.
On the associative side, Cap Périaz Espace Jacques Besson is a quality equipment that can accommodate associations, individuals, and companies for conferences, forums or exhibitions. This space comes in complementarity of the already existing places of welcome as the Saint Martin room and the house of Malaz.
The market of old Annecy is a tradition that has been perpetuated since the Middle Ages. It is therefore every Wednesday that you will meet in the streets of old Annecy with local producers.
During February, you can participate in the Venetian Carnival of Annecy. No noise or drumming, more than 350 people wearing masks and Venetian costumes silently parading in the streets of Annecy and pose for the photographers. This event in tribute to the Carnival of Venice came quite naturally because Annecy was nicknamed the Venice of the Alps. An event not to be missed!
In early June, moviegoers will not miss the international animated film festival. This is the occasion for about 125,000 spectators to discover the animated films, cartoons, Chinese shadows or papier-mâché of 7,000 professionals gathered for the occasion.
It is during 4 days during July that the Noctibules of Annecy take place. Artists from all walks of life come together in various venues to produce crazy, quirky and funny shows for everyone's enjoyment. Jugglers, stuntmen and urban poets among others are on the program of these days dedicated to art.
The first Saturday of August, it is a pyrotechnic event of great renown that awaits you on the shores of the lake of Annecy: the feast of the lake. For two good hours you can witness a striking mix of music and fireworks. An unforgettable show not to be missed!
On the second Saturday of October, the "Retour des Alpages" is the opportunity to spend a day at the rhythm of the animals. Typically Savoyard dishes, a parade of animals and local crafts are the must-see attractions of this picturesque day with the charm of yesteryear.
Since the Middle Ages, the fair of the Saint-André is held the first Tuesday of December. There are not less than 5.5 kilometers of stands and 1100 local and regional producers who await you for this exceptional day.
Every Wednesday morning market Pommaries.
The third Sunday in October: the Ancileviennerie, autumn festival.
With its rich and important cultural life, the city of Cran-Gevrier offers throughout the year quality events.
Cran-Gevrier The market is held every Thursday and Sunday morning.
A Christmas market is also available by year end.
In February and March the city hosts Cinemino a month of screenings dedicated to young audiences.
Spring readers babies takes place in March and April.
In March-April, the biennial of Spanish cinema to discover the projections come from the other side of the Pyrenees.
Barter Flea is organized in May to do good business.
In partnership with the neighboring town Cran-Gevrier involved in the organization of the International Festival of Annecy animated film from late June to early July.
The festival of nomadic arts is held every last week of June.
The autumn festival and associations takes place with entertainment the first weekend of October.
Biennials, Close Encounters of the Slovak cinema and Central Europe are organized in November.
Every year in September, Pringy organizes an interesting exchange in the minerals and fossils.
Every Wednesday morning: Market Downtown - Market Square.
Every Saturday morning: Market Square Vieugy.
Weekend Laughter in the Auditorium Seynod and Polyhedron.
Chocolate Show in Cape Périaz.
Fair Heating and Renewable Energy at Cape Périaz.
Fair Wine and Terroir in Cap Périaz.
Carnival in the streets of Seynod.
Art Show and Craft Cape Périaz amateur.
Festimundo: the world market, concerts, garage sales, dance workshop and market square Place de l'Hotel de Ville.
Francophonie: programming literary events, music and drama.
Music Festival: downtown, Vieugy, Balmont.
July 13: Fireworks with sound complex Décarre Max.
July 14: Big Flea with over 200 exhibitors, exhibition of old vehicles - Downtown.
Mid-July - Mid-August: Free Outdoor Cinema - Downtown and Vieugy.
Day Bouliste Sports Complex and Max Decarre Vieugy.