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A Gem of the French Alps

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A September 2006 trip to Annecy by Tolik

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A Gem of the French Alps

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Swan on the Thiou River Photo,
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During our vacation in Megève we decided to make a day trip to Annecy and enjoyed visiting one of the prettiest towns in France. It deserves to have its own web-page on IgoUgo! Annecy is the capital of the French department Haute Savoie and lies on beautiful Lac d'Annecy, 80 miles /130kms east of Lyon, 32 miles/50kms southeast of Geneva. Some called it Venice of the Alps because it has numerous canals and lots of bridges. In my opinion it is not adequate. The scenery with the canals all over the old town is unique because you always see the mountains behind; water is flowing fast opposed to the still waters of Venice canals, and no gondola in sight. The setting of Annecy is spectacular indeed; it o...Read More

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Rue Royal Photo, Annecy, France
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The city of Annecy is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Year around there it is a great place to visit enjoying famous French hospitality. Market day is France countryside answer to the mall; usually it comes once a week, different days in different areas, and is more than buying and selling - it is a happening, a social event, a visual feast. Beautifully laid tables of cheeses, fruits, vegetables, spices, breads, honeys, stalls of meats and fish, not to mention clothes, fabrics, hardware, wine - you got the idea. In Annecy they have three market days – on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. A pleasant way of getting a feel of the old French town is to go for a walk through the colorful market w...Read More

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Annecy Walking Tour Part 1

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Saint-Francois Church Photo, Annecy, France
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Let’s assume that you have only a few hours to explore Annecy. Chances are that you arrived from a mountain resort (or just heading there and made a stop in Annecy). Fortunately for the visitors, the train station is only 10 minutes walk from historic center.Old Annecy is nestled at the foot of the castle and is conserved almost intact with its fortified gates, winding streets, and flowery quays. Take rue de la Gare (or rue de la Poste Poste) and walk southwards passing the Stalingrad public garden; in a few minutes you will reach rue Royale, on of the main streets in the area. The rue Royale, with its numerous shops, gardens and the fountain of Saint Jean, is the heart of t...Read More

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Annecy Walking Tour Part 2

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Pont des Amours  Photo, Annecy, France
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From the Saint-Francois Church square, turn around and take rue Grenette which shortly becomes rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau. There are plenty of wonderful small French restaurants and ice cream shops everywhere. On your right is magnificent St Peter Cathedral. Its Renaissance influenced facade, surmounted by a beautiful rose window is far from evoking the chapel of the Franciscans for whom it was built in 1535. A few years later it became the alternative cathedral for the Bishop of Geneva who took refuge in Annecy with his chapter. The interior looks like a beautiful late Gothic vessel with 3 naves of 5 bays. The chancel is formed of a polygonal apse whose decoration dates from the 18th century: y...Read More

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Château d'Annecy

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Château d'Annecy Photo, Annecy, France
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The impressive Château d'Annecy (Annecy Castle) sits high above the old town on a limestone spur of the Semnoz Mountain and is a landmark of Annecy. Walking up to the castle gives great views over the town (from rue Sante-Claire, take Rampe du Château or Chemin de la Tour de la Reine). You will need at least 2 hours to explore the castle and its museums.The Château d'Annecy was the home of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours, an offshoot of the House of Savoie (12 - 16th centuries). Exploring the architecture of the Castle is like browsing a history book. The Queen’s Tower, with 4 meters thick walls, remains the oldest testimony of the 12th century fortresses. The...Read More

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Château d'Annecy

Annecy, France

Lake Annecy

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Attraction | "Lac d’Annecy (Lake Annecy)"

Lake Annecy Photo, Annecy, France
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The majestic lake with the French Alps looming above and a lakefront of beauty and activity is a major attraction. The second largest lake in France rests at the foot of the Alps at the altitude of 447 m. It was created 18,000 years ago from thawing glaciers and covers 27 square kilometers/10.5 square miles. It is a long narrow lake (max-length 14.6 km, max-width 3.2km, and max-depth 64.7 m). Three main tributary rivers, Eau Morte, Ire and Borette contribute water to the lake. The Thiou River flows out from the northernmost end of the lake through the town of Annecy, soon joins the Fier River, and finally enters the Rhone River and eventually descending into the Mediterranean. The east and west...Read More

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Lake Annecy

Annecy, France

Palais de L'Isle

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Palais de L'Isle  Photo, Annecy, France
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The Palais de L'Isle (Palace on the Island) also called the "old prison" is Annecy’s oldest structure; it was built in the 12th century. The fortification is the symbol of Annecy and is among the most photographed monuments in France. Due to its triangular shape, the palace reminds the visitor of the prow of a ship anchored in the Thiou River. During the 12th century this former fortified house was the center of the first domain held by the De L'Isle family. Acquired by the De Geneve family in the 13th century, the fotress became later the residence of the Monthoux family. In 1355 Palais de L'Isle became a minting workshop; it was later acquired by Janus of Savoy. In the 16th century it became ...Read More

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Palais de L'Isle

Annecy, France

The Gardens of Europe

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Lake Annecy Photo, Annecy, France
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Between the old town and the Annecy lakeshore lies a beautiful green area. Canal du Vassé divides it into two distinct parts. On your left is huge open green space called Champ de Mars (also called Pâquier). It is not warlike at all – children are playing, adults having picnics with wine (no brown bags) and all kind of dogs jumping around their masters. In the beginning of the area, near quay Eustache Chappuis stands colorful marry-go-round (this year celebrating its 100 years anniversary). You can hear its music playing from the distance - it is real fun for the children of all ages. Farther along promenade Jules Philippe you will find a shady area where locals play the balls (Jeu ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2006

Rue Sainte-Claire

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Rue Sainte-Claire Photo, Annecy, France
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Walking along this street is a real pleasure – you should do it at least once. Ancient Sainte-Claire, cobblestone pedestrian street, is the hub of la Vieille - the old town. Rue Sainte-Claire takes the exact shape of the rock base of the castle. On its west end you will find colorful la Porte Sainte-Claire, a picturesque medieval gate. It is famous due to its clock – its bell defined rhythm of thy district for centuries. By this gate Henri IV, king of France, made his entry in Annecy, escorted by his court on October 5, 1600. The Duke of Geneva opened the doors of the city to the invader without any resistance. Humiliated, the locals deserted the city which the king crossed to go ...Read More

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Rue Sainte-Claire
Rue Sainte-Claire
Annecy, France 74000

History of Annecy

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Annecy has one of the most ancient human settlements in the Northern Alps, with its history as a coastal village dating back to 3,100 BC. Traces of the dwellings of the Gallo-Roman tribe called Boutae have been found nearby Annecy (50 B.C.). The approximately 2,000 inhabitants of this period are credited with forming a triangular settlement, which emphasized the importance of the roads entering the junction of town. Points led to Faverges (Casuaria), Aix-les-Bains (Aquae) and Geneva. The Roman Emperor Anicius Olybrius built himself a villa on the lake called Anneciacum hence the town’s name. Some time after the dispersion of the Boutae population, a medieval town develop...Read More