Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide
Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.
Standing on the bank of the strikingly beautiful Lake Annecy, Annecy Castle (Château d’Annecy) is a dramatic sight as well as an important historic building. Step inside to discover an engaging museum that hosts temporary exhibitions spanning a wide range of topics.
Note the 13th-century features that make up the castle’s oldest part, the Tour de la Reine. At 98 feet (30 meters) high, this defensive structure offers exceptional views. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the castle served as a home for the Counts of Geneva. From the 17th century, the castle was unoccupied for many years, before becoming a military barracks. In 1953, it was bought by the city of Annecy and transformed into the museum it is today.
Admire the many different styles of architecture that make up the castle. As it was built over many years, with additions being made and certain areas being restored, the styles vary enormously. In addition to the fort-like features dating from the 13th century, the castle features refined Renaissance design, which can be seen in the additions made in later centuries.
The castle’s living areas are particularly clear examples of this kind of architecture. The Logis Nemous and Logis Neuf lodging houses were built in the 16th century. See how their large windows allow the rooms to be flooded with light, in contrast with the Tour de la Reine, which has smaller windows in order to prioritize defense over livability. Make sure you take the time to look at the wall paintings that adorn some of the rooms.
Give yourself enough time to enjoy the museum’s temporary exhibits. Learn about anything from underwater archeology to medieval sculpture, or even see a display of contemporary art. The museum has hosted exhibits relating to many different subjects, and is not limited to regional history.
Find Annecy Castle just to the south of the town’s busiest area. Note that opening times vary seasonally, so check before you visit. There is an admission charge, with free entry for children under the age of 12.
Located in the heart of Annecy, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centre Commercial Courier and Lake Annecy. Annecy Castle is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away. Annecy Station is only a 3-minute walk.
Located in Annecy Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Church of St. Francis and Lake Annecy. Annecy Castle is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. Annecy Station is 9 minutes by foot.
Located in Annecy Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Church of St. Maurice and Lake Annecy. Annecy Castle is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. Annecy Station is 7 minutes by foot.
Nestled on the beach, this Annecy hotel is just steps away from Station Roller and Lake Annecy. Annecy Castle is 1.2 mi (2 km) away. Annecy Station is 24 minutes by foot.
Located in the heart of Annecy, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Notre-Dame-de-Liesse Church, Lake Annecy and Annecy Castle. Centre Commercial Courier and Musee-Chateau are also within 15 minutes. Annecy Station is 6 minutes by foot.
Located in Annecy Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Palais de l Ile, Lake Annecy and Annecy Castle. Notre-Dame-de-Liesse Church and Church of St. Francis are also within 5 minutes. Annecy Station is 7 minutes by foot.
Located in Annecy Old Town, this luxury residence is steps away from Musee-Chateau and Annecy Castle. Lake Annecy is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. Annecy Station is 6 minutes by foot.
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Annecy Castle, Palais de l Ile and Notre-Dame-de-Liesse Church. Lake Annecy and Centre Commercial Courier are also within 2 mi (3 km). Annecy Station is 25 minutes by foot.