Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and holiday rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Annecy Castle

It won’t be hard to take a good photo of the gorgeous views across Lake Annecy from this ancient castle, which also houses a fascinating museum.

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. 


Top Annecy Castle Flight + Hotel Deals

Top Hotel Deals

See all 1,897 Properties near Annecy Castle
Novotel Annecy Centre £77
Novotel Annecy Centre

Novotel Annecy Centre

1 Place Marie Curie, ancienne 1 avenue Berthollet, Annecy, Haute-Savoie
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

    Hôtel du Palais de l'Isle £73
    Hôtel du Palais de l'Isle

    Hôtel du Palais de l'Isle

       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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.

      Splendid Hotel £112
      Splendid Hotel

      Splendid Hotel

      4 Quai Eustache Chappuis, Annecy
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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.

        L'Impérial Palace £164
        L'Impérial Palace

        L'Impérial Palace

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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.

          Best Western Hotel International £63
          Best Western Hotel International

          Best Western Hotel International

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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.

            Morens Private Mezzanine Studio Old Town
            Morens Private Mezzanine Studio Old Town

            Morens Private Mezzanine Studio Old Town

            12 Rue du Pont Morens, Annecy, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              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.

              Les loges Annecy Vieille ville £158
              Les loges Annecy Vieille ville

              Les loges Annecy Vieille ville

                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                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.

                Mercure Annecy Sud £62
                Mercure Annecy Sud

                Mercure Annecy Sud

                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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.