Annecy

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Annecy

Nicknamed "the pearl of the French Alps", this commune in the Rhône-Alpes region will delight you with its mountain landscapes, its lake and its canals.

Annecy is a unique town due to its location between the famous crystal-clear lake and the massifs of the Northern Prealps. Three rivers pass through the town's historic centre, leading it to be nicknamed "the Venice of the Alps".

Dive into the town's history with a guided tour of old Annecy to discover its historic churches, its old town hall and its château, where the Counts of Geneva lived from the 13th century. The Musée-Château will round off your exploration with its exhibitions of art and the town's history. It is also home to the Observatoire Régional des Lacs Alpins, which presents the fragile and complex environments of the great lakes of the French Alps.

Sporty types will appreciate the activities on offer in Annecy, such as climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, hiking and pony trekking. In the summer, you can enjoy an idyllic cruise on the lake, before sampling the excellent restaurants along the shore.

If visiting the town in June, you can experience the International Animation Film Festival, which has established itself as a major event for the animation industry. You can attend conferences and open-air screenings before discovering the list of winners unveiled by the jury members.

It's easy to get around central Annecy on foot or by bicycle using the self-service bicycle rental, Vélonecy. You can use the efficient bus network to explore the area around the town, including the ski resorts of Les Aravis, the shores of the lake or Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport.

Annecy has something different to offer in all seasons, attracting visitors all year round, so there’s something for everyone. In terms of transport links, Annecy train station has good connections to several major French cities; alternatively, Geneva airport is around a 35-minute drive from the town, with Lyon airport a little further away.

Nicknamed "the pearl of the French Alps", this commune in the Rhône-Alpes region will delight you with its mountain landscapes, its lake and its canals.

Annecy is a unique town due to its location between the famous crystal-clear lake and the massifs of the Northern Prealps. Three rivers pass through the town's historic centre, leading it to be nicknamed "the Venice of the Alps".

Dive into the town's history with a guided tour of old Annecy to discover its historic churches, its old town hall and its château, where the Counts of Geneva lived from the 13th century. The Musée-Château will round off your exploration with its exhibitions of art and the town's history. It is also home to the Observatoire Régional des Lacs Alpins, which presents the fragile and complex environments of the great lakes of the French Alps.

Sporty types will appreciate the activities on offer in Annecy, such as climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, hiking and pony trekking. In the summer, you can enjoy an idyllic cruise on the lake, before sampling the excellent restaurants along the shore.

If visiting the town in June, you can experience the International Animation Film Festival, which has established itself as a major event for the animation industry. You can attend conferences and open-air screenings before discovering the list of winners unveiled by the jury members.

It's easy to get around central Annecy on foot or by bicycle using the self-service bicycle rental, Vélonecy. You can use the efficient bus network to explore the area around the town, including the ski resorts of Les Aravis, the shores of the lake or Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport.

Annecy has something different to offer in all seasons, attracting visitors all year round, so there’s something for everyone. In terms of transport links, Annecy train station has good connections to several major French cities alternatively, Geneva airport is around a 35-minute drive from the town, with Lyon airport a little further away.

Best Western Hotel International
Best Western Hotel International
3 out of 5
19 Avenue Du Rhone, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, 74000
The price is £111 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (607 reviews)
"I think that the staff were exceptionally good, helpful and friendly. Location of the hotel is very good. Hotel was also very good."

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2022

Best Western Hotel International
Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
4 out of 5
15, Boulevard de la Corniche, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, 74000
The price is £135 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (371 reviews)
"What a beautiful resort! We had a room with a panoramic view of the lake. The staff was friendly; bed comfortable."

Reviewed on 29 May 2022

Les Tresoms Lake and Spa Resort
L'Impérial Palace
L'Impérial Palace
4 out of 5
Allée de L'Impérial, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, 74000
The price is £269 per night from 28 Jul to 29 Jul
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (764 reviews)
"Hotel was fantastic great food staff and epic location - definitely pay up for the lake view rooms"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2022

L'Impérial Palace
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Zenitude Hôtel - Résidences Les Hauts d'Annecy
Zenitude Hôtel - Résidences Les Hauts d'Annecy
3 out of 5
16, Rue du Champ de la Taillée, Annecy, 74600
The price is £72 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the ...
3.7/5 Good! (331 reviews)
Positive impressions only
"Great clean place to stay for couple. Hotel was clean good location and friendly staff."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2021

Zenitude Hôtel - Résidences Les Hauts d'Annecy
Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
4 out of 5
2, place Marie Curie, Annecy, 74000
The price is £110 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly aparthotel in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (771 reviews)
"Decent sized apartment, well maintained and clean apart from the previous occupants putting dirty crockery away. Comfy king size bed. Very small kitchenette area suitable only for minor cooking. Plenty of parking underground linked by lifts directly to the apartments although it costs 13 euros per ..."

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2022

Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
Privilodges Le Royal Annecy
Privilodges Le Royal Annecy
3 out of 5
9, rue Royale, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, 74000
The price is £164 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Annecy. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (461 reviews)
"Central property to lake and train station. Very nice staff and very helpful . Let me book in slightly earlier as room was ready and left my luggage their on following day so I could explore without dragging stuff around . Liked the large terrace and self catering facilities too"

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Privilodges Le Royal Annecy
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