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10 Best Things to Do in Annecy, France

Deepa Kartha Aug 27, 2019
Known as the Venice of the Alps, Annecy is located in southeastern France. Picturesque and quaint, Annecy is one of the most beautiful and the best cities to live in France.

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Lake Annecy

Annecy is home to the cleanest lake in Europe, Lake Annecy. While the shore of the lake is busy with activities, the lake itself is beautiful and tranquil.

Relax at the Beaches

Plage municipale and Plage de la Brune are the most popular beaches for the view, quality of water and other facilities like play areas and restaurants. Swimming here is particularly relaxing.

Old City and Canals

Complete with cobbled and arcade streets, scenic canals and historical monuments, the old town of Annecy (Vieille Ville) offers a fairy-tale air.
Visit the mesmerizing palaces, walk through the narrow streets, admire the pastel houses, enjoy a delicious ice cream at a gelataria and have a croissant at a boulangerie while exploring the delightful Old City of Annecy.

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Water Sports

Apart from admiring the beauty of the lake, adventure lovers can indulge in some amazing water sports. Annecy offers pedal boating, wakeboarding, water skiing, scuba diving and catamaran.

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If you want to have an aerial view of the city of Annecy, a paragliding session would be worth it. While the activity itself is thrilling, the view that you enjoy is nothing less than magical.

Gardens of Europe

Relax with a picnic or a leisure walk at the Gardens of Europe while enjoying the view of the lake and the mountains. The garden is a green haven with more than 600 deciduous trees.

Pont des Amours

Known as the Lover's Bridge, Pont des Amours is an iron bridge that offers spectacular views of the mountain range and the lake. While the view is romantic, legends state that couples who kiss here would be together forever.

Château d'Annecy

Perched on top of the old city of Annecy, Château d'Annecy was the home of the royals of Geneva between the 12th and 16th centuries.
The castle houses a museum that gives you a glimpse of the lifestyle of the royalty, but the view of the city from the top is outstanding.

Gorges du Fier

A canyon cut by the Fier River, Gorges du Fier is one of the most remarkable natural phenomenon you would see.
Located 10 km away from Annecy, you get to explore the gorgeous cliffs and the unique gorges created by erosion over several centuries, while walking on the suspended footbridge 25 meters above the river.

Palais de l’Île

One of the most photographed spots in France, Palais de l’Île has served as a courthouse, residence, prison and mint over several centuries. Today, this castle is a museum that showcases the local history of Annecy.