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Sightseeing near Chamonix - Annecy


Sightseeing in and around Annecy

Annecy is said to be one of the most beautiful French towns that has preserved its medieval architectural history in all its glory. With its quaint canals and tiny bridges, it is referred to as the Venice of the Alps.

Nestling on the shore of the beautiful Lac d'Annecy, this historic town and capital city of the Haute-Savoie, has lots of sightseeing and attractions day-visitors and tourists.

Take a guided tour of the Old Town with its castle and local museum. Visit the Alpine Lake Museum. Enjoy the Old Town with its canals and cafes, its shops and architecture: then you can take a boat tour of the lake and finally finish the day with a lakeside stroll.

Annual events and festivals in Annecy

International Animated Film Festival (5-10 June)

The Festival of the Lake ( 5 August)

Antiques Festival (24-28 August)

Italian Film Festival (3-10 Oct)

Transhumance - The return of livestock to the valley from their summer high alpine pastures(14 Oct)

Outdoor sports

Lake activities include swimming, windsurfing and kayaking. The water is crystal clear and not too cold. The surrounding scenery provides a marvellous backdrop.

The lake shore and surrounding countryside is great for roller-blading, mountain biking and walking. There is good sport-climbing on the nearby cliffs and an active local paragliding scene.

Weekly events

Cruises on the lake - every day in season.

Street markets in the old town - on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings.

For more information check with Annecy tourist office:

+33 (0) 50 45 00 33