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What is Annecy, France like?

Wednesday, my husband and I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather we've been having with a visit to one of our favorite towns in the area – Annecy – in the Haute-Savoie department of France. If you're visiting Geneva, Switzerland, Annecy is the perfect day trip, by car or train.

Pont des Amours bridge in Annecy, France.
The Pont des Amours (Love Bridge) is a well known tourist spot.

Annecy is situated on the Lac de Annecy and is known as 'the Venice of the Alps' due to the canals that wind through its Vieille Ville (old town).

View from the Pont des Amours bridge in Annecy, France.
The view from the other side of the Pont des Amours.

This was a good week to go as the bulk of summer tourists have returned home (school starts here September 1st).  The Palais de l’Isle is probably Annecy's most photographed point of interest. Built in the 12th century, it's had several incarnations over the years – from aristocratic residence to prison.

The Palais de l'Isle in Annecy, France.
The Palais de l'Isle (center) one of Annecy's most photographed points of interest.

Pastel buildings and cobbled streets invite you to wander through the Vieille Ville.

Pastel building fronts in the old town of Annecy, France.
Pastel building fronts in the old town.

If all that walking works up your appetite, you'll have no problem finding something to eat; temptation abounds. This boulangerie always has a line out the door.

An old boulangerie in Annecy, France.
The window display in this boulangerie makes your mouth water.

Annecy hotels are plentiful. Our favorite restaurant in Annecy, the Auberge du Lyonnais (blue awning to the left in the photo below), is an excellent seafood restaurant and very nice small hotel.

A picturesque flowered canal in Annecy, France.
Make sure your batteries are charged – photo ops abound.

If you happen to be in Annecy around the holidays, the Christmas Market is a must visit.


  1. I SO want to go there! Another wonderful blogger I follow used to live there for about 2 years. She found the people to be terribly unwelcoming, but the spot so beautiful.

    Stunning photos. Looks like a lovely trip.


  2. Beautiful pictures!
    This is where I spent my summers as a child so thank you for taking me back ;)

  3. Thanks for sharing your photos. Annecy looks beautiful. I have never been, but Wolfgang was there a few times when he lived in Nice.

  4. Picture are great. Looks like a fun place to visit.

  5. Gorgeous! I would love to visit France someday!

  6. What a gorgeous city! Your amazing photographs made me want to write this town on my veeeeery long holiday list asap. ;-)

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

  7. Cette ville est superbe!! Une de mes belles-sœurs habite pas loin d'ici, l'été est vraiment superbe avec ses couleurs mais il y a plein de monde partout.... A visiter absolument!!!!


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