Castle in Annecy

Château d’Annecy

Commanding views across the ochre rooftops of the Vieille Ville (Old Town) to the Massif des Bauges, the Château d’Annecy is at once imposing and elegant, a marriage between medieval defensive and decorative archite…
Area in Annecy

Vieille Ville

It’s a pleasure simply to wander aimlessly around Annecy’s medieval Old Town, where emerald-green canals flow beneath stone bridges and pastel-painted 16th- and 17th-century buildings bask in sunlight. This jumble o…
Area in Annecy


On the tree-fringed lakefront, the flowery Jardins de l’Europe are linked to the grassy Champ de Mars, a popular picnic spot, by the poetic iron arch of the Pont des Amours (Lovers’ Bridge).
Museum in Annecy

Palais de l’Isle

Sitting on a triangular islet surrounded by the Canal du Thiou, the Palais de l’Isle has been a lordly residence, a courthouse, a mint and a prison according to records dating back to the 14th century. Chambers with…
Church in Annecy

Église St-Maurice

A pale sandstone church, Annecy's oldest, made all the more dazzling by the turquoise Canal du Thiou running alongside it. Step through the 15th-century church’s door to see the understated Gothic interior, its slat…
Church in Annecy

Église Notre Dame de Liesse

Largely built during the mid-19th century after its 14th-century predecessor was damaged during the French Revolution, the Church of Our Lady of Liesse rises over Annecy's Vieille Ville (Old Town). The oldest part o…
Church in Annecy

Cathédrale St-Pierre

A former Franciscan chapel consecrated in 1535, Annecy's cathedral has a Renaissance-meets-Gothic style. Drawing attention from the unadorned walls are a mighty 19th-century organ, weighing 10 tonnes, a large rose w…
Church in Annecy

Église St-François de Sales

Inspired by the design of Rome's Church of the Gesù, this Catholic church is also known as the Church of the Italians (and hosts mass in Italian). Dating to the early 17th century, its Baroque interior dazzles with …