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There are so many things to do in Annecy that you could easily stay for several days (or longer), but if you only have a day, use this guide to sample a selection of activities suitable for you, from learning about the city's history to sampling excellent local food to lake and beach time, and more. This guide includes options for all types of travelers, whether you like to enjoy the landscape while hiking, or you'd rather take it in on a boat cruise. Whatever you choose, you're sure to delight in the beauty that Annecy has to offer.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

17 Places

3 City Tips

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17 Places

La Vieille Ville

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palais de l'Ile

Speciality Museums

Musee Chateau d'Annecy

Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums

Ile des Cygnes

Islands, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Jardins de l'Europe

Gardens

Office de Tourisme du Lac d'Annecy

Visitor Centres

Boston Cafe

Restaurants

Lac d'Annecy

Bodies of Water

Office de Tourisme du Lac d'Annecy

Visitor Centres

Compagnie des Bateaux du Lac d'Annecy

Boat Tours

Bateau de Croisiere Arc en Ciel

Sightseeing Tours

Plage Des Marquisats

Beaches

Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy

Jogging Paths & Tracks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Biking Trails

Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Semnoz

Mountains

Auberge de Savoie

Restaurants

Glacier des Alpes

Restaurants

T9224OJannas's City Tips

  • Add a bit of luxury to your stay with a dinner cruise.
  • The lake is the gem of Annecy, so whether you walk, bike, or relax at the beach, be sure to spend some time there.
  • Annecy is the capital of the Alps, and the local gastronomy is wonderful — try fondue, raclette, and tartiflette (a potato gratin).
  • La Vieille Ville
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Start your day with an early morning walk in the old city center. Watching the city wake up and start its daily activities is both fun and enlightening.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Being in the city early in the morning will allow you to avoid the afternoon heat in summer.
    • The best way to discover the city is to walk along the channels and come back by the parallel streets, discovering boutiques and architectural wonders along the way.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Old But Beautiful 20/03/2019
    • Old but Gold 19/03/2019
    • La Vieille Ville
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 46 23 07
    Other:
  • Palais de l'Ile
    Speciality Museums
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Palais de l'Ile is the most iconic Annecy landmark. The famous triangular building dates back to the 12th century, and has served as everything from courthouse to residence to prison over the years. Stay a moment on the bridge to take in its resemblance to a ship on the narrow channel.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not hesitate to take a walk around, even if it rains or is cloudy out. Gloomy weather only underlines the medieval charm of the old prison.
    • The palace now houses a local history museum. Stop in to learn more about the area.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you don’t have anything else to do 27/01/2019
    • Beautiful but not a good museum 02/01/2019
    • Palais de l'Ile
    Address:
    3 Passage de l'Ile
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 33 87 30
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 - 12:00
    14:00 - 17:00
  • Musee Chateau d'Annecy
    Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    One of France's most beautiful castles, Musee Chateau d'Annecy perches above the city, offering delightful views over the town's historic district. Explore the beautiful, historic complex, and then stop into the museum to learn more about the Alps, the lake, and the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to visit the gardens, where you'll get some of the best pictures of the city and the lake.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    • A must do when in Old Annecy, France. 30/09/2018
    • Beautiful castle 27/08/2018
    • Musee Chateau d'Annecy
    Address:
    Place du Chateau
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 33 87 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Ile des Cygnes
    Islands, Nature & Wildlife Areas
    T9224OJannas Says:

    Situated in the lake, just off of the old town, Ile des Cygnes (or Island of Swans) is a manmade island built in the mid-19th century. You cannot access the island, but it is nice to look upon it, and its birds, from the shore.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Please do not feed the swans. It is not allowed.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice walk by a very clean mountain spring lake 05/09/2018
    • Great for strolling 08/10/2017
    • Ile des Cygnes
  • Jardins de l'Europe
    Gardens
    T9224OJannas Says:

    Situated on the shore of the lake, Jardins de l'Europe is a tranquil 19th-century park, popular with locals and tourists alike. Stroll through the greenery and take in the wonderful views of the lake.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can walk from the channel in the city center and along the lake to reach the gardens and the lake panorama.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic Park! 01/03/2019
    • Beautiful Gardens 16/11/2018
    • Jardins de l'Europe
    Address:
    quai Napoleon III
    74000, Annecy
    France
  • Office de Tourisme du Lac d'Annecy
    Visitor Centres
    T9224OJannas Says:

    On your way to the city center for lunch, pop up to the tourist information center to learn about current and upcoming events, as well as find out more about the activities available.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a souvenir shop at the tourist information center, and the prices are lower than in the old city center.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Friendly Staff 15/01/2019
    • This guy knows the region 02/10/2018
    • Office de Tourisme du Lac d'Annecy
    Address:
    1 rue Jean Jaures
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 00 33
    Other:
  • Boston Cafe
    Restaurants (Deli, Cafe)
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    The tiny Boston Cafe is a charming spot for lunch, whether you take some sandwiches away to the park or stay and enjoy the terrace.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Do not forget to order a milkshake for the younger family members!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • I wish I got a chance to try it! 15/08/2017
    • Delicious, affordable, cosy and friendly 27/02/2017
    • Boston Cafe
    Address:
    4 Place Saint Maurice
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 61 42 05 32
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$11
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    08:30 - 20:00
    Fri - Sun
    08:30 - 20:00
  • Lac d'Annecy
    Bodies of Water
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    After some urban exploration and history, turn your afternoon to nature. Also known as 'Blue Lake,' Lac d'Annecy is the town's jewel, with its turquoise waters and mountain backdrop. Whether you go boating, swimming, or diving — or just recline on the beach — Lake Annecy is sure to win you over.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • With around 20 species of fish and some underwater archaeological sites dating back to the Neolithic era, the lake is a great place for diving.
    • The Lake Annecy Festival takes place on the first Saturday in August and features Europe's biggest firework display.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cleanest lake in Europe , it is true ! 19/03/2019
    • Surprising destination 17/03/2019
    • Lac d'Annecy
    Address:
    2 Clos du Verger Les Teppes Vertes
    Chapeiry
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Other:
  • Office de Tourisme du Lac d'Annecy
    Visitor Centres
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    There are many ways to enjoy the scenery and open air at the lake. Rent a bike and explore on two wheels, or get out on the water aboard a lake cruise.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Cruises are available with guides in English and in French.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Friendly Staff 15/01/2019
    • This guy knows the region 02/10/2018
    • Office de Tourisme du Lac d'Annecy
    Address:
    1 rue Jean Jaures
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 00 33
    Other:
  • Compagnie des Bateaux du Lac d'Annecy
    Boat Tours
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Compagnie des Bateaux offers regular cruises with varying itineraries in summer.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In winter, the cruises are subject to weather changes, so you should check in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 18 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Annecy
    • The usual touristic boat trip 30/12/2018
    • Fantastic Lake cruise 23/10/2018
    • Compagnie des Bateaux du Lac d'Annecy
    Address:
    2 Place aux Bois
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 51 08 40
    Other:
  • Bateau de Croisiere Arc en Ciel
    Sightseeing Tours
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    L'arc en Ciel is another cruise option. I have tried both and they are equally good.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can also rent a small boat (if you have a permit) and enjoy the lake at your own pace.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 35 Tours in Annecy
    • Cruisertour on the lake 17/07/2018
    • Nice experience 27/09/2017
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 51 52 15
    Other:
  • Plage Des Marquisats
    Beaches
    T9224OJannas Says:

    Plage des Marquisats is Annecy's nearest and most trendy beach.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can walk or bike to the beach, but if you prefer driving there is a big car park by the tennis courts.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great spot to swim 23/09/2018
    • Beach for family activity 17/07/2018
    • Plage Des Marquisats
    Address:
    58 Rue des Marquisats
    74000, Annecy
    France
  • Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy
    Jogging Paths & Tracks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Biking Trails
    T9224OJannas Says:

    If you are still full of energy, you can enjoy the lake panorama by biking or jogging along Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy. This 20km path will take you through charming villages and shadowy valleys to the Bout de Lac village and natural reserve.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The track is flat and easy — just allow plenty of time to cover the whole distance there and back.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bike Heaven! 06/11/2018
    • A must do!!! 25/09/2018
    • Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy
    Other:
  • Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Situated at the bottom of the lake, near the small village, Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac is a tranquil place to spend a few afternoon moments. Enjoy the calm here and watch out for interesting flora and fauna.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Hiking shoes are highly recommended, even though the walk is not complicated.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Doussard
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful surroundings with easy access for all 31/08/2017
    • Green, gentle and informative 10/07/2017
    • Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac
    Address:
    Bout du Lac
    74210 Doussard
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 17 54 21 68
  • Semnoz
    Mountains
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    For those who prefer mountains, Semnoz is a great and rather easy half-day hike.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is the most famous local mountain, and the 360-degree panorama from the plateau is just fantastic.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoy a view on Mont Blanc from Annecy 06/01/2019
    • Amazing 06/01/2019
    • Semnoz
  • Auberge de Savoie
    Restaurants (French)
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    To end your day, I suggest going for some local food back in Annecy. Auberge de Savoie offers an excellent choice of local dishes, including fresh fish from the lake.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Raclette, fondue, and tartiflette are all great local savoyard dishes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 433 restaurants in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unremarkable 11/02/2019
    • Haute savoie cuisine 21/11/2018
    • Auberge de Savoie
    Address:
    1 Place Saint Francois de Sales
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 03 05
    Price range:
    US$29 - US$89
    Hours:
    Thu - Mon
    12:00 - 13:30
    19:30 - 21:30
    Other:
  • Glacier des Alpes
    Restaurants
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    End a day with another stroll along the channels in the old city, and treat yourself to a local delight. Glacier des Alpes has the richest variety of seasonal ice cream flavors.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Melon sorbet in summer is a real treat!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 433 restaurants in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be part of the ice-cream madness 21/03/2019
    • Best icreams in Annecy 19/03/2019
    • Glacier des Alpes
    Address:
    16 rue Perriere
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 51 08 86
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$4
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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