20 Best Annecy Tourist Spots And Things to do in Annecy (Travel Guide)

Last updated on November 16th, 2020 at 01:17 pm

Annecy tourist spots, things to do in Annecy

There are many things to do in Annecy. Since is one of the most touristic places in France like Paris and Nice especially as a day trip from Geneva in Switzerland. We will write all Annecy tourist spots from beautiful churches and cathedrals in old town to day trips that you can visit around Annecy area. Keep reading below our Annecy travel guide.

Read here things to do in Chamberythings to do in Toulouse, our things to do in Grenoble, our things to do in Avignon, our Lyon travel guide and things to do in Montpellier.

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ANNECY TRAVEL GUIDE

HOW TO GET TO ANNECY

There are daily buses and trains going to Annecy from Grenoble and from main of the places around like Lyon, Chambery and Geneva. I went during my road trip from Chambery to Annecy and it was around 1 hour driving. If you want to drive from Switzerland in Geneva it will be around 1 hour driving and 2 hours driving from Lyon and Grenoble.

BEST TIME TO VISIT ANNECY

Annecy is a small town that you can visit the whole year. In winter will be the best time for visiting Annecy if you are looking for Ski Resorts and similar activities.

While the weather during fall is still warm and dry, temperatures and room rates have dropped considerably compared to the peak season. So, the best time to visit this Annecy itinerary is actually from September to November. I would recommend avoid the weekends and festivities in Annecy since it can be so crowded.

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ANNECY ITINERARY DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL

There are many ways for exploring this Annecy itinerary. You can go walking around Annecy or getting public transportation for around 2€ a single bus ticket if you are visiting the lake. You can go by bicycle too and electric scooter since there are many ways for this.

There are meals in Annecy at local restaurants for as low as €15. Those who want to eat something a bit fancier can have a meal at a mid-range restaurant for around €20-40 or even less if you have someone to split the bill with. Dinner at a top restaurant in Annecy can go for €70-150.

There are all sorts of accommodations in Annecy. From hostels and B&Bs to apartments and hotels, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget. For example, staying at a hostel or booking a dorm bed goes for around €25-35. A room at a mid-range hotel or a nice apartment can cost around €50-150.

Luxury hotels in Annecy can charge €200 and higher. If you want to stay somewhere comfortable and safe minus the cost, you can always try AirBnB in Annecy. There are entire apartments that go for as low as €25. We think that’s especially lucky because you can click here to get €25 off your first booking with AirBnB!

Click here to book your accommodation in Annecy with Agoda and Booking.

THINGS TO DO IN ANNECY AND ANNECY TOURIST SPOTS

1. Palais de l’Île

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Palais de l’Île is a historic monument from 1900 described as a “house in the shape of a ship” has been a prison, a courthouse and an administrative center. Palais de l’Île is an original structure from the 12th century. Palais de l’Île is the most popular in the list of Annecy tourist spots.

2. Visit Old Town (Vieille Ville)

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Waking around Old Town (Vieille Ville) is the most popular of the things to do in Annecy. Passing by bars and restaurants with the views of the river. We advise you visiting Annecy and walking around in the morning or weekdays avoiding weekend since it can be too crowded. If you love seeing people around you will love Annecy old town always busy.

3. Château d’Annecy

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Château d’Annecy is an interesting castle where you will get panoramic views of Annecy lake. You will find old paintings and history of Annecy. Château d’Annecy entrance fee is just 5.50€ and until 12 years old they will have free entrance and it’s opened daily.

4. Cathédrale Saint-Pierre

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Cathédrale Saint-Pierre Annecy Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located in Annecy old town and it’s a national monument. Cathédrale Saint-Pierre was built in 16th century by Jacques Rossel as a chapel. During the French Revolution was raised to the status of a cathedral in 1822.

5. Relaxing And Picninc in the Parks in Annecy

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There are beautiful parks in Annecy for relaxing with views to the lake. It’s a refreshing area to take a break and maybe eat some snacks. Great place to walk around where you will find also bridges to enjoy the views around.

6. Enjoy Lac d’Annecy

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Lac d’Annecy has beautiful clear waters and you will find many activities to do around like sailing, swimming or just relaxing with the views. You can walk around since it’s huge with bars and restaurants if you like it in a few areas.

7. Bicycle, Hiking and Paragliding

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There are many activities to do around the lake in Annecy. From walking and cycling the most popular to paragliding if you prefer more adventure.

8. Boat Trip Around the Lake

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One of the most popular things to do in Annecy is sailing with a boat around the lake. There are different beaches where you can relax yourself. Or just sailing around the lake, take a swim or enjoying the amazing landscape.

9. Walking Around the Bridges in Annecy

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Pont des Amours and a few more bridges in Annecy are romantic places to walk around. If you are traveling with your partner will be one of the best things to do in Annecy, taking pictures and enjoying the views and the clear waters.

10. Eglise Saint-Maurice


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Eglise Saint-Maurice is the oldest church in Annecy. Eglise Saint-Maurice is a Roman Catholic church built in 1422 as a chapel. Eglise Saint-Maurice was designated as a national monument in 1957.

11. Basilique de la Visitation

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Basilique de la Visitation has a beautiful walk where you will get great views from the top to Annecy old town. up on the hill near the Basilica. Basilique de la Visitation contains beautiful marble columns and stained glass windows.

12. Eglise Notre-Dame de Liesse

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Eglise Notre-Dame de Liesse is a French Catholic church. There are beautiful paintings inside and a modern stained glass. Eglise Notre-Dame de Liesse is one of the Annecy tourist spots that you can’t miss.

13. Eating at Rue Sainte-Claire

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Eating at Rue Sainte-Claire is one of the most popular things to do in Annecy. Rue Sainte-Claire is full of bars and restaurants you can go for a meal, wine, coffee since there are many options. Prices aren’t cheap but if you like to treat yourself just go for it!

14. Shopping And Souvenirs on Rue Sainte-Claire

You can buy souvenirs and do shopping on Rue Sainte-Claire. There are many shops and you will find clothes, gifts and many things around.

MORE THINGS TO DO IN ANNECY AND ANNECY TOURIST SPOTS

DAY TRIPS FROM ANNECY

15. GENEVA

Geneva is only one hour driving distance from Annecy. A small city perfect for visiting in the same day and exploring a new country in Switzerland. Easy to walk around and full of bars and restaurants.

16. CHAMBERY

Chambery is a small town with beautiful views to the mountain just one hour driving from Annecy. You can also relax in the lake outside the city for a swim. If you like bicycle there are many routes and paths between Grenoble and Chambery.

17. Chamonix

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Chamonix is located next to Mont Blanc between the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi. Chamonix is one of the most popular ski resorts in France and it’s only 1 hour driving from Annecy.

18. DOMAINE DE VIZILLE.

Domaine de Vizille is one of the most popular road trips from Annecy. The Château de Vizille is a castle near Grenoble and one of the most prestigious and important castles of the Dauphiné Region from 14th century.

19. PARC NATUREL RÉGIONAL DE CHARTREUSE

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Parc Naturel Régional de Chartreuse is one of the best road trips from Annecy if you like the mountains. Parc Naturel Régional de Chartreuse is part of the French Prealps.

20. LYON

Lyon is one of the best road trips from Annecy if you like cities. Walking next to the river and old town is one of the best things to do. Apart from visiting bars and restaurants if you love gastronomy.

WHERE TO STAY IN ANNECY

There are all sorts of accommodations in Annecy. From hostels and B&Bs to apartments and hotels, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget. For example, staying at a hostel or booking a dorm bed goes for around €25-35. A room at a mid-range hotel or a nice apartment can cost around €50-150.

Luxury hotels in Annecy can charge €200 and higher. If you want to stay somewhere comfortable and safe minus the cost, you can always try AirBnB in Annecy. There are entire apartments that go for as low as €25. We think that’s especially lucky because you can click here to get €25 off your first booking with AirBnB!

Click here to book your accommodation in Annecy with Agoda and Booking.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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