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Our top tips when visiting Annecy Want to know what we think you should do when you visit Annecy? Read our top tips here!

Commonly known as the ‘Venice of the Alps’, Annecy is a beautiful alpine city that you must not miss on your holiday camping on lake Annecy in the French Alps! Its unique and beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Annecy makes it a special place to explore. There are 2 parts to the city of Annecy; the old town, known as the ‘vielle ville’ and the new modern part with all the usual chain shops and a shopping centre. 

Here is our suggested itinerary on your day trip to Annecy:

Explore the Vielle Ville

In the vielle ville, you will find beautiful narrow cobbled streets lined with picturesque buildings. The many little bridges crossing canals, small passageways and streets with beautiful coloured buildings are a delight to photography lovers and are really reminiscent of a mini Venice!

Wander the streets, explore the little shops for souvenirs and check out the little cafés & restaurants lining the canals. Top tip- If you’re looking for ice-cream, the ‘Glacier des Alpes’ (with a queue) is the most famous ice-cream parlour, operating since the 1960’s.

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Take a photo at the Palais de l’Îsle

The Palais de l’Îsle is the most photographed place in Annecy. This ancient prison/ courthouse/ care home dates back to the Middle Ages and has had many purposes over the years. Today it has been converted to a visitors museum of local history. 

Explore ‘Le Paquier’ and 'Pont des Amours'

In front of the city and bordering the lake, there is large green park named ‘Le Paquier’ , here you will find the ‘jardins de Europe’ (suitable for a picnic by the lake!) and the ‘Pont Des Amours’ which is a famous iron bridge of lovers that crosses the river Thiou which flows along the old town besides pretty quays. The Pont des Amours is so called, as apparently if lovers kiss in the middle of the bridge, they will stay together forever!

From the Pont Des Amours, you can enjoy beautiful views out to Lake Annecy, with the magnificent La Tournette, the tallest of the Lake Annecy mountains in the background. On the other side of the bridge, you can enjoy the pretty scene of the Canal du Vassé.

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The Annecy Farmer’s Market

There are many markets that operate during the week in Annecy, mainly selling food items. The Old Town Market on the Rue Sainte-Claire is on Tuesday, Friday and Sundays. The market experience is one that you must experience if you are a lover of food, you will find fresh produce, such as local cured meats and special local alpine cheeses such as Reblochon and Tomme. 

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Walk up to The Château d’Annecy

The Château d’Annecy is located high up in Annecy, above the old town, reached by a steep pathway and is a restored medieval castle from the 12th century. Previously inhabited by the Counts of Geneva, it is now a museum which you can visit and learn some local history about Annecy & the Haute Savoie region.

From the chateau, you can enjoy a fantastic birds eye view of Lake Annecy and a famous view of the coloured rooftops of the city of Annecy. 

Enjoy the lake

If you have time, hire a pedalo or boat and explore this end of the Lake or visit the beach at the Imperial Palace, which has a slide that goes into the lake. 

There are plenty of places to hire from on the paquier.

Restaurants in Annecy & how to get there from our campsites

Our restaurant recommendations in Annecy:

Tête de Cochon, 7 rue Sainte Claire, 74000, 
Bar Roux d'Heure, 6-8 Rue Filaterie, 74000 Annecy
Une autre histoire 26 rue Royale 74000

Gluten free food : 

Liber art 41 Rue Vaugelas, 74000 Annecy 

L'heure Bio , 5 Passage des Cordeliers Place des cordeliers, 74000, Annecy France 

La Bicyclette Rose, 29 rue Sommeiller, 74000, Annecy France

Shopping :

The old town has little shops that you can explore, over on the otherside, you will find all the usual chain shops and a shopping centre.

How to get to Annecy from our campsites in Doussard, Lake Annecy? :

The best way to get to Annecy, whilst on your holiday camping with us in Annecy is to take the boat from Doussard (1 hour each way) or cycle on the off road cycle path (20 km). 

Driving is possible and free parking is available in the 'parking des marquisats’ , however we strongly do not recommend driving to Annecy in the high season – it is stressful, there is a lot of traffic and taking the boat / cycling is stress free and much more interesting. Infact, the boat trip itself is worth it on it’s own from the perspective that you get a tour of the lake and get a running commentary of all aspects of Lake Annecy.  

Top Tip – buy your boat tickets from the campsite reception for a reduced rate!

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