a historic city
To speak of Annecy is to evoke a rare and privileged quality of life that has been acclaimed both
near and far for centuries, and which attracts an ever-increasing number of inhabitants and visitors each year.
It is about depicting a picture postcard region set in the heart of mountains towering above the purest lake in
Europe. And all of this against the background of an old town crisscrossed by canals infused by the Thiou River
and which have resulted in Annecy’s poetic nickname of the Venice of the Alps.
Strolling through its narrow, paved streets during walks will take you through vaulted arcades sheltering
bistros and restaurants in colorful markets spilling out onto the streets, past the Château d'Annecy square on
the Quai de l'Évêché, as well as inviting terraces and national monuments, the Palais de l'Ile, Annecy National
Stud Farm, from the Hôtel de la Monnaie to the Hôtel de Sales, from the Basilique de la Visitation to the
ancient Palais episcopal (bishop’s palace). Every step you take will lead you through a place brimming with both
history and many tales.