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Hill Station
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

The nearest airport is Aeroport Annecy Haute-Savoie Mont Blanc (Annecy Meythet Airport) in the hamlet of Meythet and there is service here on Air France from Paris Orly Airport. An alternative is to fly to Geneva Airport in Switzerland and take the shuttle service to Annecy. Other airports nearby include: Chambery Aix-les-Bains, Lyon St-Exupéry and Paris Roissy.

By Bus

Annecy has bus service from Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Paris. Although it’s a cheap form of travel, going by bus is not as pleasant as travelling by train. Seats are cramped and there are frequent stops along the way.

By Rail

Several daily trains arrive from Grenoble, taking just 2 hours. A dozen or so direct high-speed trains arrive from Paris’ Gare de Lyon, taking just under 4 hours.

By Car

Annecy is near several highways and easily reached by road. If you are coming from Paris, take the A6 southeast to Beaune and join up with the A6/N6 south to Mâcon-Nord. From there, go along the A40 southeast to Seyssel; this joins with the N508 going southeast to Annecy. The journey should take a minimum of 5 hours. The journey by road from Geneva is just 30 minutes along the A40W to St Julien and the RN201 south. From Lyon, take the A43 and from Grenoble and then the A41.

Key places to visit
Lake Annecy, Gorges du Fier, Chteau de Montrottier, Le Palais de I'lle, Nature walks


Places to Visit

Lake Annecy

This stunning lake rests at the foot of the Alps. Surrounded by mountain views, it was created 18,000 years ago from thawing glaciers and covers 27 square kilometres. Once very polluted, the lake is today famous as one of the cleanest lakes in the world and home to a wide range of wildlife including 20 species of fish. A range of water sports is offered here including scuba diving. A large fireworks display celebrates the lake during the first week of August.

Guided cruises on the lake are offered from April to late October. Tours depart between one and six times a day, depending on the season.

Gorges du Fier

Nature buffs won’t want to miss the breathtaking Gorges du Fier, a river gorge. A gangway guides you through a water-cut narrow gully that opens into an expanse of boulders. The gorge can be reached by train or bus from Annecy and is just a few kilometres away. The site is open to the public from mid-June to mid-September, from 09:00 to 19:00; and from mid-March to mid-June and mid-September to mid-October from 09:00 to noon and 14:00 to 18:00. From mid-October to mid-March, the gorge is closed to the public. Hiking the gorge takes less than an hour

Chteau de Montrottier

Dating from the 13th century, Château de Montrottier is one of the main sights in Annecy. Panoramic views of the city and the mountains, especially Mont Blanc, are offered from the chateau’s tower. In    side, the tiny museum is mildly interesting with its displays of antiques, lace, pottery, Asian and African costumes, tapestries, 16th century bas-reliefs and armour. The chateau is open daily except from mid-October to mid-March, but you should check the opening times, as they vary between seasons.

Le Palais de I'lle

Images of Le Palais de I’lle have become the symbol of Annecy. This dank prison resembles a small chateau. It was constructed in the 17th century and is connected to Annecy by a bridge. From June to September, hours are 10:00 to 18:00; while from October to May, hours are from 10:00 to noon and 14:00 to 18:00.

Nature walks

Besides the famous Lake Annecy and the River Thiou, Annecy offers nature lovers plenty of beautiful sights including the Semnoz forest, expansive Fins plain, Annecy-le-Vieux hillside and an assortment of mountains. Surround the area are the Veyrier (1,299 metres), the Semnoz (1,699 metres), the Tournette (2,351 metres) and the Parmelan (1,856 metres) mountains.

Right Time to Visit

September - November