Annecy is located in the North of the French Alps. The medieval town centre was built around a 14th Century Chateau. The town is divided by small lakes and canals, which are clean, fresh and a beautiful blue colour. It’s known for its old town, with cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-coloured houses. Overlooking the city, the medieval Château d’Annecy, once home to the Counts of Geneva, contains a museum with regional artefacts such as Alpine furniture and religious art, plus a natural history exhibit.
How to get thereEditAnnecy is a popular day trip from nearby Geneva, Switzerland. Buses leave from Geneva's bus station about 5 times a day on Sundays, more frequently on weekdays. Bus T72, operated by Transalis goes from Geneva Airport and Geneva city centre to Annecy with a journey time of 1hr 30 min. There is one daily TGV train service in each direction between Lyon airport and Annecy with a journey time of just under 2 hours. Alternatively, there is also a bus service operated by OUIGO between Lyon airport and Annecy with a journey time of 1hr 45min.
There is a shuttle bus service between Grenoble-Isère Airport and Grenoble railway station operated by Actibus. From Grenoble railway station you can take the train to Annecy. There is also direct trains from Paris or Lyon. The railway station is situated in the city centre of Annecy.
3 "must see" sightsEdit
Palais d'Isle. A former palace-turned-prison. As the name says, it is situated on an island between the canals.
Saint Maurice Church. Roman Catholic church in Annecy, France. It is the oldest church in Annecy. It was originally built as a chapel of a Dominican convent in 1422.
Annecy Castle. Situated on a hill overlooking the city and the surroundings.
Best time to visit Edit
The warmest time to visit Annecy are in the summer months which are June, July and August. The highs are regularly around 27.3°C with temperatures rarely dropping below 14.1°C at night. These months have very comfortable weather. They see moderate precipitation with 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month.
Although during summer the weather is nice it is the most busiest time to visit. This means prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months. Tourists are unlikely to visit Annecy in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Recommended daily budget Edit
I would recommend having a daily budget of $260-$310. If you were going to stay at a moderately priced hotel, that would be $150-$200 per night. Not to mention cab fees, $50, and money for food, $50. $10 for extra activities.
Food specific to Annecy EditSeasonal specialties include, cep and morel mushrooms, veal, root vegetables, juniper and trout from the lake. With all this juicy grass for grazing, cow’s milk cheeses are popular. Try Beaufort, a hard, mild cheese like Gruyère that is often used in fondue. You’ll also find Beaufort in sauces paired with fish in this Alpine region. For something stronger, Reblochon is a soft, stinky washed rind cheese that goes well in potato gratin mixed with port or bacon.
Places to eat Edit
Restaurant 1er Mets (fine dining, 5 star rating)Located in the heart of the city of Annecy. French, European, vegetarian friendly. They serve lunch and dinner. Good for special occasion dining, kids, business meetings, local cuisine, romantic, child-friendly.
Le Vertumne (local restaurant, 4.5 star rating) French and European cuisine. Lunch and dinner is served. Good for local cuisine, child-friendly, business meetings, special occasion dining.
BRUMES (cheap eats, 5 star rating)Cafe, vegetarian friendly and vegan options. Serves lunch, breakfast and drinks. Child-friendly.
Le Barista Café (breakfast, 5 star rating)Street food, french, café and vegetarian friendly. Serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and drinks. Good for kids.
L'Heure Tourne (moderately priced fast food, 4.5 star rating) Fast food, vegetarian friendly. Serves lunch and dinner, good for kids.
Places to stay Edit
Cheap: Hotel Restaurant Bellevue ($96 per night) Located in the heart of the spectacular Grisons Alps, Hotel Bellevue Wiesen is popular with skiers, hikers, bikers, classic car enthusiasts, golfers, families, couples, independent travellers, and anyone who loves spending quality time in the mountains.
Hotel du Chateau ($162 per night) Nestled in greenery, The hotel is ideally situated, facing the towers and city walls of the medieval Cité it welcomes you at the entrance to the drawbridge.
Moderate: Le Boutik Hotel ($228 per night)The Boutik Hotel offers its fashionable/trendy and gourmet guests, the opportunity to choose a souvenir which they can buy and take away with them.
Imperial Palace ($431 per night)The exceptional environment of the peninsula and its majestic façade makes this 4-star hotel a stunning destination set amid lake and the mountains.
Luxury: Les Loges Annecy Vieille Ville ($508 per night) A lot of light. And beautiful stones. Old. A bit rebellious. Irresistible. Almost carnal.
Festival and/or holidays Edit
Carnival Vénitien- Annecy has been called the Alpine Venetia since a long time, with its canals crossing the historic town. This nickname takes its full sense during the 2 and a half days of the Carnival
The National Holiday- From 4 p.m. events for children, then from 8 p.m. events of different kinds. At 10 p.m. fireworks followed by public dancing at 11 p.m. Free public access.
High Five Festival- The "High Five" will celebrate the beginning of the ski season. This festival is dedicated to freestyle and free ride skiing culture.
Time differences and currency Edit
Annecy is 9 hours behind Norfolk Island and 8 hours behind Sydney, Australia. In Annecy, they use the currency Euro. That converts into 1.58 Australian dollars.
Common phrases Edit
Bonjour. (bon-zhour) Hello. Merci. (mair-see) Thankyou. Au revoir. (oh-reu-vwar) Goodbye. La gare (lar gar) – The train station. L’aeroport (l’aero-por) – the airport. Une voiture (une vwa-tiure) – a car. S’il vous plaît (see-voo-play) - please. Je cherche (zheu share-sh) – I’m looking for. Un hôtel (ern otell) – A hotel. De l’eau (deu-lo) - some water. Des magasins (day magga-zan) – Shops. Je ne comprends pas. (zheu neu kompron par ) I don’t understand. Je ne parle pas français. (zheu neu parl par fron-say ) I don’t speak French. Où est-ce qu’on peut trouver des restaurants, s’il vous plaît? ( oo esk on peu troo-vay day resto-ron, see-voo-play) Where are there some restaurants, please?. Nous sommes perdus.(noo som pair-dju) We’re lost. Je cherche un distributeur de billets. (zheu share-sh ern dee-stree-beaut-eur deu bee-ay) I’m looking for an ATM / cash dispenser. Où sont les toilettes, s’il vous plaît ? ( oo son lay twar-let, see-voo-play) Where is the toilet / washroom, please?.