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Things to do in Annecy

Annecy – the Venice of Haute-Savoie

Annecy is a small French commune with breathtaking scenery. Take part in different festivals, go camping, take a walking tour, see the town’s landmarks and tourist spots are just a few of the wonderful things to do in Annecy while on holiday. The city is pure eye candy and conjures up a fairy tale existence with its adorable mini chateaus, sparkling canals and more often than not- perfect weather.

 

Things to do in Annecy

Annecy is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department, eastern France. Because of its close proximity with Geneva, Switzerland, Annecy is a popular holiday destination from the Swiss city. Annecy is also part of a railway system that connects many major cities all across Europe, letting more people discover this charming gem.

 

Annecy Camping

Annecy is a popular camping destination, especially the Annecy Lake and the mountains around the city.

 

Rugby & Triathlon

The city hosts several sports events. It has its own rugby club called the Union Sportive Annecy Rugby Club. It also holds an annual triathlon named Triathlon International du Lac d’Annecy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When to go to Annecy

Annecy remains fairly warm year round with average winter temperatures in the upper 10 s Celsius (40s Fahrenheit) and summer temperatures in the upper 20s Celsius (70s Fahrenheit). Winter has a higher percentage of precipitation, which may dampen some outdoor activities. However, winter allows for many sightseeing adventures through the museums and monuments that are available in the town. Summers can become quite warm, but you can cool off by taking breaks for cool refreshments or in one of the many nightlife hotspots across the city after sunset.

 

Annecy International Animated Film Festival

For film lovers, you’ll surely love the Annecy International Animated Film Festival which is held annually in June. This animation festival began in 1960 and has become one of four festivals that are sponsored by the International Animated Film Association.

 

Accommodations in Annecy

Hotel accommodations in Annecy have very nice ratings, regardless of the price range. You will surely be able to find lodging that will fit your price requirements when visiting Annecy on your holiday. You may also be able to find a good deal with one of the many charming cottages and bed and breakfast rentals during the off-season. Be sure to plan ahead and check the city’s calendar for any events that may cause overbooking in some hotels.

 

Things to do in Annecy

Annecy Facts

Population52 890
CountryFrance
Longitude6.133
Latitude45.916
AirportGeneve Cointrin, Switzerland (GVA)

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MARATHON

Marathon du Lac D'Annecy & Half-Marathon Annecy

Taking place in the beautiful lake-side city of Annecy, the Marathon du Lac D'Annecy is a marathon with one of the more scenic routes. Do keep in mind though that this is not the kind of marathon where you can walk all the way as there is a time limit of five hours, and if you are not fluent in French, you might have to rely on your ability to do gestures and follow signs as there is not a whole lot of information in English available. But if you are looking for a city where you can spend your vacation and at the same time participate in a marathon, this might just be one of the best places to go.

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SKIING

Annecy ski vacations - Awesome skiing in the French Alps

In Annecy you can find several good places for skiing in the French Alps. The four resorts La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and Saint Jean de Sixt have all come together to create Lake Annecy Ski Resorts. The first one, La Clusaz consist out of 5 mountain areas who offers lots of slopes, 83 to be exact, and over 82 miles (132 km). Here you can find something in all the degrees of difficulties, there are 7 black slopes, 23 red, 28 blue and 25 green. In Le Grand Bornand you have 56 miles (90km) of slopes and at about 6 890 ft (2100 m) you reach the highest peak of the mountain. The ski area in Manigod is linked to La Clusaz and here you find 26 slopes. One of them is black, 8 red, 14 blue and 3 green. Manigod is the perfect place for families. The beginners should head out to the friendly St Jean de Sixt. There you can choose out of 5 slopes to slide down from, 2 green, 2 blue and 1 red. Lake Annecy Ski Resorts have something for everybody and they combine tradition with creativity to give you the best holiday you can get.

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GOLF

Golf in Annecy

In the picturesque town of Annecy, there are two great golf courses. First up, to the south of the city on the east side of the beautiful Lac d'Annecy in the Haute Savoie area you will find Lake Annecy Golf Club. Here you can play a round of golf on the 18 holes while having the lake on one side and the foot of the mountain on the other in this amazing nature reserve. To the north of the city you will find Golf du Belvédère, a 9 hole course, perfect for you if you are looking for a short but sweet golfing experience.

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WATER-PARK

Water Parks in Annecy - An all day of water fun at Vitam

Vitam is both an indoor and outdoor water park that is located a little bit outside of the city Annecy. Although it is a relatively small water park you can easily spend a whole day here with your family without getting bored. While the children go off and loose some energy on the water slides and in the pools the adults can relax and forget about the everyday life for a day.

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