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Annecy: What to do when you get there?

Discover the activities to do in Annecy ! Nicknamed the "Venice of the Alps", the city of Annecy is a little jewel of the Haute-Savoie region, full of things to see and activities to do, in summer and in winter!

Famous for its old town and its pleasant alpine setting, Annecy is a privileged destination for a stay in Haute-Savoie. Less than an hour by car from Geneva and two hours from Lyon, it is also easily accessible from other major cities by train thanks to its station. There is nothing better than to go to Annecy to enjoy a few days in the mountains, by a lake with many things to do!

The first thing to do in Annecy when you arrive is to walk around its old town with its colorful houses. There are many restaurants with Savoyard specialties (tartiflette, fondue savoyarde, etc.), as well as the Castle of Annecy in the heights, offering a panorama on the roofs of the city. It is also in the old town that the Thiou canal flows, inviting you to walk along it to the Jardins de l'Europe on the shores of Lake Annecy, facing the Ile des Cygnes. On the other side of the Jardins de l'Europe, there is the pretty little canal of Vassé, which can be crossed thanks to the well-known Pont des Amours, as well as a walkway along the lake allowing you to enjoy beautiful views as far as the beach of Albigny.

Annecy is easily visited on foot, but cycling is also a very good way to get around, especially if you plan to go all the way around the lake of Annecy or visit the surrounding Savoyard mountains. Many trails have been laid out to facilitate travel, whether for hikers or bikers, as many hikes are possible around Annecy: let's mention the hikes on the Veyrier and La Tournette mountains, as well as the downhill mountain bike routes on the Semnoz mountain. In summer as well as in winter, thanks to snowshoes, hiking in Annecy is a must!

The mountains around Lake Annecy are ideal for other sports activities such as via ferrata or canyoning (Angon canyon, Montmin canyon, etc.), and more particularly for aerial activities not to be missed in the region: microlight flying, hang gliding, and inevitably paragliding. The Lake Annecy region is indeed favorable to paragliding, even in winter, with generally a take-off at the Col de la Forclaz, not far from Doussard where the majority of paragliding schools are located. Hot air balloon flights are also available to enjoy the beautiful alpine landscapes around Annecy and its lake, with the possibility to admire from the sky the Dents de Lanfon, the Aravis mountain range, and even further the Mont Blanc.

Who says lake also says nautical activities! The lake of Annecy is a popular destination in summer to enjoy a swim in its pure waters from its beaches like the Marquisats, but not only. It is of course possible to go around by boat, but also by stand up paddle for those who prefer the calm. The thrill-seekers will find their happiness thanks to the wingfoil and wakeboard activities available in Veyrier-du-Lac.

Whether in summer or in winter, Annecy and its surroundings offer several types of activities accessible all year round. Water activities are of course more pleasant in summer, but air and land sports can be practiced in almost all seasons, such as skateboarding or mountain biking. So all you have to do is plan your next trip to Annecy whenever you want, as the Haute-Savoie is full of things to do to keep you entertained!

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Massif des Bauges
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Aix-les-Bains
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La Clusaz, Massif des Aravis
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La Clusaz
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Lake Bourget, Aix les Bains
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Le Grand-Bornand, Massif des Aravis
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Le Grand-Bornand
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Albertville
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Geneva
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Annemasse
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Les Saisies
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Chamoux-sur-Gelon
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Chambéry
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Megève
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Megève, Evasion Mont Blanc
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Val d'Arly
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Mieussy
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Les Carroz, Le Grand Massif
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Sallanches
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Flaine, Le Grand Massif
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Contamines-Montjoie, Massif du Mont-Blanc
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Serrières-de-Briord
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Les Gets, Portes du Soleil
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Samoëns, Le Grand Massif
16 activities
Valmorel, Le Grand Domaine
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Allevard
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Les Gets
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Montgirod Centron
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Moûtier, Les Trois Vallées
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Morzine, Portes du Soleil
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Chartreuse Mountains
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Chamonix Mont-Blanc
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La Plagne, Paradiski
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La Plagne
1 activity
Thonon-les-Bains
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Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil
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Meribel, Les Trois Vallées
8 activities
Meribel
2 activities
Courchevel, Les Trois Vallées
17 activities
Les Arcs
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Les Arcs, Paradiski
14 activities
Les 7 Laux
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Courmayeur
6 activities
La Thuile
1 activity
Les Sybelles
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Châtel, Portes du Soleil
1 activity
Châtel
2 activities
Le Corbier, Les Sybelles
1 activity
Val Thorens, Les Trois Vallées
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Val Thorens
1 activity
Tignes
1 activity
Tignes, Espace Killy
53 activities
Albiez-Montrond, Les Sybelles
2 activities
Valgrisenche
1 activity
Haut-Jura
27 activities
Lausanne
2 activities
Grenoble
43 activities
Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse
1 activity
Val d'Isère, Espace Killy
32 activities
Val d'Isère
3 activities
Villeneuve
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Chamrousse
9 activities
Alpe d'Huez
5 activities
Montreux
4 activities
Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine
11 activities
Malafretaz
1 activity
Valfréjus, Haute Maurienne
4 activities
Val Cenis, Haute Maurienne
15 activities
Verbier
17 activities
Bonneval-sur-Arc, Haute Maurienne
5 activities
Bessans, Haute Maurienne
9 activities
La Grave
11 activities
Aosta Valley
35 activities
Les Deux Alpes
6 activities
Diablerets
1 activity
Lyon
11 activities
Métabief
1 activity
Château-d'Oex
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Gran Paradiso National Park
4 activities
Sion
1 activity
Monetier, Serre-Chevalier
3 activities
Gruyeres
1 activity
Arolla
2 activities
Gstaad
2 activities
Serre Chevalier
32 activities
Mâcon
3 activities
Ecrins National Park
3 activities
Brianconn
1 activity
Briançon
8 activities
Vallouise
1 activity
Sierre
11 activities
Niouc
3 activities
Zinal
1 activity
Zinal
1 activity
Zermatt
13 activities
Gressoney
4 activities
Diemtigtal
1 activity
Kandersteg
2 activities
Queyras
3 activities
Eygliers
2 activities
Alagna Valsesia
23 activities
Risoul, La Forêt Blanche
13 activities
Gap
14 activities
Saillans
1 activity
Embrun
5 activities
Brig
8 activities
Lake Serre Ponçon
13 activities
Thun
4 activities
Vars, La Forêt Blanche
12 activities
Vars
1 activity
Les Orres
6 activities
Bern
6 activities
Roanne
1 activity
Oberland
1 activity
Interlaken
29 activities
Turin
3 activities
Vallée de l'Ubaye
7 activities
Juré
1 activity
Domodossola
3 activities
Saint-Jeures
2 activities
Pra Loup, Espace Lumière
7 activities
Laragne-Montéglin
2 activities
Dijon
12 activities
Sisteron
4 activities
Ardèche
57 activities
Auron
1 activity
Le Puy en Velay, Haute-Loire
3 activities

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Annecy: What to do when you get there?

Discover the activities to do in Annecy ! Nicknamed the "Venice of the Alps", the city of Annecy is a little jewel of the Haute-Savoie region, full of things to see and activities to do, in summer and in winter!

Famous for its old town and its pleasant alpine setting, Annecy is a privileged destination for a stay in Haute-Savoie. Less than an hour by car from Geneva and two hours from Lyon, it is also easily accessible from other major cities by train thanks to its station. There is nothing better than to go to Annecy to enjoy a few days in the mountains, by a lake with many things to do!

The first thing to do in Annecy when you arrive is to walk around its old town with its colorful houses. There are many restaurants with Savoyard specialties (tartiflette, fondue savoyarde, etc.), as well as the Castle of Annecy in the heights, offering a panorama on the roofs of the city. It is also in the old town that the Thiou canal flows, inviting you to walk along it to the Jardins de l'Europe on the shores of Lake Annecy, facing the Ile des Cygnes. On the other side of the Jardins de l'Europe, there is the pretty little canal of Vassé, which can be crossed thanks to the well-known Pont des Amours, as well as a walkway along the lake allowing you to enjoy beautiful views as far as the beach of Albigny.

Annecy is easily visited on foot, but cycling is also a very good way to get around, especially if you plan to go all the way around the lake of Annecy or visit the surrounding Savoyard mountains. Many trails have been laid out to facilitate travel, whether for hikers or bikers, as many hikes are possible around Annecy: let's mention the hikes on the Veyrier and La Tournette mountains, as well as the downhill mountain bike routes on the Semnoz mountain. In summer as well as in winter, thanks to snowshoes, hiking in Annecy is a must!

The mountains around Lake Annecy are ideal for other sports activities such as via ferrata or canyoning (Angon canyon, Montmin canyon, etc.), and more particularly for aerial activities not to be missed in the region: microlight flying, hang gliding, and inevitably paragliding. The Lake Annecy region is indeed favorable to paragliding, even in winter, with generally a take-off at the Col de la Forclaz, not far from Doussard where the majority of paragliding schools are located. Hot air balloon flights are also available to enjoy the beautiful alpine landscapes around Annecy and its lake, with the possibility to admire from the sky the Dents de Lanfon, the Aravis mountain range, and even further the Mont Blanc.

Who says lake also says nautical activities! The lake of Annecy is a popular destination in summer to enjoy a swim in its pure waters from its beaches like the Marquisats, but not only. It is of course possible to go around by boat, but also by stand up paddle for those who prefer the calm. The thrill-seekers will find their happiness thanks to the wingfoil and wakeboard activities available in Veyrier-du-Lac.

Whether in summer or in winter, Annecy and its surroundings offer several types of activities accessible all year round. Water activities are of course more pleasant in summer, but air and land sports can be practiced in almost all seasons, such as skateboarding or mountain biking. So all you have to do is plan your next trip to Annecy whenever you want, as the Haute-Savoie is full of things to do to keep you entertained!

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