Annecy is a town that radiates charm and emits magnificent majesty due to the stunning Alpine views and impossibly enchanting architecture. Annecy is a town that makes even the most seasoned traveller sigh with nostalgia, a place where the muted pastel colours of the buildings makes them appear like sweet, frosted fancies. Annecy is a town whose natural splendour and cosy quaintness begs to be discovered by the appreciative visitor. Every activity undertaken here will inevitably result in pleasure, whether it’s dipping your feet into the pure and pristine waters of the lake or admiring the architecture.
Lose yourself like a needle in the cultural tapestry of Annecy’s Vieille Ville, a majestic Medieval myriad of crystal clear canals, labyrinthine lanes, blooming flower baskets and the luscious lakefront of Lac d’Annecy. The Pont des Amors is a ridiculously romantic bridge that extends between the floral and fabulous Jardins de l’Europe, grassy and flower filled parks perfect for relaxation. Standing resplendent above the Vieille Ville is the Chateau d’Annecy, a turreted and talismanic example of Medieval architecture that conjures images of fairy tale kingdoms. Relax and refresh on the sandy shores of Plage d’Annecy-le-Vieux, a blissful beach that allows visitors to bask in the turquoise and tranquil waters of the lake.
Arguably the cultural pinnacle of the town due to the Palais de l’Isle’s status as a recognisable landmark and museum, the island residence exhibits fascinating collections on local architecture and history. The museum’s situation on a small islet upon the Canal du Thiou is a welcome novelty that adds fun to the experience.
Located in the enchanted heart of Annecy’s Old Town, the critically acclaimed 20/Vins Restaurant innovates traditional cuisine with contemporary cooking techniques and creative combinations. The seemingly interminable ‘wall of wine’ allows gastronomes to select a perfect accompaniment to either their tantalising tapas or fine French fare. A creative culinary concept is well executed within elegant, wine covered walls.(Passage Golliardi, Quartier Centre Ville Mairie, 74000 Annecy, France)