Annecy is an alpine town which lies in south-eastern France. My husband was in Geneva for a meeting and I took a day trip all by myself to visit this picturesque town. Annecy is sometimes called “Pearl of French Alps” describing its location between the lake and mountains. The canals which run through the city give it the moniker “Venice of the Alps”.
The most beautiful sight of Annecy is the lake. Lake Annecy is the third largest lake in France, if the French part of Lake Geneva (which is shared between Switzerland and France) is excluded. It is known as Europe’s cleanest lake because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s. It is a popular tourist destination known for its swimming and water sports. The lakeside views are calming I enjoyed packing a picnic lunch and sitting by the lake watching people and the birds before my bus started for Geneva.
The Palais de l’Isle is a 12th century castle. It is located on an island in the river Thiou. It served as a prison, court house and a mint until the French Revolution. It now houses a local history museum.
The Château d’Annecy (Annecy Castle) was the home of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours.
If you want a quiet day enjoying nature’s beauty, it is worth spending some hours at Annecy. Walk along the lake, lick an icecream, feed the birds and watch people. Sometimes you need to give your soul some me-time!