Annecy – The most beautiful town in France?

Most people, after visiting the Alpine town of Annecy in France, come away saying that Annecy is the most beautiful town in France. I visited Annecy for the first time last summer and I can see why tourists make that statement about this town that sits at the end of the lake that bears the same name.

Annecy has cobbled streets, winding canals, colourful flowers and pastel coloured houses. The Medieval Chateaux de Annecy looks out over the town and the lake and this castle was once home to the Counts of Geneva. The Alpine water in Lake Annecy is crystal clear and it is said that you can drink straight from the lake it is so clear of pollution.

We arrived on the train after a stunning scenic rail journey from Chamonix in France, on the Mont Blanc Express via Switzerland, and stayed at the Best Western International Hotel. This was a functional economical hotel, about a 10 minute walk from the station and the old town. The old town throngs with people in summer and the weather was hot whilst we were there. There are plenty of restaurants where you can eat outside overlooking the aqua blue canals. The speciality of the area is Tarte au Flet, a delicious potato, onion and ham dish. It’s a winter dish but we ordered it anyway!

What to do in Annecy?

There is lots to do in Annecy. Wander around the old town and explore canals and pretty shops. Take a long lunch and people watch! Walk to the lake and over the Pont des Amours (Lovers Bridge), hire a bike and cycle around some of the lake or go out on a pleasure cruise on Lake Annecy. After a day in the sun sit on a bench and look out over the lake before heading out to get something to eat at the many restaurants.

I would certainly go back to Annecy. Spending two nights there was not long enough to explore all the activities on offer in this stunning area of France.

Here are a few photos that I took whilst in Annecy.

Annecy old town
Chateaux de Annecy
Luxurious chateaux in Annecy

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