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Tips | Exclusive Hiking Routes in Annecy, the Most Beautiful Town in the Alps

The most beautiful town under the Alps---- Annecy

Annecy is located on the border between France and Switzerland, with the Alps at its back, the melting water of the snow-capped mountains flowing into the emerald Lake Annecy, and the canals winding through the entire old town, Annecy is also known as the "Balcony of the Alps".

Stroll along the cobblestone streets, climb up to the old castle and see the old town from afar, visit the church museums, or canoe on the lake... Here you can relax, but never get bored.

The editor who lives under the Alps will provide you with exclusive customized Annecy hiking routes ➕food recommendations, and take you to experience the charm of Annecy with the most special perspective.

Annecy is romantic, where the French Enlightenment thinker Rousseau met Mrs. Warren. He wrote a lot of memories about Annecy in his Confessions, unreservedly telling his love for Mrs. Warren.

Rousseau once said he spent the "best twelve years" of his life at Annecy, and you, in turn, can spend the best day of your life here.

"My mind is the flowing waters of Annecy, swept to purity, just in time for confession ......"

Rousseau's Confessions

La randonnée à Annecy

Exclusive customized trekking routes in Annecy

As an outdoor travel enthusiast, hiking and sightseeing in beautiful Annecy is also a great option. Our exclusive customized Annecy walking tour route covers all the major attractions of Annecy on the way, allowing you to experience the charm of Annecy while hiking at ease.

Introduction to Hiking

Difficulty: easy

Duration: 2h30-3h30

Altitude: 80m

Main Route: Church of Our Lady of Lys - St. Clare Street - Bagnorea Hotel - Fort Annecy - Shrine of Our Lady of the Presentation - St. Francois Church - Nakao Island - St. Maurice's Church - European Gardens - Love Bridge - Lake Annecy

Route Introduction: An easy hiking route customized by me after visiting Annecy and exploring the area in depth. From west to east, from north to south, we will visit all the attractions in Annecy, and on the way, you can stop for sightseeing or resting and dining according to your needs.

At the end of the article, there is also a paragliding trip in Annecy and a big food egg that I have prepared for you, don't miss it!

Église Notre-Dame-de-Liesse

01. Notre Dame de Lise

We started our walking tour from Notre Dame de Reims, which is the closest to the train and parking lot in Annecy. Notre Dame de Liès is a French Catholic church and one of the former universities of the Diocese of Geneva.

Rue Sainte-Claire

02. St. Clair Street

Crossing the Rue St. Clair, the main street of Annecy, the 16th-century houses, arches and other buildings on the street were mainly made of wood and clay, and were rebuilt in stone by order of the Duke of Savoy after being destroyed by fires several times and have survived to the present day.

St. Clair Street is the busiest street in Annecy's old town, where local residents hold a market three times a week to buy the freshest vegetables, fruits, cheeses, hams, cheeses, and if you are lucky, you can also find beautiful and cheap jewelry and tableware.

You can buy the freshest fruits and vegetables, Annecy's specialty hams and cheeses, and if you are lucky, you can also find beautiful and inexpensive jewelry and tableware.

The Annecy market offers a wide variety of authentic Alpine cheeses.

I would like to give you a special recommendation for alpine cheese, which is produced only in summer - from the milk of cows, goats or sheep on Alpine pastures. Only cheeses whose milk comes from and is made in the high mountains can be called alpine cheeses and have a creamy flavor.

Along the way, visit the Hotel Bagnorea, bought at the beginning of the seventeenth century by the famous jurist Antoine Favre, President of the Senate of the Savoy Region, who, with the bishop St. Francis of Assisi, founded here the Académie florimontane, where St. Francis of Assisi resided between 1610 and 1622.

Château d'Annecy

03. Annecy Castle

At the end of the Rue St. Clair is the Château d'Annecy, built between the 12th and 16th centuries and classified by the French Ministry of Culture as a historical monument of France.

The Château d'Annecy, once the residence of the Counts of Geneva, was abandoned in the 17th century after several fires and converted into a barracks until 1947, when the city of Annecy purchased the château in 1953 and transformed it into the "Château d'Annecy Museum".

The Queen's Tower (Tour de la Reine) is the oldest part of the Château, dating back to the 12th century. She has witnessed the storms of Annecy's old town over the centuries and the walls of the Queen's Tower are 4 meters thick. From the Château's terrace you can look out over the streets and red roofs of the old town.

Basilique de la Visitation

04. Our Lady's visit to the Temple

Follow the street south to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, a magnificent neo-Gothic Roman Catholic Pontifical Shrine built between 1909 and 1930. The bronze and gilded sarcophagi of the two Annecy saints are in the sanctuary.

Église Saint-François

05. Church of St. François

Then head north to the Church of St. François, a Baroque church built in 1614 and situated opposite the Palais de l'Isle.

Église Saint-François

05. Church of St. François

Then head north to the Church of St. François, a Baroque church built in 1614 and situated opposite the Palais de l'Isle.

Palais de l'Isle

06. Nakanoshima/Shimamiya

The Palais de l'Isle, also known as the Island Palace, is an island in the canals of the small town, built in the 12th century and shaped like a ship anchored in the river. It is a landmark of Annecy.

In its early years it was used as a prison to hold prisoners, as well as a courthouse and a mint, and is now accessible as a history museum. The Nakao Island is a must-hit place when you come to Annecy!

Rolling hills, crystal clear water, blooming flowers and colorful houses are the indispensable beauty of Annecy, where you can stroll or sit in a riverside café to chat and enjoy the purest French elegance.

Église Saint-Maurice

07. Church of St. Maurice

Then visit the Church of St. Maurice, the former church of the Dominican Monastery, built in 1422. St. Maurice d'Agaune is also the patron saint of the Savoy Region. It was looted during the French Revolution and restored in 1803.

Jardins de l'Europe

08. European Garden

The Garden of Europe is a wide grassy area on the shores of Lake Annecy, where local French people like to lie on the grass and enjoy the sunshine, or bring their children for a picnic and a family Frisbee game.

If you feel tired, you can lie down on the soft grass to enjoy the southern French sunshine. (Don't forget to wear sunscreen!)

Pont des Amours

09. Love Bridge

Love Bridge is located in the south of the European Garden, is the junction of the canal and Lake Annecy, standing on the bridge can see the beautiful Lake Annecy. Love Bridge is a must-visit place for couples to make a promise about love on the Love Bridge.

La Lac d'Annecy

10. Lake Annecy, the emerald under the Alps

Cross the Love Bridge to Lake Annecy.

Lake Annecy formed 1800 years ago in the Alpine glacier melting period, thousands of years of snowy glacier melt water into the lake, so that the bottom of Lake Annecy clear, such as a piece of falling in the Alps at the foot of the turquoise emerald, Lake Annecy is known as the "Europe's purest lakes".

At the end of the hike, you can stroll and cycle along the shores of Lake Annecy to watch the swans play in the lake, or canoe on the lake and look out over the rolling Alps in the distance, which is one of the great pleasures of life.

Le Parapente d'Annecy

Neighborhood Tips - Annecy Paragliding

Does the beauty of Annecy leave you wanting more?

Do you think there is only peace and quiet in Annecy?

No! Annecy will always surprise you!

I especially recommend you exciting and fun Annecy paragliding trip, take you with the "God's perspective" overlooking the most beautiful scenery.

Life is all about conquering fears and challenging yourself.

The exciting paragliding is definitely one of the most unmissable experiences in Annecy, traveling in the blue sky, surrounded by rolling hills, the turquoise Annecy Lake is at your feet.

Practical information

This site has skydiving airplanes in various areas on it:

Annecy Paragliding must be booked in advance, contact us to take you to the skies!

Les gastronomie d'Annecy

Annecy Culinary Eggs

Annecy old town has a lot of French style restaurants distributed on both sides of the riverbank, enjoy the food while enjoying the town scenery with the breeze. The foodie editor personally evaluated and photographed the food, just to give you a more unforgettable Annecy.

Cheese Fondue

Put the cheese in a small pan of about 8 inches, let it cook down to a liquid form and then add a quantity of white wine liquor or fruit wine, use a long-handled fork to fork up a piece of French breaded vegetables and other ingredients into the pan, dip it in the tangy hot cheese, the texture will make you unforgettable.

Beef Burger with Cheese

The burger is sandwiched between a juicy beef patty, the beef is thick and you can choose how rare you want it to be, served with large slices of tomato and onion and other vegetables, and topped with thick cheddar cheese for a super satisfying bite!

Baked snails in French style

One of the most classic French meals, you have to taste the French escargot, the snail meat is tender and juicy, take your taste buds to explore the world like never before.

Annecy Restaurant Recommendation

Name: Restaurant 1er Mets

Address: 2 Place Saint Maurice, 74000, Annecy France

Phone: +33 4 57 09 10 54

Price: 24 € - 65 €

Name: L'Esquisse

Address: 21 rue Royale, 74000, Annecy France

Phone: +33 4 50 44 80 59

Price: 18 € - 66 €

Name: Le Denti

Address: 25 avenue de Loverchy, 74000, Annecy France

Phone: +33 4 50 64 21 17

Price: 21 € - 44 €

Handmade ice cream

There are many small ice cream shops on Annecy Street. The ice cream balls in various fruit flavors are sweet but not greasy. When you take a walk after a meal, you can have an ice cream cone (I ate three), it is simply wonderful.

Annecy ice cream shop recommendations

Store name: Glacier des alps

Address: 16 rue Perrière, 74000, Annecy France

Phone: +33 4 50 51 08 86

Price: 2 € - 6 €

Store name: Le Palais des Glaces

Address: 6 Rue Perrière, 74000, Annecy France

Price: 2 € - 6 €

Store name: Chez Poustache

Address: 8 Rue de L'ile, 74000, Annecy France

Phone: +33 4 50 23 12 58

Price: 2 € - 6 €

In the afternoon in Annecy, you will want time to stand still and retain this leisure.

Every corner of Annecy is full of literature and art. Stroll to the end of the alley and there are street painters' stalls. Buy a painting or a postcard and send it to miss you.

Practical information

Annecy has a temperate maritime climate, with little temperature difference throughout the year. It is mild and humid, making it suitable for travel all year round.

Recommended number of days to visit: 2 days

The town of Annecy is not big, so you can walk the entire tour, or rent bicycles to ride around the lake. The bicycle rental point (Vélonecy) is located at the train station (place de la Gare), and the bicycle rental price is 15 euros per day. For tourists with a bus or train ticket, the rental price is only 5 euros per day.

The cruise boats on Lake Annecy are divided into two-person pedal boats and multi-person electric boats, and the price is about 15 euros/hour. (There are also more expensive sailing boats to choose from according to your needs)

Paragliding in Annecy requires reservation in advance, and the price is around 100 euros per person.

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