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Annecy Guide


Located a short 35kms south of Geneva, at the foot of the French Alps, is the beautiful resort town of Annecy. The region’s capital makes a great location for exploring the Haute-Savoie, and has some glorious views of the area’s mountains and lakes. It’s also a busy urban centre that becomes especially crowded in the summer months. With so many exciting attractions to see and do here, it is also best to reserve cheap car hire in Annecy before you travel. Car rentals provide tourists with the freedom to do as they please, and see sights unreachable by public transport alone.

Explore Annecy

In Town
Not far from the centre is Chateau de Montrottier, a 13th century citadel with a great view of Mont Blanc. During summer evenings a lovely carillion concert is performed on the church bells and can be best enjoyed sipping champagne on the grassy hillside and gazing at the breathtaking alpine views. Inside there is a small museum home to armours, tapestries, and pottery.

On Place du Chateau 74000 is the Musée Château d'Annecy. The museum contains regional artifacts that include alpine furniture, oil paintings, religious art and modern works.

Annecy has a very lively town centre with everything from bars, cafes, fairs, carnivals, and street dances. Alternatively, tourists can spend a night at the Theatre d'Annecy, located at 1 Rue Jean-Jaurès. Casino de l'Impérial, found at 32 Av. d'Albigny, might also be of interest to those seeking more excitement for their evening entertainment.

One of the chief summer attractions of Annecy is the lake, and bathing and boating are popular here. There are numerous campsites, picnic spots and walking trails to seek out.

Out of Town
Because of the city’s location, is it possible to venture further out into the countryside, especially if you opt for car hire in Annecy as your form of transport during your holiday. Tourists can either head out alone or arrange a tour from one of many operators in the town. One popular day trip is to catch the train through the Alps to Chamonix. The views are spectacular.

Eating Out
Owned by Marc Veyrat-Durebex, the Auberge de l'Eridan is a famous restaurant found throughout many of Frances popular locations. Specialising in unique dishes; this restaurant can be found in the Savoyard Chateau at the edge of a lake in the village of Veyrier-du-Lac, approximately 1.5kms from Annecy.


By air
There’s a small airport nearby in the hamlet of Meythet, Annecy Haute-Savoie Mont Blanc Airport, and it receives flights from Paris on Air Lib. Car hire suppliers with desks in the arrivals hall include Avis, Europcar and Hertz. If you book car hire in Annecy online today with us, we will find you the best available deals.

By land

If you’re travelling to Annecy by car, the best way to get here from Paris is by taking the highway A6 southeast towards Beaune. From here connect with the A6/N6 south towards Macon-Nord, then follow the A40 southeast to Seyssel, which then connects with the N508 heading southeast to Annecy.

There is also an efficient train service and bus service operating from Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon, and Paris.


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