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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“As you step away from the Annecy Old Town and you stroll along the main canal, the pathway will take you towards the Lac d Annecy (Lake Annecy). This is the third largest lake in France, so bring your camera, because the view is quite impressive! There are plenty of activities to choose from. You can hire a motor boat, or you can choose to get on a pedal boat and take your time relaxing whilst sunbathing in the French sunshine. Alternatively, you can choose to spend some time in the beautiful Jardins de l’Europe (Gardens of Europe). Where else you can relax at the 18th century gardens with a view over a beautiful lake and the spectacular backdrop of the mountain range. It is stunning! These days, the gardens feature a much smaller number of original plants; thus allowing for a clearer view of the lake. Win-win situation here. If you are travelling to Annecy with kids, then this will be a great place for you to stretch your legs too. The park has an extensive grassy area for kids to loose some energy and there is also a kids play park with a bunch of slides, swings and other funky toys to play with.”
  • 111 locals recommend
Castle
“One of the most popular activities for visitors and locals alike is to venture out on a journey around the Lake Annecy. Yes, I did tell you twice already that this is the third largest lake in France, but don’t worry, it is only around 50km drive, ride or a hike. We travelled around the lake by car whilst Avie was sleeping in her baby seat. Best way to travel, in peace! There are a few pretty stops along the way, however I would recommend that you check out the view from the road of the Chateau de Menthon-Saint-Bernard located mid-way down the East side of the lake. Make sure to drive slower as there is a small window of opportunity to snap some photos from the higher road. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Mountain
“Maybe THE hike everyone should do when visiting Annecy. Starting from Le Petit Port, it's a 3 hours hike, taking you on the top of the Mont Veyrier where you'll have a stunning view on Annecy Lake. Must do if you have time.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Hotel
“Beautiful historic building, well maintained gardens with great lake views. Hosts a Casino inside.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Le poumon d'Annecy se transforme en ciné plein air lors du Festival International du Film d'Animations, en terrain de Volley ball à la Pentecôte bref c'est le parc par excellence”
  • 39 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“This place offers almost everything! Bar, restaurant, private beach (pay), volleyball courts, kids area. Thursday nights are aperosé, worth checking out on a summer night! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Park
“Il y a peu de chose à en dire. Il s'agit de l'un des lieux emblématiques d'Annecy qu'il convient de traverser à pied pour se rendre entre le centre avec ces boutique et la vieille ville. Il est aménagé de sorte a offrir une vue splendide sur le lac. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Beach
“Lovely local beach, privately managed so very well kept with cafe, paddling pool, life guards (peak season only), grassed area, diving board, pontoon, roped off swimming areas (deep and shallow), volleyball, table tennis. A few Euros each to get in for the day. Gets busy so get there early!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Zoo
“Lover's bridge. One of the highlights over Annecy canals. If you kiss here, love shall last forever!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Beach
“This is a great beach: spacious, with shade, and the water is very clean. A real delight. Don't miss going for a dip in the heat of the summer. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Balade de 30 min au frais ou alors accompagné d un guide descente en rappel en canyoning super sympa ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great value for money: affordable lunch course meal with lake views in a modern atmosphere.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Bery nice swimming pool with great children equipment just by the lake. We still prefer swimming in the lake.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Un restaurant simple mais quelle terrasse !!! Les pieds dans l'eau !!!! Privilégier le dinner et le coucher de soleil !!! Accessible en vélo ... ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Beach
“Small, free beach. Good access to the lake but the sun goes from here in the evening. Small café/snack bar too. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Another of our favourite beaches. Free entry, lifeguards during the summer months. Pebbly so wear water shoes if you have sensitive feet. Small diving platform and swimming areas. Paddling pool for little ones and bring a bucket and spade as there's sand. There are limited shaded areas but the shade does start to come over the grassed area from mid-afternoon. Look out for the live jazz event in early August - free entry. There's a restaurant and snack bar in the summer months. ”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Beach
“Lovely local beach, privately managed so very well kept with cafe, paddling pool, life guards (peak season only), grassed area, diving board, pontoon, roped off swimming areas (deep and shallow), volleyball, table tennis. A few Euros each to get in for the day. Gets busy so get there early!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great value for money: affordable lunch course meal with lake views in a modern atmosphere.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Un restaurant simple mais quelle terrasse !!! Les pieds dans l'eau !!!! Privilégier le dinner et le coucher de soleil !!! Accessible en vélo ... ”
  • 19 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Ideal for morning coffee or large family dinners. Creative and elaborated menus. Charming dining room and stunning lakeside terrasse.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tip: book on bistrot side at lunch and enjoy the great food in an amazing location with beautiful view on the lake!! ”
  • 16 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Popular resto with terrace facing the lake. Good summer food (BBQ, seafood), good service, laid back ambiance. Make sure you reserve!”
  • 17 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Restaurant located next to the Imperial Palace, right in front of the lake. You can either go there for lunch and enjoy the beach afterwards but also for diner and stay for a couple of drinks on their terrace.”
  • 17 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Fantastic service amazing food and views of the Lake in a woodland setting on the Lake shore”
  • 17 locals recommend

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