The first weekend of April, in other words... the spring opener brings us along on a journey in the lovely city of Annecy, a little gem called ‘’Venise des Alpes’’(the Venice of Mont Blanc). Once you see the pictures you will understand why.
Annecy is known as the most beautiful city in the region of Savoie Mont Blanc (just 40 km from Geneva), and no wonder if we stop for a few minutes to admire the architecture of this picturesque city. Colorful houses along the canals and bridges reflected in the crystal clear turquoise water and elegant cafes and restaurants placed along picturesque arcaded streets, gives you the feeling like you're in a romantic movie.
The multiculturalism of the Savoie Mont Blanc region (considering its location, on the border between France, Switzerland and Italy), is imbued in every corner of Annecy. You'll notice the respect and love for the environment and things made with professionalism and dedication, be it hotel services, food from restaurants or shops or cultural preservation.
The Alpine landscape of Annecy is omnipresent in the background of all the attractions, favoring an ideal climate both in summer and in winter, plus a suave touch in the local cuisine, where cheeses have an important role - whether it's the famous Reblochon cheese or the cottage cheese Tome des Bauges, produced for centuries in Savoie Mont Blanc region. The fish, wine and chocolate are also emblematic for this aria. You should try the Truffes de Chambéry or chocolate truffles, tartiflette (a potato gratin), fondue or raclette and you'll understand why. :-)
The city itself is an attraction. Many narrow streets, tiny arched bridges under which gather on these gorgeous turquoise water, swans and ducks waiting eagerly few crumbs of whatever you have. Keep a careful eye on the seagulls too, they seem pretty hungry and you may have the luck to have them on the background of your pictures.
Annecy is a city tailored for walking and cycling, there are so many beautiful corners, so many picturesque landscapes, and it’s definitely an all-season city, it's impossible not to find something to do.
The old center of Annecy is without doubt the most animated, all gather around the city emblem – the Palais de l'Ile castle, highly photographed in front of which we actually saw a chef who was cooking for a TV show. :-)
Palais de l'Ile Castle enjoys an excellent location, surrounded by one side and another by the turquoise waters of the river Thiou, sitting on a throne as a king in the midst of all. Before being castle was a prison, nowadays hosts exhibitions and several halls as well as the chapel can be visited.
The buildings that surrounds it, all colored with flowering windows, and those tiny cafes and restaurants on the ground floor, outlines the ideal picture of a city break in Annecy. And if you're not a fan of restaurants, in Annecy you’ll find many bakeries from where an alluring smell is coming ...fresh croissants, crunchy baguettes, cakes with cherries and fresh cheese, brownies filled with dark chocolate or those fantastic crepes… too delicious…and such a variety!
Musee Chateau d'Annecy is a beautiful place, especially because of its location just above the town of Annecy, with its fragrant gardens and its wonderful panorama over the entire city and lake that you can admire from here.
Lake Annecy is again spectacular, with the Alps seen in the background, the incredibly clear water, floating boats, dancing seagulls and there is also a bridge of lovers. For a beautiful experience you can opt for a boat ride on the lake.
For foodies, some of the most beautiful and delicious places in Annecy, where you can find dishes that leave your mouth watering: Glacier des Alpes, Bruno Meyer Chocolatier, Boulangerie Patisserie Alexandre Perch, Patisserie du Lac and Creperie du Chateau. See you soon in Annecy and on the website with fresh updates.
Stroll around La Vieille Ville, the most photogenic spot in Annecy.
Go up to the Pont des Amours, where you have a panoramic view over the Alps and Lake Annecy.
Hiking to the top of the Tournette for astonishing views.
For relaxing walks head up to the Jardins de l'Europe and Parc Charles Bosson.