Annecy Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Annecy

Annecy is a charming town with rich history that is reflected in its magnificent buildings, streets, bridges, gates and parks. There is a fascinating story associated with each house of the town. The following walking tour will help you discover the most prominent landmarks of Annecy.
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Annecy Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Annecy Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Annecy (See other walking tours in Annecy)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Notre Dame de Liesse Church
  • Saint Peter's Cathedral
  • The Old Town
  • The Morens Bridge
  • The Palais de l'Isle
  • The Castle (Musée-Chateau D'Annecy)
  • Saint François Church
  • The Saint François de Sales Memorial
  • Saint Maurice Church
  • Hotel de Ville
  • European Gardens
  • Berthollet Statue
  • Bridge of Love
  • Prefecture of Haute Savoie
Notre Dame de Liesse Church

1) Notre Dame de Liesse Church

The Notre Dame de Liesse Church was built in the middle of the 19th century on the site of the 13th century Marist sanctuary. The church features typical neo-classical period look derived from the masterly design by architect François Justin. Some Gothic features of the church, such as the 16th century clock tower, arch windows and an old wall, have been preserved as a reminder of the ancient sanctuary.
Saint Peter's Cathedral

2) Saint Peter's Cathedral

Saint Peter's Cathedral was built by Jacques Rossel in the 16th century. At the time of the French revolution, the old complex served as a temple of Goddess. Prior to that, it had served as a chapel for the Franciscan Order. In 1822, it became the Roman Catholic cathedral and today, together with the Château d'Annecy, it represents the symbol of the town and is listed as a French national monument. The façade of the church is a fine example of Renaissance architecture, while its interior features rich Gothic art ornamentations and designs.
The Old Town

3) The Old Town

Annecy has a preserved medieval old town often known as the Venice of Alps. Built around a 14th Century Chateau the area is dissected by small canals and streams running out of Lac Annecy, which is clean, fresh and a wonderful azure colour. The Old Town, mostly free of cars, is full of bars, restaurants and shops. There is a wonderful market on a Sunday that spreads through the smallest streets.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Morens Bridge

4) The Morens Bridge

The name of the Morens Bridge comes from the word "murenches", which means fortifications of the city formed of houses. At the end of the 13th century the locals called it the Stone Bridge, as it was the only bridge in town not to have been constructed of wood. The solid stone composition of the Morens Bridge allowed heavier carts to be transported, making it an important hub of the town.
The Palais de l'Isle

5) The Palais de l'Isle (must see)

One of the oldest constructions in Annecy, Palais de l'Isle was built in 1132. Its triangular shape washed by the waters of the town canal is reminiscent of the galley ship. Throughout its long history, the building is known to have served as a residence of the Lord of Annecy, a courthouse, a prison, and administrative quarters of the Counts of Geneva. Today, the listed historic monument, Palais de l'Isle houses a museum that provides a detailed insight into the town's history and architectural heritage.
The Castle (Musée-Chateau D'Annecy)

6) The Castle (Musée-Chateau D'Annecy) (must see)

The Château d'Annecy is a restored castle which dominates the old French town of Annecy. It was bought by the town, restored and transformed into a museum, le musée-château d'Annecy. The castle is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. The Tour de la Reine (Queen's Tower) is the oldest part of the castle, dating from the 12th century. Its walls are over 4 m (13 ft) thick. At the bottom of the courtyard, the tower and the Logis Perrière date from the 15th century. Other notable parts of the castle are: the Vieux Logis, the Logis Nemours, the Logis Neuf. From the castle terrace there is a view over the old town with its narrow streets and decorated roofs. The museum is installed in the Logis Vieux and the Logis Nemours. The observatory is in the Tower and the Logis Perrière. Of particular note is the Museum of Alpine Popular Art (Musée d'art populaire alpin) with numerous regional sculptures and paintings. There is an important collection of vernacular furniture, dating from the 15th century onwards, sculpted objects, photographs and models of Alpine chalets. Opening hours: 1 October – 31 May : Monday – Sunday except Tuesday: 10 am – 12 pm and 2 pm -5 pm 1 June – 30 September : Monday – Sunday: 10:30 am – 6 pm
Saint François Church

7) Saint François Church (must see)

Saint François Church was built in 1614 by the most prominent religious characters of the town, founders of the Visitation Order, St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal. During the French Revolution the church was converted into barracks and later used as a workshop. It was not until the end of the 19th century that the church was finally restored and started serving as an Italian parish church. Saint François Church has been the focal point of many religious pilgrimages.
The Saint François de Sales Memorial

8) The Saint François de Sales Memorial

The Saint François de Sales Memorial was placed in honor of the Bishop of the Church Saint Francis de Sales. He was born in 1567 close to Annecy in a religious family. He studied successfully in Paris and Padua. Having completed the studies he returned to his beloved Annecy and became a priest. Then, Francis and his trusted companion Louis started their religious journey full of dangers that resulted in the conversion of over seventy thousand Calvinists.
Saint Maurice Church

9) Saint Maurice Church (must see)

Saint Maurice Church was build by the Dominican Order in the 15th century in a flamboyant Gothic style. The numerous chapels of the lower side of the church were added later by several noble families of the town. Saint Maurice Church is also popular for its beautiful old paintings, especially the centerpiece "trompe l'oeil".
Hotel de Ville

10) Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville, known locally as the Town Hall, is situated right in font of the beautiful European Gardens. The building itself is a fine example of Neo-classical architectural style, with charming arches surrounding the main entrance doors and stunning white columns above. The Town Hall was built in 1855.
European Gardens

11) European Gardens

The European Gardens is a large beautiful park, made in 1863 after the Savoie became part of Annecy. This attractive place has always been a popular tourist attraction for its huge variety of plants. The park also has gorgeous flower compositions, attractive fountain and comfy benches placed all around. On top of that, it provides spectacular views of the Annecy lake.
Berthollet Statue

12) Berthollet Statue

In 1863, the statue of Berthollet was placed on the eastern side of the European Gardens, in honor of famous French chemist Claude Louis Berthollet. He was born in December of 1748 in Talloires, near Annecy. Berthollet was one of the first chemists to have documented the process of a reverse reaction. Today, a strong oxidizer Potassium Chlorate is also known as Berthollet’s Salt.
Bridge of Love

13) Bridge of Love (must see)

Beautifully named The Bridge of Love (Le pont des Amours) is placed across the Canal du Vasse to provide access to the European Gardens from the park. This lovely iron bridge is a fine example of the early 20th century architecture. Today, The Bridge of Love is one of the most prominent landmarks in Annecy.
Prefecture of Haute Savoie

14) Prefecture of Haute Savoie

Prefecture de Haute Savoie is a beautiful historic building situated near the waterfront park. Classical straight lines of the building’s façade are typical of Neo-classical architectural design. The complex serves as a Civic Centre of the Haute Savoie district and is open to public.

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