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: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Château d'Annecy (Annecy Castle)
  • rue Sainte-Claire (St. Claire Street)
  • Annecy Cathedral
  • Palais de l'Isle (Isle Palace)
  • Eglise Saint-Francois (Saint François Church)
  • Jardins de l'Europe (European Gardens)
  • Pont des Amours (Bridge of Love)
  • Le Pâquier (The Pasture)
Château d'Annecy (Annecy Castle)

1) Château d'Annecy (Annecy Castle) (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
rue Sainte-Claire (St. Claire Street)

2) rue Sainte-Claire (St. Claire Street)

St. Clair Street is the main traffic artery of the Old Town of Annecy. There are houses with arcades on both sides of the road. You can see some specialty shops such as ice cream parlors and chocolate shops. There are also many restaurants and bars. The building on No. 18 was built in the 16th century, and after 1610 it was the bishop's palace of Saint Francois.

St. Clair Street is an ancient street parallel to the canal connecting Annecy. It is the most charming city in Annecy, near the banks of Anna West Lake. This ancient street has a history of more than 300 years and is full of vitality in the city. It is also a place where tourists like to shop, eat and relax.

The picturesque passages allow you to reach the banks of the Thiou. The shops are contemporary but the atmosphere is steeped in the history of past centuries; the shady street is appreciated on hot days.
Annecy Cathedral

3) Annecy Cathedral (must see)

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.
Palais de l'Isle (Isle Palace)

4) Palais de l'Isle (Isle Palace) (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.
Eglise Saint-Francois (Saint François Church)

5) Eglise Saint-Francois (Saint François Church)

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.
Jardins de l'Europe (European Gardens)

6) Jardins de l'Europe (European Gardens) (must see)

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.
Pont des Amours (Bridge of Love)

7) Pont des Amours (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.
Le Pâquier (The Pasture)

8) Le Pâquier (The Pasture) (must see)

The Pâquier (Arpitan word for pasture) or Champ de Mars is a vast landscaped walk of seven and a half hectares in the town of Annecy located on the shores of Lake Annecy and offering one of the most beautiful views of the lake and the mountains. surrounding mountains. In fact, the Pâquier of today, dear to the hearts of Annecy and a subject of wonder for tourists, is the central element of a larger set of parks and gardens with the gardens of Europe, the gardens of the Imperial Palace and the beach of Annecy-le-Vieux, but originally the Pâquier extended over an even larger set of land.

At the beginning of XXth century, an investor had nicknamed "an anomaly in the center of a city", and many construction projects have long and into the 1970s hit the local headlines.

Legend has it that a generous lady donated it to the city of Annecy, this legend is based on the writings of Chanoine Claude-Antoine Ducis who in 1892 in La Revue savoisienne alluded to "the donation of a square of land by a lady Mossière for the antics of the children of the city ”; however the reality is different.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Annecy, France

Create Your Own Walk in Annecy

Create Your Own Walk in Annecy

Creating your own self-guided walk in Annecy is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Annecy's Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Annecy's Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Annecy is a lovely historic town with narrow streets and decorated houses, old churches and beautiful gardens. Medieval feel reflected in the town’s architecture attracts here many tourists year after year. Take this self-guided tour to check out the architectural jewels of Annecy.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles