Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Annecy

Sometimes called “Little Venice of the Alps”, Annecy is a beautiful medieval town with its characteristic narrow streets and old decorated houses. It has a rich heritage and a vibrant cultural life. The town's theaters, museums and galleries always attract visitors. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit Annecy's most fascinating cultural venues.
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Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: France » Annecy (See other walking tours in Annecy)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Castle (Musée-Chateau D'Annecy)
  • Au dela des Apparences Gallery
  • The Palais de l'Isle
  • Bonlieu Scene Nationale
  • Bibliothèque Bonlieu
The Castle (Musée-Chateau D'Annecy)

1) 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
Au dela des Apparences Gallery

2) Au dela des Apparences Gallery

Eye-catching artwork with a philosophical twist is presented at Au dela des Apparences Gallery. The gallery's collections of contemporary art paintings and sculptures invite to embark on a dream journey of the new ways of understanding the universe and the world around us. Intriguing and colorful artwork is set to touch your senses and suggest to look beyond graphic representations.
The Palais de l'Isle

3) 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.
Bonlieu Scene Nationale

4) Bonlieu Scene Nationale

Bonlieu National Scene is the name of the popular theater in Annecy situated in the town center in a large beautiful building designed by architect Maurice Novarina. Dance performers and drama artists come here from all over France to celebrate a cultural evening in this lovely town. The main hall has about a thousand seats, and the small adjacent theater -- 300. There is also a cozy lounge with a bar.
Bibliothèque Bonlieu

5) Bibliothèque Bonlieu

Bibliothèque Bonlieu is a public library and a important cultural center of Annecy. It houses extensive collections of books, periodicals, DVDs and documents on different subjects and topics. The state of the art computer network provides access to about two hundred and fifty thousand volumes belonging to the National Regional Conservatoire, Annecy Art School, and other cultural institutions. There is also a small art gallery nestled inside the library.

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 Shopping Tour

Annecy Shopping Tour

Annecy is a beautiful historic town in the south of France. The old streets of Annecy--packed with charming souvenir and antiques shops neighboring large fashionable stores--make it an ideal destination for shopaholics. The following walking tour will help you find the most popular shopping sites in Annecy.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Annecy Introduction Walking Tour

Annecy Introduction Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Annecy Architecture Walking Tour

Annecy Architecture 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: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles