One of the most beautiful places in Europe, Annecy is nothing short of a dream. Canals lined with perfectly-manicured flower pots lead to the stunning Lake Annecy, providing endless options summer adventures.

With a history and rich culture centered in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Annecy is idyllic for a summer trip. It’s cobblestone streets and old buildings provide a romantic setting for tasty regional food like raclette and fondue. There’s plenty to do in the nearby mountains or on the lake, making Annecy a destination that truly has it all.

The Summer Guide to Annecy, France

What to Know Before Visiting Annecy, France

  • The town is easily reached by train from major cities like Lyon, Paris, and more.
  • Once on ground, you can walk to most things if based in Annecy.
  • A car would be needed to visit nearby villages, and would be ideal for those wanting to explore the surrounding region more.
  • I recommend three to four nights to truly enjoy the lake and surrounding area.
  • Summertime is warm and can be busy. To beat the crowds, get up early to explore town and spend afternoons along the lake.
  • Euros should be carried for smaller purchases though most vendors accept credit cards.

Where to Stay in Annecy, France

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Where to Eat in Annecy, France

  • Le Freti: This is indeed the best restaurant in Annecy for local raclette and fondue. It can be tough to get a reservation, but often walk-ups at opening will get you a table. We loved it so much we ate here twice.
  • L’Auberge de Savoie: A wide range of food, the open space is really nice to have lunch or dinner in.
  • Le Bilboquet: A classic French menu, this restaurant is uber cozy and perfect for a relaxed meal.
  • La Ciboulette: A modern restaurant, it’s panoramic view over the lake is perfect for enjoying dinner and the sunset.

What to Do in Annecy, France

  • Rent bikes and ride around the lake.
  • Stroll through town, and the winding canals.
  • Take a boat ride around the lake for either an hour or two-hour tour.
  • Take a boat to Talloires, walk along the lake and sunbathe near the lake. It’s the perfect thing to do on a hot afternoon — just bring drinks!
  • Le Semnoz is around the corner and perfect for those looking to hike in the mountains.
  • Rent a paddle boat or motorized boat to enjoy the lake.
  • Shop the farmer’s markets which happen periodically though the best one is on Sunday.
  • Climb to the top of the hill and tour the Château d’Annecy

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  1. My boyfriend is from Grenoble not long from Annecy, and whenever we’re back visiting his parents, we like to go there for the day. Although usually very crowded in the summer time, I would definitely recommend anyone to go there. Such a cute and beautiful city, and the lake is perfect for so many activities or just relaxing (:Camilla |

  2. Courtney Killough Reply

    I am looking forward to visiting Annecy for a few days in the fall! I decided to stay at Hotel Un Lieu Unique for its eclectic chic design and location by the canal. Thanks for the awesome suggestion!

  3. Heading back for the second time this summer, can’t wait to try some of the restaurant you recommended! They look fabulous.

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