Are you planning a trip to the French Alps to discover the best of the region? Looking to organize a corporate seminar in a privileged setting? Then Annecy is undoubtedly the perfect destination for you! With its historic sites, picturesque city center, pleasant lakeside beaches, breathtaking mountain views, local producers, and group-friendly facilities, Annecy has everything you need! Here, we provide an overview of things to see and activities in Annecy, whether it's for a vacation or a professional event. Follow the guide!

Annecy, the little Venice of the Alps, or the perfect destination for mountain, lake, and culture enthusiasts

Wander through the alleyways of Annecy and discover all the iconic landmarks of the city. Additionally, we provide you with some practical elements for organizing your stay.

View of the old town of Annecy, from the Palais de l'Isle side, to see during a guided tour of Annecy with Agence 1786

What to see during your visit to Annecy?

This lakeside town in Haute-Savoie has seen the House of Savoy and Duke Amédée VIII thrive here. The Annecy Castle, overlooking the city with all its grandeur, has watched over the people of Annecy since the 12th century, and formerly over the Duchy of Savoy. It is reflected in the Thiou River, which meanders through the old town creating charming canals, earning Annecy its nickname 'the Venice of the Alps'.

Annecy has also benefited from the endeavors of Saint Francis de Sales, a Savoyard by origin, honored in several religious buildings in the region. The main landmarks of Annecy include the Basilica of the Visitation, the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Liesse, the Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and the Church of Saint-François-de-Sales. They have withstood the test of time and witnessed significant historical events, such as the imperial visit of Napoleon III and Eugénie after the annexation of Savoy to France in 1860.


To soak in the picturesque ambiance of Annecy, stroll through the pedestrian street of Sainte-Claire, where you can observe, among other things, the trout, a symbol of the city. By crossing a few bridges, you can also reach the iconic Palais de l'Isle, undoubtedly the most photographed monument in Annecy! This building has played many roles over time since its construction in the 12th century, such as a prison, a mint, or a courthouse.

Get closer to the shores of Lake Annecy by wandering through the Gardens of Europe, the ideal spot for leisurely strolls, reading a book in the shade of trees, or enjoying a delicious ice cream. Cross the pont des Amours to reach the Pâquier and enjoy a peaceful walk to the casino and the Imperial Palace... It's one of the activities in Annecy not to be missed!

View of Lake Annecy from the Col de la Forclaz, take-off zone for paragliding attempts to experience with Agence 1786

What is the most beautiful spot on Lake Annecy?

The Annecy agglomeration is not the only charming town that borders the waters. It's by touring Lake Annecy that you explore some of its most splendid spots.

At the foot of the Tournette and Mount Veyrier, along the wild coast, you catch sight of the magnificent Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard, as if straight out of a dream. Stroll through the picturesque harbor of Talloires. Watch paragliders land in Doussard. Contemplate the mysterious Château de Duingt extending into the waters. Along the way, you pass through Veyrier, Saint-Jorioz, and Sévrier. You also get to enjoy lovely beaches where it's great to lounge, such as the Marquisats beach, not far from Annecy.

Where is Annecy located?

Annecy is ideally situated in the heart of the Alps, just 1 hour and 20 minutes from Lyon-Saint-Exupéry and Grenoble airports, and 45 minutes from Geneva airport.

The Annecy agglomeration is also 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and Evian-les-Bains, 50 minutes from Albertville and Annemasse, 40 minutes from Chambéry, 30 minutes from Aix-les-Bains, and 3 hours from Turin. Its geographical position makes it a prime destination for any journey to explore the Alps!

What is the best time to visit Annecy?

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to visit Annecy. You can enjoy the beauty of nature coming to life, the splendid landscapes offered by the surrounding mountains, and a multitude of sports and water activities!

Activities in Annecy and tailor-made stay around the Pearl of the Alps

During your trip to the Alps, Annecy will be an essential stop in your itinerary specially crafted for you by our expert destination team! After a day of exploring the city and its treasures, you can enjoy many other experiences in the surrounding areas.

Paragliding flight over Lake Annecy, one of the essential activities to experience in the Annecy region with Agence 1786

How to visit Annecy in 1 day?

To immerse yourself in its past and culture, we arrange a guided tour of Annecy for you with one of our passionate guides. You'll discover the iconic sites of the Venice of the Alps: its canals, churches, the Palais de l'Isle, and the castle. It's a true dive into the history of Savoy awaiting you!

If you're more interested in exploring Annecy's local gastronomy, our guide will take you on a Food Tour through the heart of Annecy's alleys. Wander among the market stalls and meet several renowned producers. Alongside them, discover Annecy's flagship specialties and Savoyard delicacies, from sausage to beer, and delicious pastries! Moreover, wine enthusiasts or the curious can join our sommelier in the shop of a cheese maker elected Best Craftsman of France to indulge their senses in a tasting of cheeses and wines from the region. Try some essential products like the succulent Beaufort, Abondance, and Reblochon...

Lunchtime is the perfect moment to enjoy a cruise and fondue on the lake, regardless of the season! This combines the pleasures of navigation with gastronomic delights.

In the second part of the day, numerous possibilities await you! Sports enthusiasts can go mountain biking on Semnoz or hiking to the summit of Mont Veyrier with one of our local guides. Those seeking new sensations will enjoy the breathtaking landscapes offered by paragliding over Lake Annecy. Culture enthusiasts, on the other hand, can explore the history of the beautiful Talloires, a small town built on the lakeside.

Visiting Annecy and its surroundings

The possibilities for activities in Annecy and nearby are countless. We have envisioned the perfect experiences for you to immerse yourself in the best that the Alps have to offer!

Starting from Annecy, multiple excursions can be organized. We present to you the most suitable ones based on the desires you express when requesting your tailor-made stay in the Alps.

On the foothills of the Bauges, we propose a visit to a farm where you can learn more about dairy work and cheese production. But that's not all! You'll discover the entire cheese-making process through a participatory workshop, where you'll craft your own product!

Next, head to the legendary Chamonix by crossing the Aravis massif, which boasts picturesque landscapes typical of the Alps. Along the way, you can make another stop at a farm for an authentic glimpse into local culture. Upon arrival in Chamonix, our guide will be waiting to take you on a tour of this charming mountain town, nestled at the foot of the splendid Mont Blanc and its neighboring peaks!

You can also explore the region of Chambéry, still departing from Annecy, where you'll embark on an exciting Vineyard Tour, meeting the finest winemakers. Learn more about the world of Savoie wine, vineyard work, grape varieties, and the aromas offered by different vintages!

For this tailor-made trip to Annecy and its surroundings, we've reserved excellent hotels, restaurants, and activities to ensure you have a dream vacation in the Alps. For a hassle-free stay, we also organize all your transfers with a private vehicle and chauffeur.

View of the Annecy castle from the lake and the gardens of Europe
Panorama of the vineyards in the Combe de Savoie during a Tour of the Savoyard Vineyards
A Savoyard farmer feeding his cows
Your corporate events and team buildings in Annecy

Your corporate events and team buildings in Annecy

Annecy also stands out as the perfect venue for organizing a corporate event over one or several days. In addition to significant accommodation capacity and diverse dining options, it has become an essential team-building destination! Benefit from a wide range of activities in Annecy to strengthen your team's cohesion and bonds in an exceptional setting.

Whether on a lakeside beach or in the great outdoors near Semnoz or La Clusaz, immerse yourself in the local culture with our Savoie ou Pas animation! Engage in lively Olympiads, where you'll face off in challenges combining a bit of sports, mental work, and a lot of fun! For indoor team building, challenge champions to compete in speed challenges during a Winning Bet, or get lost in the halls of Montrottier Castle during an exciting historical treasure hunt! Additionally, your corporate evenings will take on a friendly atmosphere with our Prime Time or a Flavor Casino!

Discover all our activities by downloading our Book of Ideas and rely on us to design your ideal event!

For further information, please don't hesitate to contact our team. We would be delighted to assist you in planning your tailor-made stay around Annecy or organizing your professional event in the Annecy area.