Annecy Castle (Chateau d'Annecy)
Ways to visit Annecy Castle (Chateau d'Annecy)
The museums inside Annecy Castle are the main draw. The Musée-Château d'Annecy Museum holds exhibits on regional architecture, medieval sculptures, alpine landscape paintings, and contemporary art examining the relationship between humans and the natural environment. The Alpine Lakes Regional Observatory features scientific displays showcasing alpine lake environments.
Many visitors take half-day tours from Geneva giving them enough time to explore Annecy's colorful canal-side streets. Full-day tours of Geneva and Annecy include round-trip transportation and Lake Geneva cruises.
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Things to Know Before You Go
- Annecy Castle is open Wednesday–Monday year-round.
- Visitor guides are available in English, French, and Italian.
- Children under 12 can enter for free.
- Roughly an hour is recommended to visit the castle and museum.
How to Get There
If you’re staying in town, the easiest way to reach the castle is on foot. Othersie, the castle is about 40 minutes south of Geneva via the A41 autoroute, also known as l'autoroute alpine. Trains and buses from Geneva depart regularly and take under two hours each way.
When to Get There
Annecy Castle is open daily except on Tuesdays and is a popular destination any time of year. During winter, visitors can take advantage of the ski slopes nearby; in summer, they cool off in Lake Annecy post-hike. Don’t write off the shoulder season: spring and fall bring lovely weather and fewer crowds.
Fine dining in the Alps
Annecy is home to not one—but seven Michelin-starred restaurants. Chefs here push boundaries and work mostly with locally-sourced ingredients to create dishes that are just as easy on the eye as on the palate. Three-starred Le Clos des Sens is a local favorite and considered one of the best in the region.
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