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Annecy is located in the Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France and is a main town in the Haute-Savoie. The city has about 50,000 inhabitants (2008), situated at the foot of the Alps – just 33 miles south of Geneva in Switzerland.Thiou river flows through the city.
Annecy is beautifully situated at the “Lac d’Annecy” – which is the second largest lake in France, and is known as “the cleanest lake in Europe.”Many tourists come here for bathing resort.
Annecy is a small and cozy town, and has a number of historic buildings. One of the landmarks of the old prison “Palais de l’Isle” from the 1200s – which is located in the river Thiou. Visitors can enter the building and such see the old prison cells, the courtroom and a chapel here.
On a hill above the old town castle “Château Annecy” medieval – which today houses a museum of contemporary art.
Another popular tourist attraction in town is the Catholic Cathedral “Cathédrale Saint-Pierre d’Annecy” from the 1500s.
Otherwise, the city has a number of parks and green spaces at the lake, and it is relatively close to a variety of ski and ski resorts in the Alps. (The famous town of Chamonix is just 1.5 hours drive from Annecy).
The city is also known for its annual animation festival.
The nearest airport is Annecy Airport – Meythet, located 6 km outside the city, and from here it is only scheduled flights to Paris.The major international airport ” Geneva International Airport “in Switzerland, located 47 miles north of Annecy.