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One of the best Excursions from Chamonix can be a visit to the city of Annecy which lies in the Rhone-Alpes region in east-central France. The city also lies to the north of Lake Annecy and to the south of Geneva by a distance of 22 miles. The trip to Annecy from Chamonix is mainly organized by the Chamonix Bus and the SAT coach companies.

One of the major significance of Annecy in France, Europe is that the Annecy International Animated Film Festival has been held in this city since 1960. Besides, there are other attractions in the city that draws tourists from Chamonix to Annecy. These include:

  • The Palais de l'Isle, which is an ancient prison that belongs to the 12th century. The site is one of the popular monuments in France.
  • The Pont des Amours or the Lovers' Bridge that is an architectural delight in iron
  • The Cathedral of Saint-Pierre was constructed in the 16th century that houses the artworks and baroque pieces that belong to the 19th century.
  • The Château d'Annecy is a castle that was the residence of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours. The structure is a part of the House of Savoie and is presently a conservatory of the rich art and history of the city. It is also the regional office of the Alpine Lakes.


  • The 15th century, gothic-styled church of Saint-Maurice that now exhibits some interesting paintings belonging to the 15th and 16th centuries.
  • The Musée de l'Histoire d'Annecy, which was once, the mint of the Genevois
  • The Impérial Palace which, built in the year 1913, consisted of public gardens, beach and casino
  • The Basilique de la Visitation, which is the tomb of François de Sales and Jeanne de Chantal
  • The European Gardens that were preceded by the annexation of Savoie in the year 1863
  • The public library with 20,000 volumes and various books on science

Apart from all these places, the Rue Royale is the commercial and political hub of Annecy that has several shops, gardens and the fountain of Saint Jean. These make Annecy a must visit destination in France.