Surrounded by the dramatic heights of Massif des Bauges Natural Park and well-known for its vivid turquoise hue, Lake Annecy adds to a serene landscape, flanked by the grassy multi-centennial Jardins de l’Europe on one side and Annecy's idyllic Old Town area on the other. Often described as a living Savoyard postcard (some even go as far as dubbing it the "Venice of the Alps" for its quaint canals), Annecy and its lake appeal to leisure travelers and adventure-seeking watersport enthusiasts alike, with the pristine beaches and ample opportunities for swimming, speed boating, sailing and water-skiing.
Most visitors visit Lake Annecy on half-day tours from nearby Geneva to delve into the city’s rich history and wander its colorful canal-side streets. Travelers can also opt for a full-day tour of both Geneva and Annecy and hop on a scenic cruise.
Insider’s Tip: Active travelers should consider cycling the 25-mile (40-km) route around Lake Annecy, which offers sprawling views of the famed aqua-colored body of water.
Lake Annecy is located in the Auvergne-Rhône- Alpes region in eastern France, just a few minutes from the Swiss border. It extends from its eponymous city all the way to Verthier. While it is possible to get to Lake Annecy from a dozen different villages, the best viewpoint is from Annecy. From Lyon, drive along A43 and A41; from Geneva, opt for the A41. A large underground car park is located near Annecy’s waterfront on Quai Eustache Chappuis. Regular train service also runs to Annecy from Lyon, Chambéry and Geneva.