Destination guide

Avoid vacation anarchy by going to Annecy

Known as the Venice of the Savoie, Annecy is universally adored for its canals, lake, and medieval old town. Perched on the banks of its eponymous lake, it makes an ideal base for your next alpine getaway, so book an Annecy vacation rental on the lake shore. Explore the Chateau d'Annecy, now a fascinating museum, potter around the shops of the Old Town, or take a boat out for a whizz around the lake. In summer, enjoy lunch in a pavement cafe, while in winter hunker down with a cheese raclette in a cosy mountain bistro.

Things to do

Castle in the clouds—medieval mayhem

A big draw to this pretty medieval city is the Chateau d'Annecy, an attractive restored castle-turned-history museum. It dates back to the 12th century when it was the grand residence to several Counts of Geneva. Climb the tower to the observatory, or witness the cool model alpine cabins and local folk art in the quirky Museum of Alpine Popular Art. It also hosts stargazing nights. Another popular attraction is the Palais de l'Isle, the town's history museum which is housed in a beautiful fairytale-esque castle.

Activities

Rock the boat, baby—lake fun in Annecy

Annecy is a real outdoorsy kinda place, with hiking, biking, or just messing about in boats, being the main activities. Take a brisk dip in its cool, clear waters, or rent a boat and take a picnic to one the hidden lake beaches which dot the banks. It's also a great base for some of the finest mountain hikes in the region. If you're feeling super brave, try your hand at hang-gliding from the Col de la Forclaz. Of course, it's just as much fun to potter around the medieval Old Town and pick up a souvenir or two.

Weather

Do you wanna build a snowman?

There's no bad time to visit Annecy. In the summer, its blue skies and endless sunshine draws the wealth of the town's visitors, especially during July and August when demand for Annecy vacation rentals is high. The average summer temperatures can often reach the high 70s, but it does drop a few degrees in the evenings, so pack a jacket. Spring and fall are equally pleasant times to visit, especially in May when the wildflowers bloom. But for snow bunnies, you just can't beat the Alps in winter when this medieval town twinkles under a dusting of snow.

Natural features

High on a hill stood a lonely goatherd

Perched on the northern banks of the Lake Annecy, this small medieval town is a 45-minute drive from Geneva. An Annecy vacation rental makes an easy base for some of the region's finest alpine hikes. If you're just after a leisurely walk to build up an appetite, then choose one of the easy lake trails which circumnavigate its shores. For something a little hardier, venture to Mont Veyrier, a moderate 4-hour hike which has magnificent views of the lake. Awash with wildflowers and birds, you may even spot an alpine chamois.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Annecy

Fly into Chambery (CMF-Chambery - Savoie), the closest airport, located 21.5 mi (34.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Geneva (GVA-Cointrin Intl.), which is 22.9 mi (36.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Annecy Station or Pringy Station and explore the city from there.

Where to stay around Annecy?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,469 vacation rentals near Annecy. From 377 Houses to 65 Chalets, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Annecy for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Annecy?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Annecy:

  • Annecy Old Town: 497 vacation rentals
  • Novel: 189 vacation rentals
  • Les Tranchées: 18 vacation rentals
  • Geneva Old Town: 21 vacation rentals
  • Eaux-Vives: 21 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Annecy?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Annecy. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Annecy Station: 3,207 vacation rentals
  • Annecy Castle: 3,219 vacation rentals
  • Prison d'Annecy: 3,257 vacation rentals
  • Savoie Annecy University: 3,258 vacation rentals
  • Musee-Chateau: 3,220 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Annecy listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Annecy?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 377 Houses in Annecy. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Annecy include:

  • Chalets: 65 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 838 rentals available
  • Villas: 65 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Annecy?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 171 vacation rentals with pool available in Annecy. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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