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Annecy is traditionally referred to as the 'Venice of the Alps'. Its blue lake surrounded by snowy mountains and cliffs, charming channels and ancient colorful buildings, concentration of luxury hotels, and highly-rated restaurants make it the ideal place for a romantic getaway at any time of year.

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  • Couples
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

17 Places

3 City Tips

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17 Places

Lac d'Annecy

Bodies of Water

La Vieille Ville

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palais de l'Ile

Speciality Museums

Musee Chateau d'Annecy

Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums

Basilique de la Visitation

Historic Sites

Pont des Amours

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Imperial Palace

Hotels

Plage de l'Imperial

Other Outdoor Activities

Boston Cafe

Restaurants

Glacier des Alpes

Restaurants

Bateau de Croisiere Arc en Ciel

Sightseeing Tours

Au Fidele Berger

Restaurants

Philippe Rigollot

Restaurants

Meyer le Chocolatier

Gift & Speciality Shops

Bateau-Restaurant MS Libellule

Restaurants

La Maison des bois, Marc Veyrat

Restaurants

Auberge de Savoie

Restaurants

T9224OJannas's City Tips

  • Do not hesitate to spend some more days in the surrounding mountains, not only for the great skiing and hiking, but also for interesting cultural visits. Mont Blanc is really very close-by.
  • Visit at Christmas time for the best markets, colorful decorations, and great skiing experience; or during summer for the beaches, cruises, and eating out on trendy terraces.
  • Spring is the time of the Annecy Carnival, when the magnolia is in full bloom, and the best period to snap photos of the stunning lake water reflecting the white mountains. All of these are great sights to share with your special someone.
  • Lac d'Annecy
    Bodies of Water
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Annecy is a very beautiful city, but it's the surroundings — the mountains and the lake — that make it truly unforgettable. Take your time to enjoy the scenery and get into the romantic mood!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Jardins de l'Europe walk is the best way to see the lake and enjoy the best of it. Walk from the city hall along the gardens to the field in front of the visitors center.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking 16/11/2018
    • Amazing 06/11/2018
    • Lac d'Annecy
    Address:
    2 Clos du Verger Les Teppes Vertes
    Chapeiry
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Other:
  • La Vieille Ville
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    After you've finished admiring the stunning surrounding landscape, walk to the old city center. The narrow streets and channels offer the ideal backdrop for strolling hand in hand, plus plenty of places to pause and share a special moment or two together.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy a photo session here — the scenery will add charm to your romantic photos.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Town 16/11/2018
    • Such beautiful architecture, love the buildings 15/11/2018
    • La Vieille Ville
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 46 23 07
    Other:
  • Palais de l'Ile
    Speciality Museums
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    The popular postcard image of the city, and its most famous landmark, don't miss the chance to have your picture taken together outside this palace. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the flowers, the swans, and the play of the light on the old walls.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Learn more about Annecy's history before your trip or while you're there — this palace was actually the city's former prison, but it also has several romantic stories attached to its past.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely weekend! 29/10/2018
    • iconic 23/10/2018
    • Palais de l'Ile
    Address:
    3 Passage de l'Ile
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 33 87 30
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Musee Chateau d'Annecy
    Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Walk up the narrow streets to the old castle that has been converted into the History Museum. Learn more about the city, the lake and the Alps, and soak up the best possible panorama of Annecy with your loved one.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check the opening hours outside of the summer season in order to avoid any disappointment. Bear in mind that the gardens are also not accessible when the museum is closed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    • A must do when in Old Annecy, France. 30/09/2018
    • Beautiful castle 27/08/2018
    • Musee Chateau d'Annecy
    Address:
    Place du Chateau
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 33 87 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Basilique de la Visitation
    Historic Sites
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Being the highest point of the old city center, the route up to this church offers stunning views, and once you're at the top, you can enjoy its beautiful traditional architecture as well as a little reflection time. If you're visiting at Christmas time, the basilica is also a memorable place to attend a carol concert together.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can do a nice round trip here, choosing different ways to get the church and then back to the city — both offer nice views.
    • The path up is rather steep and has a number of stairs. If you're traveling with a stroller, or have mobility restrictions, you may prefer taking the car.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Basilica 23/10/2018
    • Not bad, but nothing special either. 02/10/2018
    • Basilique de la Visitation
    Address:
    20 avenue de la Visitation
    Recteur du Sanctuaire
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 22 76
  • Pont des Amours
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    The most romantic place in Annecy is definitely the Lovers Bridge — the perfect spot for a proposal, or just a memorable kiss!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The best view from the bridge is in winter after the sun has set. The lights on the trees reflect in the channel, making the view unforgettable.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice view - nothing more 16/11/2018
    • Gorgeous & so romantic 15/11/2018
    • Pont des Amours
    Other:
  • Imperial Palace
    Hotels
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    For a romantic lunch, drinks, or afternoon tea, I suggest you take a walk to the Imperial Palace and Casino Hotel. The path there is beautiful, allowing you to enjoy the views over the lake, the city, and the mountains as you stroll, and once you arrive, you'll be delighted by the hotel's excellent service.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Hot chocolate in winter or a glass of chilled rose on the terrace in summer — it's up to you to choose!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 46 Hotels in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Heaven! 13/11/2018
    • A good hotel, with one major issue 22/10/2018
    • Imperial Palace
    Address:
    allee de l Imperial
    74000, Annecy
    France
  • Plage de l'Imperial
    Other Outdoor Activities
    T9224OJannas Says:

    Another option for a romantic lunch, is to pack a picnic and enjoy it on the beach of the Imperial Hotel. This makes for a great place to rest and rejuvenate after your scenic walk here!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You may want to avoid warm summer afternoons when the beach can get overcrowded.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 43 Outdoor Activities in Annecy
    • Great day out 02/08/2017
    • Expensive beach 05/09/2016
    • Plage de l'Imperial
    Address:
    30 Avenue d Albigny
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 19 19 73
    Other:
  • Boston Cafe
    Restaurants (Deli, Cafe)
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    For a lunch break on the go with your special someone, Boston cafe is an excellent option. The bagels are fresh and tasty, and can either be eaten inside the cafe, on the terrace, or taken to the park for a picnic.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The milkshakes and smoothies are delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • I wish I got a chance to try it! 15/08/2017
    • Delicious, affordable, cosy and friendly 27/02/2017
    • Boston Cafe
    Address:
    4 Place Saint Maurice
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 61 42 05 32
    Price range:
    US$ 3 - US$ 11
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Glacier des Alpes
    Restaurants
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    For a sweet afternoon stop, head back to the Palais de l'ile area for the best ice-cream in Annecy. Order a few different scoops in a glass dish to share, and enjoy an indulgent pause together before exploring more of the city's delights.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Melon sorbet is delicious in summer. Chestnut is better for the Christmas season.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 431 restaurants in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best ice cream parlour 15/09/2018
    • Great Ice-cream 13/09/2018
    • Glacier des Alpes
    Address:
    16 rue Perriere
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 51 08 86
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bateau de Croisiere Arc en Ciel
    Sightseeing Tours
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    A romantic getaway means splashing out on something really special, and a private boat cruise is an excellent date idea. Enjoy the best views of the lake while actually sailing on it, and simply lie back as the stunning scenery takes your breath away.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take extra layers with you as it is always chillier on the water.
    • Sunscreen is a must in summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 33 Tours in Annecy
    • Cruisertour on the lake 17/07/2018
    • Nice experience 27/09/2017
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 51 52 15
    Other:
  • Au Fidele Berger
    Restaurants (French, Cafe)
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    For a sweet treat or a romantic afternoon tea for two, coffee house Au Fidele Berger is home to a wide selection of delicious things — from cakes to macaroons.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Buy some chocolate bonbons to take away, and enjoy them after dinner.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 431 restaurants in Annecy
    • The best chocolate eclairs I've tasted 23/10/2018
    • Great place for breakfast 10/07/2018
    • Au Fidele Berger
    Address:
    2 rue Royale
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 00 32
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    9:15 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
    Other:
  • Philippe Rigollot
    Restaurants (French)
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Original macaroons, delicious chocolate, and almond sweets — this is a great, local place to pick up a gift for your sweetheart.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Try some original and local flavors, like the genepi macaroons.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 431 restaurants in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mixed feelings! 10/10/2018
    • A treasure! 16/08/2018
    • Philippe Rigollot
    Address:
    1 Place Georges Volland
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 31 35
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Meyer le Chocolatier
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    T9224OJannas Says:

    If your special someone is a chocolate fan, then Meyer's chocolate shop is the place to go, for everything from chocolate declarations to romantic, novelty gifts.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • There are a variety of chocolate types on offer here — ask for advice if you're finding it hard to choose.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 12 Shopping in Annecy
    • The MUST visit shop for gifts/chocolates for yourself and friends back home 17/06/2018
    • Chocolate lovers delight 24/08/2017
    • Meyer le Chocolatier
    Address:
    4 Place Saint Francois de Sales
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 12 08
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bateau-Restaurant MS Libellule
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    For a surprise that's bound to sweep your sweetheart off their feet, book a dinner boat cruise on the MS Libellule.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Booking in advance during summer is highly recommended.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 431 restaurants in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food, rushed service, rude waiter 01/10/2018
    • Great to visit the lake 22/11/2017
    • Bateau-Restaurant MS Libellule
    Address:
    quai Napoleon III
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 51 08 40
    Price range:
    US$ 35 - US$ 92
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • La Maison des bois, Marc Veyrat
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    If you're a foodie couple who loves luxury service and gourmet cuisine, Marc Veyrat is one of the country's best chefs, and just happens to own this beautiful garden and restaurant, right on the lakefront facing Annecy old city. Treat yourselves to a 5-star meal here, and you will never forget your romantic getaway!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Check online for opening hours and how to make advance reservations (highly recommended).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 restaurants in Manigod
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • different to the old days 01/11/2018
    • MUST DO for everyone who is passionated about Cuisine 28/05/2018
    • La Maison des bois, Marc Veyrat
    Address:
    Col de la Croix Fry
    74230 Manigod
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 60 00 00
    Price range:
    US$ 390 - US$ 390
    Other:
  • Auberge de Savoie
    Restaurants (French)
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    If you're looking for a good romantic dinner option within the city, I recommend Auberge de Savoie for its great local cuisine. You can also choose to dine outside or in, depending on the season.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Local food is the best here, but in summer you may prefer something lighter than a fondue. Why not to try the fish from the lake?
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 431 restaurants in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointing 27/10/2018
    • Nice lunch lovely spot 08/10/2018
    • Auberge de Savoie
    Address:
    1 Place Saint Francois de Sales
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 03 05
    Price range:
    US$ 29 - US$ 89
    Hours:
    Thu - Mon
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
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