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Annecy is a hidden gem in the French Alps close to the Swiss border. It is a very beautiful city, full of character, history and romance. At the same time, Annecy is the center of outdoor activities in the region, combining water sports and mountain sports with accessible walks and relaxing at the beach. For those who love the open air, being active, or enjoying nature, Annecy is the place to be!

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

16 Places

3 City Tips

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16 Places

Musee Chateau d'Annecy

Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums

Lac d'Annecy

Bodies of Water

Lake Annecy Tourist Office

Visitor Centres

Les Gorges du Fier

Geologic Formations, Canyons

Le Semnoz

Mountains, Hiking Trails

Annecy Aventure

Parasailing & Paragliding, River Rafting & Tubing, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy

Jogging Paths & Tracks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Biking Trails

Terra Canyon

Canyons, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Plage Municipale de Menthon Saint Bernard

Beaches

Roc de Chere

Other Outdoor Activities

La Tournette

Mountains

Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac

Nature & Wildlife Areas

La Clusaz Ski Resort

Ski & Snowboard Areas

Mobilboard Le Grand Bornand

Segway Tours

Thones

Destinations

Saint-Jorioz

Destinations

T9224OJannas's City Tips

  • Outdoor Annecy is not only for athletes — many outdoor activities are accessible to everyone.
  • Chamonix and Mont Blanc are not far, and are must-visit places. There are also other lesser known ski resorts which make great bases for hikes or climbing.
  • Many come to Annecy on their way to the ski resorts. Don't forget about the water sports — canyoning, diving, and rowing — which are all great to try too.
  • Musee Chateau d'Annecy
    Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    You can start exploring nature without even leaving the city: Walking up the steep streets to the castle and having a stroll in its gardens is an excellent urban hike.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visiting the museum can be interesting and relaxing on a hot day.
    • During the low season, check the website prior to going for opening hours.
    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:
  • Lac d'Annecy
    Bodies of Water
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Annecy Lake is one of the deepest natural lakes in the Alps, and its waters are extremely clean due to its glacial origin. The lake offers great opportunities for outdoor activities: walking, hiking, biking on the coast, diving, and paddle boating.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Have a walk around lake for an extremely relaxing, and free experience.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing views, historic town, beautiful lake 18/11/2018
    • What a beatiful Annecy 18/11/2018
    • Lac d'Annecy
    Address:
    2 Clos du Verger Les Teppes Vertes
    Chapeiry
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Other:
  • Lake Annecy Tourist Office
    Visitor Centres
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Enjoy the amazing panorama on a cruise across the lake by boat. There are several options to choose from, ranging from one to two hours, and it is a wonderful way to take in the majesty of the lake. You can also choose to hire a bike and cycle around the lake or explore the trail by foot.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The boat tours are both in English and French.
    • You will be mainly outdoors on the boat ride so remember to pack sunscreen.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This guy knows the region 02/10/2018
    • Worth visiting for map and info 26/08/2018
    • Lake Annecy Tourist Office
    Address:
    1 rue Jean Jaures
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 00 33
    Other:
  • Les Gorges du Fier
    Geologic Formations, Canyons
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    10 kms from Annecy, lies this exceptional natural spot, offering some welcome shade and respite during hot summer days.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Hiking shoes are useful although the walk is not difficult and can be done with simple flats.
    • Strollers can be brought along for the walk, and there are plenty child-friendly sights as you go.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Lovagny
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don't miss it - very dramatic 05/11/2018
    • Gorges du fier - beware!!! 02/10/2018
    • Les Gorges du Fier
    Address:
    30 le Pont des Liasses
    74330 Lovagny
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 46 23 07
    Other:
  • Le Semnoz
    Mountains, Hiking Trails
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    The Annecy area offers fantastic opportunities for hiking — the paths are accessible and the views breathtaking. Semnoz is the most famous mountain plateau in the area, and getting there is by an easy 5 km hike.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you only go for one hike, this is the one. It offers a great 360-degree panorama.
    • Hiking shoes are a must.
    • The hike is accessible for kids, but not suitable for strollers.
    • There is a fun toboggan ride for the kids in the summer!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Simply beautiful 22/10/2018
    • Amazing all around views and landscapes 09/10/2018
    • Le Semnoz
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 51 51 50
    Other:
  • Annecy Aventure
    Parasailing & Paragliding, River Rafting & Tubing, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Paragliding is a great activity that Annecy is famous for, and the views descending over the town are spectacular. This adventure company offers a range of paragliding options, along with a host of other activities including canyoning, rafting — even dog sledding!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • They also offer training courses and a range of activities for kids.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 17 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Paragliding over the lake 08/10/2018
    • First paragliding experience! 20/09/2018
    • Annecy Aventure
    Address:
    11 avenue de la Republique
    74960, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 45 38 46
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy
    Jogging Paths & Tracks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Biking Trails
    T9224OJannas Says:

    Biking is just another way to see the lake and the landscape. This track goes all the way from Annecy center to Le Bout de Lac — a nice village. A nice, flat, and easy ride, offering a great view all along the lake.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Plan for a half day ride. There are picnic areas along the track, as well as cafes in the villages.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bike Heaven! 06/11/2018
    • A must do!!! 25/09/2018
    • Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy
    Other:
  • Terra Canyon
    Canyons, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    There are some great canyoneering opportunities very close to Annecy. You can organize an adventure as a group or opt for an initiation course with Terra Canyon.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Activities are suitable for kids aged 10 and over.
    • A dozen different canyoning itineraries of various difficulties are on offer.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 12 Nature & Parks in Annecy
    • Genial 13/08/2018
    • Top expérience 08/08/2018
    • Terra Canyon
    Address:
    Annecy
    74000, Annecy
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 63 85 65 48
    Other:
  • Plage Municipale de Menthon Saint Bernard
    Beaches
    T9224OJannas Says:

    Come and bathe here in wonderfully clear waters; or, if you prefer to avoid the sun, this beach offers shady spots under the tree,s and is generally not crowded. A great place for families in particular as there is supervised swimming, along with a kids pool.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a cafe onsite if you are in need of a snack.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Menthon-Saint-Bernard
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to hire a motor launch on Lake Annecy 03/08/2018
    • Beautiful Day at the Lake 08/07/2018
    • Plage Municipale de Menthon Saint Bernard
    Address:
    Route de la Plage
    Menthon-Saint-Bernard
    France
  • Roc de Chere
    Other Outdoor Activities
    T9224OJannas Says:

    If you venture a bit further from the city you can enjoy the tranquility of Roc de Chere natural reserve. The reserve has some nice walking paths as well as exceptional natural rock formations.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a hotel located here if you wish to stay the night.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 19 things to do in Talloires
    • The hike builds 17/07/2018
    • Grand hike with incredible views 12/06/2018
    • Roc de Chere
  • La Tournette
    Mountains
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    For real adventure lovers, the hike to the top of La Tournette offers a technical path rewarded by the spectacular view over the lake, surrounding mountains, and the Aravis Massif.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is a steep trek, with an altitude difference of 1400+ meters for part of the hike.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Annecy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fabulous views of the lake 13/08/2018
    • Breathtaking view!!! 15/04/2018
    • La Tournette
  • Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    For an easy and tranquil walk in an exceptional environment, come and stroll through the beautiful natural reserve of Bout de Lac.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can bike all the way to the reserve using the bike path, and then walk around the reserve.
    • The reserve has accessible parking areas.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Doussard
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful surroundings with easy access for all 31/08/2017
    • Green, gentle and informative 10/07/2017
    • Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac
    Address:
    Bout du Lac
    74210 Doussard
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 17 54 21 68
  • La Clusaz Ski Resort
    Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    In winter, skiing is a must when visiting Annecy, and there are some excellent ski resorts, like La Clusaz, less than an hour's drive away. Go just for a day, or book in a longer stay at La Clusaz village to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in winter, or hiking and golfing in summer.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Christmas holidays definitely require advance booking.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in La Clusaz
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family resort and very cute 06/08/2018
    • Hotel Alpen Roc La Clusaz 29/06/2018
    • La Clusaz Ski Resort
    Address:
    161 Place de l Eglise
    Bp 7
    74220 La Clusaz
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 50 32 65 00
    Other:
  • Mobilboard Le Grand Bornand
    Segway Tours
    T9224OJannas Says:

    Le Grand Bornand is a great ski resort, famous for cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions in winter, and a whole range of outdoor activities in summer . One of these is a segway tour, which makes for a fun way for the family to experience the area year-round!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The resort is very child- and family-friendly, with numerous activities and festivals.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 12 things to do in Le Grand-Bornand
    • A secret gem?? 03/09/2014
    • :-) 08/07/2014
    • Mobilboard Le Grand Bornand
    Address:
    Chef Lieu
    74450 Le Grand-Bornand
    France
    Phone:
    +33 7 78 28 39 86
    Other:
  • Thones
    Destinations
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    Thones is a mountain village that is well worth visiting. You will find numerous outdoor activities here, including a via ferrata (protected climbing route). which is considered one of the most technical in the French Alps.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Special equipment and some climbing skills are required.
    • Thrones has a long gastronomic tradition of locally made cheese.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Thones
  • Saint-Jorioz
    Destinations
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    T9224OJannas Says:

    A trip to Saint Jorioz is a great cultural visit, allowing you to stroll into the history of the Alps as you combine great lunch opportunities with outdoor activities. The village is authentic, and the scenery is sure to relax you.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The village is set on the lake, and has a very nice, quiet beach - a good alternative to visiting a beach in Annecy.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Saint-Jorioz
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