Guided tours in Annecy and its surroundings
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Only 40 km south of Geneva and 100 km from Chamonix is the beautiful lake surrounded by mountains stretched medieval town of Annecy – one of the most beautiful in France, it is also called the Venice of the Alps.
Old pedestrian streets, cobbled streets, many canals and bridges decorated with flowers, ocher facades, reflecting in the water, swimming swans, ships and yachts on the lake, the old park in Europe with walkways and fountains – a popular place for locals walks.
Add to the landscape located on a hill castle Annecy 12th century, the former residence of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-de Nemours, and below, right next to the lake, in the middle of the river Tew – a small castle of the Palais de l’Isle, a former residence, and later prison. This, like a stone ship, the castle – one of the most photographed monuments in France, became a symbol of Annecy.
Taking a walk through the medieval city, you stand on the bridge of St. Valentine, you will listen to choirs, which sang with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, will understand why Francis de Sales became the patron of journalists and writers, plunge into the atmosphere of the ballet “Swan Lake.
Residence of the Counts of Geneva and the Savoy, a refuge for the Bishop of Geneva during the victory of the Calvinists and the center of the counter-reformers Francis de Sales, from the 16th century, the city became the capital of Savoie Annecy.