Things to do in Annecy

Things to do in Annecy

Lake Annecy – things to do in 48 hours

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During our 10 days road trip through France, one of the stops we planned for, was a 48 hours stay by the Lake Annecy. After we stayed in Beaune for one night we left towards Annecy, a well-known village by the French Alps. The city of Annecy is the capital of Haute-Savoie district. It lies on the northern tip of the Lake Annecy, only 22 miles from Geneve in Switzerland. I have heard of Annecy and how charming it was and I wasn’t disappointed. The landscape was so beautiful with the clear waters of the lake in the foreground and French Alps in the background, no wonder the city is nicknamed “Pearl of French Alps” by French geographers.

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View of the Lake Annecy and the Alps

Coming from the heat of Paris to Lake Annecy’s beautiful “cool” weather was a relief. Lake’s water held +25C and was absolutely perfect – it was clear and warm.

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The see-through water of Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy holiday – things to do

There are tons of things to do around Lake Annecy and we planned for at least one hike while staying here. We also found a small plane company which does flights over the lake and the French Alps that we booked for one evening. The first day we drove up to the Le Col de la Forclaz by Talloires just on the other side of the lake, to check out the views. You should definitely check out this viewpoint if you are ever in the area. The view of the lake Annecy from the viewpoint was stunning. Activities in the city of Annecy and around Lac Annecy (French name) are so diverse and thus suitable for both families with kids, couples, and group of friends.

There are several things to do in Annecy in summer. You can do physical activities such as cycling, hiking, rafting, climbing or you can visit several chateau and museums. Or how about Foodie experience with organic local products and wine.



The city of Annecy holds several exhibitions of a different kind during the year. Check out Lac Annecy official tourism site for dates and activities.

But did you know that you can do many winter activities around Lake Annecy? You can go skiing, glacier walking, heliski or ice climbing?

We are very laid back and chill, we love to spend some days by the pool or on the beach, but we also love to explore nature or a city. Since we had the beach at our doorstep at the hotel we went exploring the nature.

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View of the Lake Annecy

At the viewpoint, there were two paragliding platforms and many paragliders in the air. Our 12-year-old was bragging about how tough he was who wasn’t afraid to do the paragliding. We are just like the next pair of parents – wanted to teach him a lesson. The next day we drove back and he had to do it! And I’ll tell you he was tough even thou he was really nervous.

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Paragliding over Lake Annecy

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Getting ready for paragliding over the Lake Annecy

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Off over the Lake Annecy

Since we were going to fly over the alps later that day neither I nor my husband did the paragliding. Cause you know – we are ain’t millionaires :)) But, guess what?? As we were waiting for Aleks to land and get back up, we got a phone call from the plane company that canceled our trip due to really poor weather conditions later in the evening 🙁

I just have to say that the guys who organized paragliding and instructors were really great. They had a GoPro and took a lot of shots and video while flying. The instructor spoke English well and Aleks could steer the sail. Overall we felt very safe. If you want to try it, look up Airmax Parapente or search them up on (this is not sponsored).

Ok, so back to the planned hikes – I had my tights and my Nikes on and was ready to go, straight after junior came back after his paragliding. We were walking down to meet our son and guess what – my husband’s leg injury kicked in. So here I was in the beautiful French Alps, in a beautiful weather and was not going to hike, paraglide or on a plane trip over the mountains 🙁

I still had one thing I planned for – explore Annecy, which I heard so many nice things about. The first evening we had in Annecy it was pouring rain, so I thought “hey, new day tomorrow”. The next evening we went to Annecy it was more than pouring. It was thunder and lighting and traffic jam in and out of the city. So we managed to turn half the way, stop at McDonald’s to get some “food” for Aleks and drove back to the hotel. I don’t do good without food or sleep (that’s the worst case) so luckily for everybody the restaurant at our hotel had available table for us.

Where to stay in Annecy

We stayed 2 nights at Clos Marcel hotel in the village called Duingt, just 10 min drive from Annecy.We were very excited about what room and service we would get, as I have heard that I shouldn’t expect too much from hotels when I book through a third-party provider. Well, let me tell you one thing – this was the third time and I couldn’t complain at all. We got a great room and a great service – every time! This post is no way sponsored!

The hotel was amazing – read my full review here. We booked a room with a view of the lake Annecy.

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A room with a view

There are many campsites around Lake Annecy. Some have pools, some are the beach and some have incredible views of the Lake. If you travel with family or a group of friends you can also rent a mountain hut. But if you want to stay close to the lake, city and the mountains I suggest you stay either in Annecy or small villages around the Lake.



French cuisine is known for its elegance, extravagance, quality, and innovation. We have all heard about Bœuf Bourguignon, Coq au vin, Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée, and Mousse au Chocolat. But every district in France has its own specialty. According to Wikipedia, these are the most famous French dishes in this area:

  • Andouillette (a kind of sausage with tripe)
  • Fondue savoyarde (fondue made with cheese and white wine into which cubes of bread are dipped)
  • Gratin dauphinoise (a traditional regional French dish based on potatoes and crème fraîche)
  • Quenelle (flour, butter, eggs, milk, and fish, traditionally pike, mixed and poached)
  • Raclette (the cheese is melted and served with potatoes, ham and often dried beef)
  • Soupe à l’oignon (onion soup based on meat stock, often served gratinéed with cheese on top)
  • Tartiflette (a Savoyard gratin with potatoes, Reblochon cheese, cream, and pork)
  • Gratin de crozets Savoyard (A Savoyard dish with square buckwheat pasta “les crozets de Savoie“, cheese and ham)

There are a few good restaurants in Annecy and in villages around the lake, but there are also few tourist magnets. The restaurant at our hotel – Le Comptoir du Lac – was amazing and although we stayed in the hotel we had to make reservations for popular evenings since they booked up rather quickly. CHECK THEIR MENU HERE

Annecy has at least one restaurant in Michelin Guide (do not confuse it with a Michelin star) – Restaurant 1er Mets – which gets excellent reviews. CHECK THEIR MENU AND MAKE A RESERVATION HERE

Lake Annecy’s location to the mountains makes it a destination with diverse seasonal activities. The beauty of the Lake is difficult to describe and you can’t go wrong with French cuisine and wine. This place is the perfect destination for your next long weekend trip. And if you have a drone this place is perfect for filming and shooting from above.

If you travel with smaller kids check out “Kids love travel”, they have many inspiring adventures.

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Hotel in Duingt


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French Alps

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The amazing Lake Annecy

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Shot with our drone

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Drone view of Duingt

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The ever beautiful and charming Annecy – I just love the guy in the picture 🙂

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We were ready for hiking 🙂



  1. March 11, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    These photos are amazing! You were so lucky with the room view – I’d happily sit there all day with a book and a bottle of wine.

    • Travelletters
      March 22, 2018 / 8:02 am

      I know 🙂 I could do that too in a heart beat – it was absolutely amazing 🙂

  2. March 10, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    There’s still so much of France left to explore for me!! Love your photos!

    • Travelletters
      March 22, 2018 / 8:21 am

      Absolutely! I will go back for more too 🙂

  3. February 9, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    I honestly never heard of Annecy before reading your post. Your pictures are lovely and the place looks amazing! Always wanted to try paragliding as well. You must have had an amazing view paragliding. I’ve just started to explore the world and I love finding out new places like this so thank you for sharing.

    • Travelletters
      March 4, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      It is super charming and so diverse when it comes to things to do! I can highly recommend it 🙂

  4. February 9, 2018 / 8:05 am

    You, for sure, had a great time. and WOW, the view from your room definitely looks like a pleasant vacation. I also see how pretty that drone shot is – excellent castle view! Which drone is that?..

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:54 am

      I love drone photography – it gives you much more options 🙂 We have a DJI Phantom4 – great camera quality and air stability, but it is a little bit big as you have to bring it in its own bag.

  5. February 9, 2018 / 2:57 am

    Weirdly I’ve never heard about Annecy but this really is a gem of a place! The views from the top are amazing and paragliding will surely be one of those things I’ll probably do!! Sad your plans were spoiled but with a ray if sunshine that you’ll go back for a longer stay now!

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:52 am

      Annecy is super beautiful and I would have gone paragliding if it wasn’t for the plane tour we booked that eventually was cancelled 🙂 I would definitely like to go back for some hiking 🙂

  6. February 8, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    I secretly used to take pride in the Himalayas but the ALps looks so beautiful;! Honestly, reading about them the first time and I am inspired to travel there 🙂

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:49 am

      Mountains are so mighty and beautiful no matter where they are. I would love to visit Himalaya. I hope I had more time to explore mountains more 🙂

  7. February 8, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Annecy is such a gem! I have been to Mégeve but never Annecy. Would love to go. PS:Your son looks like he had a lovely time!

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:47 am

      I haven’t heard of Megeve – is it somewhere in the same area? He was very nervous, but he loved it 🙂

  8. February 8, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do paragliding! Looks like so much fun 🙂 I’m glad you had a fun trip.

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:46 am

      I would love to try it one day too, just need a little planning 🙂

  9. February 8, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Wow – heartbreakingly beautiful! I am yet to venture into Europe, but with all this reading I am doing I can hardly wait! Great post 🙂

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:44 am

      You should definitely come to Europe – it’s so diverse – the landscapes, the historic sites, the architecture, the food and cultures. You will love it 🙂

  10. Rajlakshmi
    February 8, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    I love your positive attitude… Atleat the stunning views made up for the things you missed. The place lookslike a dream. 😀

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:43 am

      It was so beautiful there so it’s totally fine. It gives the reason to go back 🙂

  11. February 8, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Annecy was a destination that I was unaware of!
    However, it looks very interesting! I’m so happy I get to read inspiring posts…
    By the way, I’m sorry it didn’t go as planned, but this is what makes adventures different and never boring!
    And it surely is a reason more to go back 😉

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:42 am

      Annecy is super beautiful 🙂 I love to plan, but the best experience I have had are those that come unexpected 🙂 I would definitely love to go back and do some hiking 🙂

  12. Anisa
    February 8, 2018 / 10:21 am

    What a beautiful place! Sorry your plane got cancelled. Did your son enjoy the paragliding? I don’t think I have the courage to do that. The plane sounds more my speed.

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:38 am

      He was very nervous, but he loved it 🙂 I would love to try it one day too 🙂

  13. mscgerber
    August 27, 2017 / 9:09 am

    I hope you will have the chance to go back there and explore everything. By the way, the Swiss alps are even better than the French Alps 😛

    • Travelletters
      February 9, 2018 / 10:37 am

      So do I 🙂 If not, I will come to Switzerland and you can be our guide 🙂

  14. mapsandmuses
    August 15, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    I’ve only ever been to Paris! I need to explore France more!

    • August 16, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Paris is gorgeous – I love it! But so i the rest of the France 🙂

  15. August 15, 2017 / 10:14 am

    It looks like such an amazing time! I’m planning a France road trip so I’ll be coming back for more tips 😊

    • August 16, 2017 / 10:06 am

      Oh, can I come with you as your guide? :):) Let me know if I can be of any help!

  16. Tracey Best
    August 15, 2017 / 12:12 am

    What an amazing trip! I want to go there & skydive but I’m nervous. Things don’t always go to plan but it can bring out a better adventure. 🙂

    • August 16, 2017 / 10:05 am

      Overall it was amazing – so screw the plans 🙂

  17. August 14, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Annecy is gorgeous isn’t it! I used to live in France and loved visiting there

    • August 16, 2017 / 10:05 am

      I loved France 🙂 and will have to go back to Annecy as we haven’t seen it at all due to really poor weather conditions during our evenings there 🙁

    • August 15, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      I have certainly found it out! I love it 🙂

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