Soaring dramatically over Annecy’s intact Old Town and set atop a rocky promontory, the medieval castle is a fine display of Savoyard defensive architecture as it was the princely residence of the Counts of Geneva between the 13th and 17th centuries; it was later on abandoned and served a military barracks until the end of World War II. Imagine yourself as a brave 14th century knight and try to identify the primitive keep, the gates, and the cellar rooms. Like many other fortresses elsewhere in Europe, the castle was considerably extended and given several upgrades throughout the centuries, both in terms of style and defensive purposes. The furniture, artworks, and accessories nowadays found inside the otherwise bare yet fascinating exhibition area are testament to these changes, and perfectly complemented by sections on contemporary Savoyard art and Lake Annecy’s eventful history.
Most visitors like to enjoy an excursion to Annecy as a half-day tour from close by Geneva, where they can dwelve in the city’s rich history and wander its colorful canal-side streets. Another option would be to hop on a full day tour of both Geneva and Annecy, which includes a scenic cruise on the turquoise waters of Lake Geneva.
Château d’Annecy is located in the city of Annecy in the Auvergne-Rhône- Alpes region of eastern France. While not accessible by public transit nor by car (closest parking lot is located at 10 Place Georges Volland and costs 1,10 € per hour) as the old town of Annecy is very compact and pedestrian-only, it’s just a few minutes walk from the core historic center below. Entry costs 5.20 € per adult and 2.60 € per child. The castle is open every day except Tuesday between October 1 and May 31, from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm; open every day between June 1 and September 30, from 10:30am to 6pm. Closed on May 1, November 1, November 11, December 25, and January 1.