Immerse yourself in the local culture and discover the region's ancient heritage.
Annecy, officially a Town of Art & History, is a pleasant place to visit whatever the season or topic of interest. Follow our tour guides through the cobbled streets of the old town or in the castle museum, to unveil all the secrets of this modern town dating back to the Middle Ages. There are other castles dotted across the region too, such as Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Montrottier, Thorens-Glières, and Duingt where the ancient village even has some medieval architectural features. South of the lake, discover the town of Faverges, which dates from the Roman era, and climb the 145 steps of the Donjon des Seigneurs (Lords’ keep) for a 360° panoramic view over the castle and town. The Viuz-Faverges archaeology museum is the custodian of many traces of this long and rich past.
At the end of the Second World War, Haute-Savoie was the first region to be completely liberated, thanks to the local Resistance. On the Glières plateau where the Resistance formed, a history trail retraces the lives and the struggle of those young people who stood up to the German troops. The Glières memorial on the plateau is a symbol of resistance and hope. At the bottom of the plateau, the Morette site is a major remembrance venue featuring the National Necropolis of Les Glières, the Resistance Museum and the Deportation Memorial.
Old farmhouses and ancient chalets, bread furnaces, fountains, oratories and little chapels, and the sound of cow bells from the Tarentaise cows… An entire heritage and a whole way of life waiting to be (re)discovered during your visits to the Wood & Forest Ecomuseum, La Source, Le Hameau des Alpes, the Lake Annecy Ecomuseum and the Pays de Laudon Museum. These cultural centres offer an amusing way to learn about the history of our mountains and experience a taste of the lives of the local people!
A century ago or more, Lake Doussard in Abigny was traversed by boats with lateen sails that carried thousands of tons of cargo by windpower, such as dimension stone, wood for heating, barrels of wine, and coal. The Espérance III is a replica of the Espérance II, with 2 masts and 2 lateen sails shaped like the “ears of Annecy”. Seating up to 12 passengers, this vessel invites you to experience the soft mobility of the olden days, and of the future! The Espérance III launching ceremony took place on 17th September 2021 during the European Heritage Days.
The Paccard Foundry is part and parcel of Annecy’s cultural and industrial heritage, passed down through eight generations for over two centuries to make the reputation of Annecy and France echo across the world ! The Paccard Museum plunges you into the magic of molten metal, revealing the expert craft of bell-making with the help of tools, engravings, photographs, documents and foundry creations. On Thursdays only, if you book ahead, you can even see the bells being cast. This captivating tour will definitely resonate!
Appreciated for its beautiful landscape, the diversity of outdoor activities available, the must-try local specialities and the region’s cultural life and historical heritage, Lake Annecy and its 34 facets are the promise of unique experiences.
Among the most beautiful villages in the French Alps, Le Grand-Bornand, recently awarded the “Flocon Vert” seal of approval, cultivates the charm of its 200 year-old chalets along with the modernity of a dynamic and coveted event-hosting resort, yet has retained all its authenticity. Visitors and residents are united by the same openness in their lively, happy community life.
Thône Heart of the Valleys is an inevitable base camp from which to explore the region. It attracts visitors all year round, with its 8 typical villages offering a diversity of landscapes and activities to satisfy both children and adults. Take a trip across this unique land which invites you to take the time to enjoy life!
Here, life is sweet and the seasons colourful. At an ideal location just south of Lake Annecy, the destination’s 7 towns and villages promise plenty of paths to explore, craftspeople and farmers to meet, heritage to discover, and a host of activities to enjoy…
Manigod, an authentic village resort with a human feel, is the perfect nature destination for a summer holiday with family or friends.
From the village to the summits, a pure delight for mountain lovers and fans of the great outdoors. In winter, the resort promises winter sports galore, with each to their own pace and preference.
You will appreciate the charm and tranquillity of an authentic mountain village. Saint Jean de Sixt is the ideal natural base camp, located at the gateway to the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds: the Aravis massif and its great ski area.