Easily accessible or after a nice hike, take in the exceptional sites. Lake views, mountain views... the beauty of the place is everywhere for those who take the time to admire it.
Take in the sights and sounds of the exceptional… Sometimes it only takes a few seconds to capture you forever. Discover the most beautiful viewpoints of Lake Annecy and the surrounding area!
The Parmelan (1856 m)
The Parmelan is one of those extraordinary places. With its magnificent limestone plateau and its lapiaz, the partial view of Lake Annecy and the Alps, this panorama invites you to travel. A cross, a refuge dating from 1883 and nature as far as the eye can see… A change of scenery is guaranteed, 30 minutes from Annecy, with beautiful hikes in prospect!
© Alain Dujardin – photoslahaut.com
The pass of La Forclaz (1147 m)
Do you want to enjoy a panorama of the whole of Lake Annecy within easy reach? Head for the pass of La Forclaz, renowned throughout Europe for offering paragliders an extraordinary landscape! By walking up to the paraglider launch (15 min), discover the most beautiful view of the lake, with the sounds and colours of the sails! The best time to go is undoubtedly at sunset when the sky and the lake are ablaze… a real highlight.
© Philippe Royer
The Plateau des Glières (1450 m)
A change of scenery guaranteed, just 45 minutes from Annecy! Go to the Plateau des Glières for a panorama between the Auges and Frêtes mountains. The Emile Gilioli monument, symbol of the Resistance and hope, has stood in the middle of a preserved nature since 1973. If you go up to the Chalet des Auges, marvellous panoramas await you on the Aravis chain, the Mont-Blanc massif, the Salève or the Parmelan.
© Monica Dalmasso
The Semnoz Plateau
The Crêt de Chatillon (1699 m)
Easily accessible by car or bus (summer and winter lines of the SIBRA), vast horizons are offered to all visitors who climb the Semnoz… A 360° panorama on the Albanais plain + the mountains of Lake Annecy + the Aravis range + the Northern Alps + the Mont-Blanc massif = the Semnoz! An addition which works every time, with variations by adding the Annecy lake or the Bourget lake. We don’t know where to turn!
© Gilles Piel
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The bridge of L’Abîme
Looking for a breathtaking panorama? The bridge of L’Abîme is the place to be! 64 m long and 96 m above the Chéran, this metal suspension bridge was built in the 19th century by the engineer Baudin and is one of the sights to see on the territory of Lake Annecy. Nature lovers will appreciate the trio of river, cliffs and small waterfalls below, with a breathtaking and unique view of the Chéran.
© Monica Dalmasso
Le Pâquier / Albigny Avenue
Next to the famous old town of Annecy, on the Pâquier and along the Albigny Avenue, enjoy an exceptional panorama of the lake and the mountains. Why do we like it? Because you are totally immersed in this heavenly setting! A few small boats line the shores and the place, populated by swans, makes it a real postcard landscape.
© Gilles Nulli
Mont Veyrier (1291 m)
Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron are a real spectacle on the lake and the Bauges on one side, and on the Mont Blanc massif, the Bornes and the Aravis on the other. In 1934, a cable car made it possible to reach the summit to reach a luxurious hotel. Today, to reach the summit as quickly as possible, you can leave from the Col des Contrebandiers (30 min walk).
© Chloé Gaona
Hermitage Saint-Germain (720 m)
Get ready for a breathtaking view of Lake Annecy from the hermitage Saint-Germain. The Church of Saint Germain, built in 1780, gives a special touch to this spiritual place. This place was originally dedicated to the hermit Germain, a Benedictine monk and the first prior of the Talloires abbey in the 11th century, who came to retire in the cave located just below. A haven of peace conducive to contemplation over the Bay of Talloires and the lake.
© Gilles Piel
The Taillefer (505 m)
A beautiful walk where you can see not only squirrels jumping from branch to branch but also magnificent views of Lake Annecy and its emblematic peaks! The sunset from the grotte de la Vierge is fabulous. This cave was fitted out with a statue of the Virgin in memory of a miraculous rescue of two boatmen on the lake.
© Gilles Piel
View over the roofs of the old town
Take a break on Annecy’s balcony, the little secret corner of Annecy where you can admire the roofs of the old town. The picturesque blends delightfully with history and the sunset brings an even more delectable atmosphere. You can contemplate the roofs of Old Annecy from the Côte Saint-Maurice or from the courtyard of the Château d’Annecy where the view is even more grandiose.
© Dominique Lafon