Lac d'Annecy in Annecy, France

I love lakes. I love them for their settings, for their water activities, for their unsalted water, for how they provide beautiful scenery to landlocked areas, for their geological history. I grew up surrounded by thousands of lakes in Minnesota, so naturally, lakes are some of my favorite settings. I even have a bucket list of lakes I hope to see someday.

But there’s one lake that beats all other lakes that I’ve visited to date. It’s Lac d’Annecy.

Located an easy 45-minute drive from Geneva, Switzerland, a little over an hour from Grenoble, France, and about two hours from Lyon, France, it is easy to access and well worth carving out a day or more to visit.

Annecy – the lake and the town – has the kind of setting that would be perfect for one of those throwback hand-illustrated posters that evoke images of bygone eras when vacations were spent leisurely paddling canoes and playing croquet in big poofy dresses.

Wandering around Annecy feels like being on a movie set. Towering Alps in the distance, expansive parks along the shoreline, narrow streets bustling with outdoor markets, flower-lined canals cutting through historic buildings. It is quite simply the most picturesque place I have ever visited.

Which is why words won’t do it justice.

Instead, I’ll share a curated selection of the dozens of photos I took during our visit. We didn’t have a set itinerary, except to rent bikes and dip our toes in the lake. That gave us the freedom to wander, take photos, eat gelato, and soak in every moment and breathtaking view of the day.


Lac d’Annecy

Beaches and Parks by the Lake

Marissa standing in Lac d'Annecy

I could stay here forever!

Shirt: Zara
Skirt: Loft (similar style)
Sandals: Steve Madden (similar, in tan)
Hat: Lou Lou Boutiques

Annecy – Ville

Are you in love yet?

I could have spent a week here – it’s the perfect place for a retreat, to get away from life and recharge among the breathtaking natural scenery. I will definitely be back!

Additional Information

The following resources provide more information about the history of Annecy and what you can do when you visit.

Have you been to Annecy? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments!