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Annecy (Èneci / Ènneci in Arpitan language) is a commune in the Haute-Savoiemarker department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern Francemarker.

It lies on northern tip of Lake Annecymarker (Lac d'Annecy), 35 kilometres south of Genevamarker.


Annecy is the capital of the department of "Haute Savoie" no. 74.

The metropolitan area of Annecy includes 13 municipalities.

Annecy is the capital of three cantons:


Annecy is located between Genevamarker and Chambérymarker. Thus its history was strongly influenced by these two towns between the 10th and the 19th century. Starting as the capital of the county of Geneva, after the demise of the counts of Geneva, it became integrated into the House of Savoy's possessions in 1401. In 1444, it was set up by the Princes of Savoy as the capital of a region covering the possessions of the Genevois, Faucignymarker and Beaufortain. With the advance of Calvinism in 1535, it became a center for the Counter-Reformation and the bishop's see of Geneva was transferred here

During the French Revolution, the Savoy region was conquered by France and Annecy became attached to the département of Mont Blancmarker, of which capital was Chambérymarker. After the Bourbon Restoration in 1815, it was returned to the Kingdom of Sardinia (heir of the Duchy of Savoy). When Savoy was sold to France in 1860, it became the capital of the new département of Haute-Savoie.

Francis of Sales was born at the castle of Sales, close by, in 1567. He was bishop of Annecy from 1602 to 1622.

Annecy was the site of the second round of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) talks in 1949.


The Fiermarker forms part of the commune's north-western border.The mountains around the town of Annecy are; Le Mont Verier, Le Semnoz, La Tournette and the Parmelan.


Annecy has hosted the Annecy International Animated Film Festival since 1960.


On July 23, 2009 Annecy played host to Stage 18 of the Tour de France, as the start/finish point for an individual time trial around Lake Annecymarker.

On October 16th, 2009, the International Olympic Committeemarker has listed Annecy as one of the three Applicant Cities for 2018 Winter Olympic Games, with Munichmarker, in Germanymarker, and Pyeongchangmarker, in South Koreamarker. If chosen, Annecy will be the fourth french city to host the Winter Olympic Games, after Chamonixmarker, Grenoblemarker and Albertvillemarker.

Main sights

Sights in Annecy include:


Research organisations

  • LAPP Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules specialized in Physics
  • Mecatronics department of CETIM
  • Different R&D activities in the Université de Savoie and its Ecole Polytechnique d'Ingenieurs: Polytech'Savoie.


Companies located in and around Annecy include:

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Annecy is twinned with:

See also


External links


Image:Jail in annecy.jpg|Palais de l'Isle jail by night..Image:Annecy, Kodacolor by Scott Williams.jpg|View of the Lake.

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