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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Ski Area
“It's the second most visited tourist destination in France for a reason. It's amazing up there in the high mountains. Year round access to climbing, ski the legendary vallee blanche in winter or just get close to Mont Blanc. The lift pass is expensive but worth it. Make sure you go on the train to the Mer de Glace on the same day to make the most of the pass.”
  • 136 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“As you step away from the Annecy Old Town and you stroll along the main canal, the pathway will take you towards the Lac d Annecy (Lake Annecy). This is the third largest lake in France, so bring your camera, because the view is quite impressive! There are plenty of activities to choose from. You can hire a motor boat, or you can choose to get on a pedal boat and take your time relaxing whilst sunbathing in the French sunshine. Alternatively, you can choose to spend some time in the beautiful Jardins de l’Europe (Gardens of Europe). Where else you can relax at the 18th century gardens with a view over a beautiful lake and the spectacular backdrop of the mountain range. It is stunning! These days, the gardens feature a much smaller number of original plants; thus allowing for a clearer view of the lake. Win-win situation here. If you are travelling to Annecy with kids, then this will be a great place for you to stretch your legs too. The park has an extensive grassy area for kids to loose some energy and there is also a kids play park with a bunch of slides, swings and other funky toys to play with.”
  • 110 locals recommend
Beach
“The ultimate place for a swim, good and cheap food (arguably the best fondue in Geneva). ”
  • 211 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“A must-see on a visit to Geneva, the jet d'eau is a defining symbol of Lake Léman in Geneva. ”
  • 130 locals recommend
Spa
“The best spa for miles around, by far. Head through the tunnel and treat yourself!”
  • 59 locals recommend
Church
“The Prince-Bishop of Geneva established the St. Pierre Cathedral in the 12th century. Archaeological findings beneath the church show evidence of a previous structure dating back to the 4th century, Roman Empire mosaics, an 11th-century crypt and three earlier churches. From the 8th to the 10th century there were three cathedrals which shared this location.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Centre commercial couvert, regroupant de nombreuses boutiques : Levi's, H&M, Zara,Aubade, FNAC, Ikks Women, Jennyfer, Monoprix, Nature & Découvertes, Parashop, Petit Bateau, Sephora, Springfield, The Body Shop,... // Covered Mall, regrouping many shops : Levi's, H&M, Zara,Aubade, FNAC, Ikks Women, Jennyfer, Monoprix, Nature & Découvertes, Parashop, Petit Bateau, Sephora, Springfield, The Body Shop,...”
  • 66 locals recommend
Lake
“Le Lac du Bourget est un lieu touristique très prisé l'été, grâce aux plages (certains accès à celle-ci sont payantes en juillet-août) et à des activités nautiques tels que le ski nautique, la plongée, ou la navigation à voile. La température de l'eau est régulièrement mesurée entre 20 et 25 °C l'été.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Park
“Promenade des Bastion is about 10min walk and has a playground, chess boards, restaurant, etc. If you’re here over December-January definitely head to Bastion for the amazing Christmas market and ice skating rink!”
  • 71 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“The Parc Animalier de Merlet is not a zoo. It's a reserve for deer, chamois, bouquetins, marmots, llamas and more. Come see the animals in their natural habitat.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Colloquial Area
“Wonderful thermal baths nearby in St Maurice. Children 4 and over welcome. Beautiful views and hot springs.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Mountain
“Superbe vue panoramique… y aller au coucher de soleil ! Breathtaking lakeview... Don't miss the sunset there !”
  • 93 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Just stroll around all Annecy center with its beautiful canals and little streets.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Museum of Art and History is the city's largest and one of its most important institutions. The museum is housed within a building designed by Marc Camoletti and constructed from 1903 to 1910; the building's exhibition space covers four floors and 7,000m². the building itself is a treasure with an inner courtyard, and a façade featuring sculptures by Paul Amlehn and a triangular gable with an allegorical depiction of the arts. In a frieze on the upper section of the façade, there are the names of Genevan artists. The collections are divided into thematic categories focusing on Applied Arts, Fine Art, and archaeology. There is an art section in the museum with paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century including works by Konrad Witz, Rembrandt, Modigliani, and Rodin. An Applied Arts section has Byzantine art, medieval weapons, silverware and historic musical instruments among the collection. Part of the museum has been turned into the 17th century interior of the Lower Castle Zizers complete with wood paneling and furniture. In the archaeology, the section pieces from prehistoric Europe, ancient Egypt, African, Greek, and Roman cultures. Other interesting pieces in the collection are medieval stained glass, 12th-century armor, Swiss watches, and Greek vases.”
  • 33 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“La Mecque du fromage, ma suggestion : La raclette fumée… pensez à réserver! / The Cheese Mecca, make sure you book in advance and don't miss the Smoked Raclette !”
  • 80 locals recommend
Department Store
“Visiting Manor gives you the opportunity to see what is available in Geneva, the prices, great food store in the basement and affordable restaurant at the top!”
  • 52 locals recommend