Located in southern France near the borders of Switzerland and Italy, Annecy is a city popular with holiday makers who wish to escape big city life and spend some time enjoying the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and peace & quiet the area has to offer. The city features a network of scenic canals and streams which run off nearby Lac Annecy, leading it to earn the nickname "Venice of the Alps". With your rental car you can explore this historical city and beautiful surrounding area at your own pace and without a care in the world. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Annecy is both easy and economical.
The origins of Annecy date back to ancient times, when a village formed on the banks of the lake, in a place the locals quickly realised was truly special. To this day Lac Annecy is regarded as one of the cleanest bodies of water in Europe, perfect for swimming, fishing, boating and watersports. You can drive your rental car along the shores of the lake to explore its beautiful sights, or pick a nice spot to stop for a swim or picnic.
A number of canals which run off the lake pass through Annecy, creating a unique atmosphere similar to that of Venice. Long rows of houses lie right on the edge of the water, with colourful boats moored behind them creating a very picturesque setting. One of the most photographed buildings in the Alps is located here, known as Palais de l'isle. Built in the 12th century in the centre of the main canal, Palais de l'isle was once home to the Lord of Annecy, and had various other uses over the years including a prison. To visit the building, drive your rental car into the city centre, where you will find it at the centre of Le Thiou, the main canal.
The most noticeable building in the city is without a doubt Chateau d'Annecy, a grand castle built on a hill overlooking the city. Drive your hire car south of Le Thiou to visit the castle, which also dates back to the 12th century and was home to the Counts of Geneva. From here you will also get a spectacular view of Annecy, particularly the historic centre, definitely a must for anyone visiting the city.
With so much natural beauty in the area, it would be a shame not to spend some time exploring the great outdoors. You can relax in piece and quiet on the shores of the lake, or perhaps take in a boat trip. During winter, ski fields are a great daytrip option, and during warmer months the Alps provide the setting for endless scenic drive opportunities, the perfect way to make use of your rental car and see parts of France others miss.
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