Annecy (US: / /, AN-ə-SEE, ahn-SEE, French: [ansi] (listen); Francoprovençal: Èneci or Ènneci) is the prefecture and largest city of the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Geneva, Switzerland. Nicknamed the "Pearl of French Alps" in Raoul Blanchard's monograph describing its location between lake and mountains, the city controls the northern entrance to the lake gorge. Due to a lack of available building land between the lake and the protected Semnoz mountain, its population has remained stagnant, around 50,000 inhabitants, since 1950. However, the 2017 merger with several ex-communes extended the city population to 124,401 inhabitants and 203,078 for its urban area, placing Annecy sixth in the region, behind Annemasse, which had 292,000 inhabitants.
|Canton||Annecy-1, Annecy-2, Annecy-le-Vieux and Seynod|
|Intercommunality||CA Grand Annecy|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||François Astorg|
|66.94 km2 (25.85 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||396–1,153 m (1,299–3,783 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Switching from the counts of Geneva's dwelling in the 13th century, to the counts of Savoy's in the 14th century, the city became Savoy's capital in 1434 during the Genevois-Nemours prerogative until 1659. Its role increased in 1536, during the Calvinist Reformation in Geneva, while the bishop took refuge in Annecy. Saint Francis de Sales gave Annecy its advanced Catholic citadel role known as Counter-Reformation. The annexation of Savoy merged the city to France in 1860. Sometimes called "Venice of the Alps", this idyllic and touristic representation comes from the three canals and the Thiou river lying through the old city and whose initial role was to protect the city and to empower its handicrafts. The city experienced an industrial development in the 19th century with silk manufacturing. Some of its industrial legacy remains today with the headquarters of NTN-SNR bearings, Salomon, Entremont and Dassault Aviation.
From the end of the 19th century, Annecy developed tourism around its lake summer facilities, winter resorts proximity and cultural attraction with its castle renovation and fine art museum opening in 1956 and the Animated Film Festival since 1960, hosted in Bonlieu's cultural centre. The municipal environmental policy managed to keep 40.3% of green spaces and the city and was awarded the "Golden Flower" in 2015, given to the nine most-flowered French cities. Its educational area is growing since the University of Savoy establishment in 1973.
Le vieil Annecy ("Old Annecy"), (not to be confused with Annecy-le-Vieux, another border town), was a settlement from the time of the Romans. Annecy was the court of the counts of Geneva or Genevois from the 10th century. It passed to the counts of Savoy in 1401. In 1444, it became the regional capital of the provinces of Genevois, Faucigny and Beaufortain.
With the advance of Calvinism, Annecy became a centre for the Counter-Reformation, the old Bishopric of Geneva being transferred to it in 1535. Francis of Sales was born in Sales, France in 1567 and served as bishop of Annecy from 1602 to 1622; his relics are preserved in the cathedral. During the French Revolution, the Savoy region was conquered by France. Annecy became attached to the department of Mont Blanc, whose capital was Chambéry. The Catholic diocese was suppressed in 1801.
After the Bourbon Restoration in 1815, Annecy was returned to the King of Sardinia and the Catholic diocese restored in 1822. When Savoy was annexed to France in 1860 with the Treaty of Turin, it became the capital of the new department of Haute-Savoie. Annecy was the site of the second round of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) talks in 1949. In 2012, a multiple murder occurred in the Annecy area.
Since 2017, Annecy has consisted of six delegate cities: Annecy; Annecy-le-Vieux; Cran-Gevrier; Meythet; Pringy; and Seynod. Local government consists of a city council with 202 members. The number of members in each commune delegate depends upon its population. The Mayor is Jean-Luc Rigaut (UDI) since 2007.
Annecy has an oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb) in spite of its relatively far inland position. Influenced by its elevation, summers are rather moderate on average, although they can be highly variable with extreme heat spikes. Winters see occasional freezing temperatures, but most often stays in the single-digits during daytime with frequent cold rain. Air frosts are normal during the night and snowfall is not uncommon.
|Climate data for Annecy, Haute-Savoie - Alt : 458m|
|Record high °C (°F)||16.4
|Average high °C (°F)||5.4
|Daily mean °C (°F)||1.9
|Average low °C (°F)||−1.6
|Record low °C (°F)||−23.0
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||91.2
|Average precipitation days||11||9||10||10||12||9||10||10||9||11||12||11||124|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||93||117||172||196||224||262||277||242||192||138||83||70||2,066|
|Source: Météo France - Period 1981-2010 - Temperatures extremes 1970-2015.|
Annecy has hosted the Annecy International Animated Film Festival since 1960 and the Rencontres Internationales d'Annecy Cinéma & Architecture since 1999.
On 23 July 2009, Annecy played host to Stage 18 of the Tour de France, as the start/finish point for an individual time trial around Lake Annecy. It was also the start town for stage 10 of the 2018 Tour de France on 17 July 2018.
Annecy launched a bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games but lost to Pyeongchang. If they had been chosen, Annecy would have been the fourth French city to host the Winter Olympic Games, after Chamonix (1924), Grenoble (1968), and Albertville (1992).
Ligue 1 former team Évian Thonon Gaillard F.C. played their home matches in Annecy. The club was founded in 2007, they grew up to reach Ligue 1, and stayed for three years in the division, thanks to their emblematic trainer Pascal Dupraz.
The Annecy basin is one of the world's leading locations for the sport of paragliding, an activity of some economic importance to the region. The area regularly hosts major competitions, most recently a leg of the Paragliding World Cup in 2012. Due to its proximity with the lake and the mountains, Annecy is also popular for watersports (sailing, rowing, wakeboarding, water skiing) and wintersports (alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing). Le Semnoz, a relatively small ski resort is 35 minutes away from Annecy. Other bigger ski resorts, La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, are only 40 minutes away. Annecy is also very popular among trail runners and many races are organized year round, such as the World Trail Running Championships in 2015.
- The Palais de l'Isle is a 12th-century castle on an island in the river Thiou in Annecy's administrative headquarters. It mostly served as a prison and courthouse until the French Revolution. It again was a prison during World War II. The Palais de l'Ile was classified as a Historical Monument in 1900, and today houses a local history museum.
- The Château d'Annecy (Annecy Castle) was the home of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours, an offshoot
Population Over Time
- 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 École Polytechnique d'Ingenieurs: Polytech'Savoie.
In the 19th century, the primary manufactures were linen and cotton goods, glass, cutlery, earthenware, and leather. The area also carried on linen bleaching and iron mining. By the First World War, it was connected by rail to Aix-les-Bains and there were factories for linen and cotton goods, felt hats, and paper, as well as a "celebrated" bell foundry at Annecy-le-Vieux.
Companies located in and around Annecy include:
The Gare d'Annecy railway station offers connections with Lyon, Geneva, Paris, Grenoble and several regional destinations.
Annecy – Haute-Savoie – Mont Blanc Airport currently used for private air transport only.
Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit
Annecy is twinned with:
- Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany
- Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
- Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
- Sainte-Thérèse, Québec, Canada
- Vicenza, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
- Nerima, Japan
Together with other Alpine towns Annecy engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Annecy is also Alpine Town of the Year 2012.
Restaurants along the Thiou river
- François de Sales (1567-1622), bishop of Geneva / Annecy and Saint of the Catholic Church
- Cécile Vogt (1875-1962), brain researcher
- Louis Lachenal (1921-1955), alpinist
- Bernard Collomb (1930-2011), racing driver
- André Dussollier (born 1946), actor
- Vincent Vittoz (born 1975), cross-country skier
- Guillaume Perret (born 1980), jazz musician and composer
- Johan Clarey (born 1981), alpine skier
- Thomas Fanara (born 1981), alpine skier
- David Poisson (born 1982), alpine skier
- Steve Missillier (born 1984), alpine skier
- Christophe Lemaitre (born 1990), athlete (sprinter)
- Axelle Mollaret (born 1992), ski mountaineer
- Emmanuel Leducq-Barôme (born 1971), conductor
People with relationship to the cityEdit
- Claude Favre de Vaugelas (1585-1650), French man of letters, philologist and grammarian, devoted himself in Annecy studies of humanity at the Académie floristic montane
- Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641), Holy of the Catholic Church, founded in Annecy the Order of Salesian Sisters
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), writer and philosopher, spent some time in Annecy
- Claude Louis Berthollet (1748-1822), physician and chemist, began in 1760 at the local university with his medical studies
- Eugène Sue (1804-1857), French writer, spent his last years in exile in Annecy and died there
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- Record participation for 2015 IAU Trail World Championships| News | iaaf.org
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Annecy.|
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Annecy.|
- Annecy town website (in French and English)
- Annecy photo blog (in French)
- Annecy photos guide (in French)
- The former mayor of Annecy Bernard Bosson (in French)
- Official web site of the Association Annecy Traditions, organizer (in English)
- The International Animated Film Festival
- Festival du film italien d'Annecy
- Annecy City (in English and French)
- Lake Annecy tourism Official website
- Annecy Tourist guide (in French)
- Association of the Friends of the Old Annecy (in French)