Walk the cobblestone streets of Old Town Annecy, France, down to Lake Annecy to enjoy the magnificent view over the mountains and take a dip in the clear waters of the Lake. Known as “The Venice Of The Alps”, the canals roam the small streets of Annecy – making this a pedestrian-friendly location that is easy to get around by foot. Plus Airbnb Annecy has some cosy gems perfect for resting easy after all the walking in one of France’s most beautiful towns.
Craving a picturesque breakaway? Or maybe you want to check out the International Film Festival for Animation? Let’s get settled in. We have visited the 7 coolest Airbnb’s scattered around this small, yet magical, town. If it’s your goal to visit beautiful locations, Annecy should definitely make it to the top of your list. To get $30 off your first stay, sign up with me Airbnb link.
Airbnb Annecy: Top Places To Stay
Old Town Annecy
Are you here for the romance and the old-world charm? Escape reality and make sure to stay in this medieval, historic part of town. With its pastel-coloured houses and cobblestone streets, you will feel like you are stepping into a different era.
Have a splendid afternoon sitting outside on a terrace, at one of the many cafes, with the Thiou river that runs through the beautiful canals of the Old Town.
Market days are very important in Annecy. On Tuesday’s there are two French food markets taking place simultaneously, in the district of Old Town and Romains. On Saturdays, markets are scattered all over Annecy; selling a variety of food, fashion, arts, and crafts. Markets are open from 7am to 1pm every Saturday of the month.
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Visit the two castles to get your daily dose of culture. Palais de I’lle was built in the 12th century, and the palace also functioned as a prison. Nowadays, it functions as a museum and hosts exhibits about local architecture and history. It is the most photographed destination in Annecy.
Stroll by Annecy Castle, once a residence of the Counts of Geneva. If art excites you, Annecy Castle houses the Museum of Modern Art. The terrace offers spectacular views over the city and lake. Need more inspiration? Read this to find out why Annecy is a real life fairytale town.
Check out our top Airbnbs in the historic center of town:
Charming Cottage In The Historical Heart of Annecy
Our absolute favourite pick! This cosy home in the historical heart of Annecy offers an exceptional postcard view of the canals of the historic center with architecture dating back to the 18th Century.
Design elements were carefully incorporated to ensure that the interior harmonizes well with the surrounding medieval architecture and magnificent mountain views.
The colour pallet of this apartment complements the natural surroundings and makes use of a lot of wooden elements, earth tone colours, and modern industrial finishes.
You will have the entire apartment to yourself. This 4-sleeper house offers two double beds and a modern bathroom with a big shower.
The open plan kitchen and living area connects to the balcony overlooking the canals of the Old Town.
This is the perfect space to relax with friends or family while preparing a delicious meal in the spacious kitchen. This one had us at cooking with a view.
Price: €145 per night
Airbnb Annecy, France: Au Grey d’Annecy
This charming studio, dating back to 1750, is located in the historic center of Old Town Annecy. This is the perfect location for couples who want to be located in the most romantic part of town.
Decorated in cool and crisp tones, this studio apartment is the perfect mix of style and comfort, with the typical French flair. It includes a double bed in the sleeping area that is combined with a sophisticated small living room space.
There is a small functional kitchen to brew your morning coffee and a full bathroom, where you can soak in the bathtub after a long day exploring in and around town.
This apartment is only a stone’s throw away from Annecy’s castles, Palace I’lle and Château d’Annecy. If you don’t feel like going sightseeing, take a five-minute stroll to the beautiful lake instead.
Price: € 59 per night
Alpine Cottage, Old Town
Located in everyone’s favourite part of town, this quirky cottage optimizes its space really well by creating little nooks and corners to break up the open-plan design.
This attractive apartment creates the illusion of space, while still keeping the cosy atmosphere. Yellow pops of colour, patterned rugs, and different textures contrast well with the cooler grey tones, providing a modern and luxurious look and feel.
This studio space has a fully-equipped kitchen where guests can prepare meals. It includes a sectioned-off sleeping space and an open-plan dining and living area. The small bathroom has a minimalist design, equipped with a shower.
Enjoy a nice stay at this cosy apartment located just 5 minutes away from the castles, the lake, and many restaurants and cafes.
Price: € 65 per night
City Center, Annecy
Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busier tourist areas? From the center of Annecy you can take a 10-12 minute walk to the lake to have lunch or visit the historic part of Old Town, Annecy.
Visit The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre to see the extraordinary organ; built by the French king’s organ builder. Nicolas-Antoine Lété built the organ between 1840 and 1842. This is a must-see for instrument enthusiasts.
There are a few churches in the center of town, but for the more laid-back traveler we will suggest swinging by Le Pâquier, a big lawn located in the center, next to the lake. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
Check out our top Airbnbs in the center of Annecy:
The Bock Studio
This recently renovated studio apartment with its red brick accent wall, white and navy blue colour scheme and industrial decorative elements make this the perfect budget-friendly location for travelers.
This studio space includes a double bed, a small living room and a dining room where you can enjoy a quick breakfast or cooked meal.
The modern bathroom with quirky patterned tiles is equipped with a shower and beautiful finishes.
Staying longer than two nights? You’re in for a treat. Breakfast will be served the morning after your first evening in this picturesque location.
Bonus points! Active travelers, this apartment offers a bike room where you can store your bicycle.
Price: € 39 per night
Airbnb Annecy: Central Apartment With Secure Parking
This beautiful apartment, on the second story, is located only minutes away from the historic center of town.
This stunning apartment sleeps four people. Two guests will share a bedroom, and a convertible sofa bed is available for another two guests. Enjoy the functional kitchen, cute balcony, and modern bathroom with its big shower.
This is the perfect space for people who want a home away from home. The cute outside balcony is perfect for having a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, as the sun sets over the mountains.
Price: € 75 per night
Lake Annecy, Annecy Airbnb
The lake is visible from Annecy, but if you are an active traveler we would recommend renting bicycles and staying at an Airbnb located just outside of town.
Ease into the holiday feel and start your relaxing holiday with breathtaking views over Lake Annecy. Stay in Sévrier, a suburb of Annecy, and enjoy beautiful views of the lake and mountains only 5 km from the center of town.
Let’s take a look at the eclectic Airbnb’s in Sévrier:
Sévrier: A Nice Chalet On Annecy Lake
Looking for a more secluded, lakeside cabin? Well, we found the perfect spot. This chalet with wooden decor has a real mountain house feel to it. Enjoy the spectacular views of the lake and mountains from your own private garden.
This chalet sleeps four people. There is one bedroom with a double bed as well as a double loft bed which is located in the common area.
The chalet has a fully functional kitchen with open shelves and a quirky selection of crockery on display.
Bonus points! The chalet has a private garden with a terrace and wood-burning stove – perfect for those icy European winters.
Price: € 95 per night
New Apartment: With Terrace And View Over Annecy Lake
Perfect for family or friends this is a spacious apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open entertainment and lounge area.
The spacious living and dining area provides guests with a fully fitted kitchen for preparing delicious meals. The small outside balcony is perfect for having a drink or enjoying a BBQ with friends.
Guests can also enjoy extras like a washing machine, dryer, and air-conditioned rooms – perfect for the summer months. Enjoy this beautiful spacious home with the tranquil surroundings of Lake Annecy and the French Northern Alps.
Bonus points! Perfect to crawl up on the couch, read a book and breathe in the magnificent mountain views.
Price: € 90 per night
The town of Annecy lies nestled between a crystal clear lake surrounded by mountains. Make sure to add this charming little French town to your top holiday destinations. Rest assured, this will be the perfect place for pure relaxation, a quick romantic escape or a refreshing retreat.
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