Annecy, a peaceful tourist destination in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps, attracts countless visitors each year. There are many reasons for the popularity of this alpine resort.
Annecy is surrounded by picturesque countryside with mountains and forests, and, as well as this, the town has beautiful parks, among its outdoor attractions.
Parc Charles Bosson
Parc Charles Bosson is one of the main parks in Annecy, and it is close to the Imperial Palace, which is one of Annecy’s most popular luxury hotels. In this park, situated next to Lake Annecy, you can hire a boat, go for a paddle, take a leisurely stroll across the grassy lawns, or simply find a bench to sit on under the shade of the many old trees.
This park is great for children too, and there are ice-cream sellers. On a sunny day, Parc Charles Bosson is the perfect place to relax in Annecy.
Jardins de l’Europe
The Jardins de l’Europe (“Gardens of Europe”) is another lakeside green space in Annecy. This park was first constructed in 1863 and has built up an impressive collection of plants, including many beautiful trees, such as giant Californian redwoods.
These gardens can be reached by crossing the well-known Pont des Amours (“Bridge of Love”) that goes across the Canal du Vasse. This ironwork bridge is an excellent example of early 20th century architecture and one of Annecy’s most popular landmarks.
In 1863, a statue of Berthollet was erected on the east side of the Jardins de L’Europe, in honour of the famous French chemist Claude Louis Berthollet, who was born in 1748 in Talloires, a town close to Annecy.
Another of the main parks of Annecy is also to be found on the shores of Lake Annecy. Le Pâquier, the name of which name actually means “the pasture,” was originally a lot bigger and was once used as a field for cattle grazing. It offers some splendid views looking back towards the mountains or out over the lake.
Forests of Annecy
Annecy is surrounded by beautiful forests that partially cover the mountains outside the town. Roc de Chère overlooks the town of Talloires and Lake Annecy, and is covered in woodland that forms a nature reserve. Many species of fauna and flora can be found there, and naturalists will delight in being able to see deer, wild boar and squirrels. There are many hiking trails through these woods, and these footpaths provide you with an excellent way of really seeing this alpine countryside up close.
Besides the forests and parks of Annecy, you will find that the town provides a wonderful place to learn and practice French at our language school.