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Autumn in France marks the end of the long summer break and the beginning of a season of transition to winter. It is a wonderful time to explore our beautiful country, from its historic cities to its beautiful countryside, to the remote valleys of the Alps. This Autumn in Annecy article is part of a series in which I wanted to show you my favourite places in the eastern side of France. I promise you lots of bright colours, from red to yellow to orange! 🍁 🍂🍃


My articles on autumn in France

Discover my series of articles "Autumn colours" on my French blogs:

Have a nice autumn / Bel automne à tous! 🍁🍃🍂


Discovering autumn in Annecy

From the start, let's describe Annecy as a tourist town that is particularly busy in the summer and during the sunny weekends in spring.

From mid-September onwards, most of the tourists will have left, leaving the town and its lake in a quieter atmosphere.

The residents will then have plenty of time to rediscover their territory - an incredible playground between lake and mountain, in one of the most beautiful sites in France!

If an Indian summer sets in during the month of October, the whole landscape takes on flamboyant colours.

Camera in hand, it's time to take some unforgettable shots! 📸

Année 2020 - Lac d'Annecy © French Moments

Autumn in Annecy © French Moments

The historic centre of Old Annecy

The old town is built around the canals of the Venice of the Alps.

Venise des Alpes, Annecy © French Moments

Annecy, the Venice of the Alps © French Moments

Visiter Annecy : La vue du pont de la Halle © French Moments

Autumn in Annecy: la Venise des Alpes © French Moments

La Venise des Alpes - Annecy © French Moments

The Venice of the Alps - Annecy © French Moments

La Venise des Alpes - Annecy © French Moments

The Venice of the Alps - Annecy © French Moments

Visiter Annecy : la Porte Sainte-Claire © French Moments

Porte Sainte-Claire © French Moments

Annecy, le Thiou © French Moments

Autumn in Annecy: the banks of the Thiou still in bloom © French Moments

One of the most photogenic places is certainly the Vassé canal with the Pont des Amours in the background. A very romantic setting.

Automne à Annecy : Canal de Vassé © French Moments

Autumn in Annecy: the Canal de Vassé © French Moments

Le canal de Vassé - automne à Annecy © French Moments

The Vassé Canal - Autumn in Annecy © French Moments

Stroll through the Jardins de l'Europe. In October and early November, they are still in bloom.

Automne à Annecy © French Moments

The Jardins de l'Europe in autumn © French Moments

Lac d'Annecy © French Moments

Lake Annecy on a beautiful day in October © French Moments

The shore of Lake Annecy in autumn

It is on the shores of Lake Annecy that the autumn colours are at their most beautiful. They offer the amateur photographer absolutely superb shots.

L'automne au lac d'Annecy © French Moments

Autumn in Lake Annecy © French Moments

Walk along the lakefront to the Jardins de l'Impérial. You will have beautiful autumn views of Annecy: the Hôtel Impérial Palace, the castle and the lake.

Automne à Annecy © French Moments

On the shore of Lake Annecy in autumn © French Moments

Automne à Annecy © French Moments

Autumn in Annecy: a walk near the Imperial © French Moments

Automne à Annecy © French Moments

Indian summer in Annecy in the gardens of the Imperial© French Moments

Année 2020 - Annecy © French Moments

Romantic atmosphere in Annecy © French Moments

Année 2020 - Lac d'Annecy © French Moments

On the shores of Lake Annecy © French Moments

Année 2020 - Lac d'Annecy © French Moments

Castle of Annecy © French Moments

Année 2020 - Annecy © French Moments

The flamboyant colours of autumn in Annecy! © French Moments

Autumn events in Annecy

A short diversions to the Sunday morning market is a must. It covers a large part of the old town.

Les étals du Marché à Annecy © French Moments

Market stalls during autumn in Annecy © French Moments

Saucissons de Savoie - Marché à Annecy © French Moments

Saucissons de Savoie © French Moments

Maraîcher - marché à Annecy © French Moments

Maraîcher © French Moments

The delicious cheeses from the Savoie province invite you to taste them:

Fromages de Savoie - marché à Annecy © French Moments

Fromages de Savoie © French Moments

Then, at the beginning of October, it is the great event of the Retour des Alpages (return from the alpine pastures) with its procession of animals and traditional farmers in the streets of Old Annecy.

Retour des Alpages à Annecy © French Moments

The sheep transhumance in Annecy © French Moments

Retour des Alpages à Annecy © French Moments

The beautiful costumes of the parade participants © French Moments

Retour des Alpages à Annecy © French Moments

The Queen of the parade! © French Moments

Retour des Alpages à Annecy © French Moments

The autumn harvest in Annecy © French Moments

Around Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy is the backdrop to the magnificent landscapes of Haute-Savoie. A little snow often sprinkles the highest peaks of the Annecy mountains, adding to the character of the grandiose setting.

Automne à Annecy © French Moments

Cruise on Lake Annecy in autumn © French Moments

On the lake's waters

A good tip: if this is your first visit to the area, take a cruise. You will enjoy views of the beautiful villages on the lake: Sévrier, Saint-Jorioz, Duingt, Talloires, Menthon and Veyrier.

Automne à Annecy © French Moments

An autumn cruise on Lake Annecy © French Moments

Automne à Annecy © French Moments

The Imperial Palace seen from the lake © French Moments

Sévrier en automne © French Moments

The village of Sevrier in autumn © French Moments

Le village de Menthon-Saint-Bernard et son château © French Moments

The village of Menthon-Saint-Bernard and its castle © French Moments

Automne à Annecy © French Moments

Autumn in Annecy - lake cruise © French Moments

Autour du Lac d'Annecy - Le village de Talloires © French Moments

The village of Talloires from the lake © French Moments

Duingt en automne © French Moments

The church of Duingt © French Moments

Autumn paints a superb picture of the Château de Duingt, which Cézanne also painted.

Duingt en automne © French Moments

The castle of Duingt in autumn © French Moments

Duingt en automne © French Moments

View of the castle of Duingt from the boat © French Moments

Duingt en automne © French Moments

Close-up of the castle of Duingt© French Moments

If you take the car, I advise you to drive around the lake to explore the six villages and their hamlets.

Vue autour du lac d'Annecy depuis le Belvédère © French Moments

View around Lake Annecy from the Belvedere © French Moments

The castle of Menthon

In Menthon-Saint-Bernard, stop at the famous Château de Menthon, which is said to have welcomed Walt Disney...

Le château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard en automne © French Moments

The castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard in autumn © French Moments

If you want to see the castle from a distance, you have to go to Bluffy.

Année 2020 - Château de Menthon © French Moments

Autumn walk around the castle of Menthon © French Moments

Roc de Chère

Between Menthon-Saint-Bernard and Talloires, take the time to go for a walk on the Roc de Chère. This nature reserve offers a magnificent view of the "Petit Lac" and the bay of Talloires.

Belvédère du Roc de Chère © French Moments

The Roc de Chère lookout © French Moments

In the forest, you will meet some nice people, especially if you like mushrooms (be careful, this one is poisonous!):

Champignon (vénéneux !) au roc de Chère © French Moments

(Poisonous!) mushroom at the Chère rock © French Moments

The castle of Menthon can again be seen emerging above the forest:

Château de Menthon © French Moments

The view from the castle of Menthon from the Roc de Chère © French Moments

Chemin dans la forêt du roc de Chère © French Moments

Approaching the golf course© French Moments

Talloires

Talloires is an essential stop on the way to the lake. With its Michelin-starred restaurants and its romantic view of the lake and the Duingt promontory, the village can be discovered along the small sun-drenched streets.

Talloires en automne © French Moments

The village of Talloires in autumn © French Moments

Bout-du-Lac

Le Bout-du-Lac is a locality belonging to the commune of Doussard which, as its name suggests, is situated at the end of Lake Annecy. It is a nature reserve criss-crossed by paths, some of which lead to beautiful views of the lake.

Autour du lac d'Annecy - Bout du Lac © French Moments

Le Bout du Lac © French Moments

En traversant les roselières du Bout du Lac © French Moments

Crossing the reed beds at Bout du Lac © French Moments

Duingt

Duingt is best known for its romantic lakeside castle. However, you should discover the old Savoyard village and climb to the belvedere of Notre-Dame-du-Lac, with a breathtaking view over Lake Annecy.

Duingt en automne © French Moments

Château de Ruphy in Duingt © French Moments

Duingt en automne © French Moments

An other view of the château de Ruphy in Duingt © French Moments

Autour du lac d'Annecy - Le centre du village de Duingt © French Moments

The village centre of Duingt © French Moments

Duingt © French Moments

The view to the castle from the belvedere of Notre-Dame-du-Lac © French Moments

Stay during the autumn in Annecy

Looking for accommodation for an autumn break in Annecy? Click here for a list of hotels or browse the map below:

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Find out more about Annecy

Semnoz Automne à Annecy © French Moments

The forest of Crêt du Maure © French Moments

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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