cover image

Annecy

Prefecture of France / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dear Wikiwand AI, let's keep it short by simply answering these key questions:

Can you list the top facts and stats about Annecy?

Summarize this article for a 10 year old

SHOW ALL QUESTIONS

Annecy (US: /ˌænəˈs, ɑːnˈs/ AN-ə-SEE, ahn-SEE,[3][4] French: [ansi] ; Arpitan: Èneci or Ènneci) is the prefecture and largest town 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 the French Alps" in Raoul Blanchard's monograph describing its location between lake and mountains, the town 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 stable, around 50,000 inhabitants, since 1950. However, the 2017 merger with several ex-communes extended the population of the city to 128,199 inhabitants and that of the urban area to 177,622,[5] placing Annecy seventh in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Quick facts: Annecy È(n)neci (Arpitan), Country, ...
Annecy
È(n)neci (Arpitan)
Lac_d%27Annecy.jpg
Pr%C3%A9fecture_de_Haute-Savoie_%28Annecy%29_%28cropped%29.JPG
Annecy%2C_France_%2837635411615%29.jpg
Annecy_%2816424794220%29.jpg
Clockwise from top: Lake Annecy seen from the Pont des Amours, Château d'Annecy, Passage de l'Île, Haute-Savoie prefecture building
Flag of Annecy
Coat of arms of Annecy
Location of Annecy
osm-intl,10,a,a,270x200.png
Annecy is located in France
Annecy
Annecy
Annecy is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Annecy
Annecy
Coordinates: 45°54′58″N 6°07′59″E
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentHaute-Savoie
ArrondissementAnnecy
CantonAnnecy-1, 2, Annecy-3 and 4
IntercommunalityCA Grand Annecy
Government
  Mayor (20202026) François Astorg[1]
Area
1
66.94 km2 (25.85 sq mi)
  Urban
227.0 km2 (87.6 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[2]
131,715
  Density2,000/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
  Urban
 (2018)
177,622
  Urban density780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Annécien (masculine)
Annécienne (feminine)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
74010 /74000
Dialling codes0450
Elevation396–1,153 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.
Close

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.[citation needed] 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",[citation needed] this idyllic and touristic representation comes from the three canals and the Thiou river, which passes through the old city. The city experienced an industrial development in the 19th century with silk manufacturing.[citation needed] 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 1963, hosted in Bonlieu's cultural centre. The municipal environmental policy managed to keep 40.3% of green spaces,[citation needed] and the city was awarded the "Golden Flower" in 2015, given to the nine most-flowered French cities.

Oops something went wrong: