Eurostar: The ridiculously beautiful town in France called “the Venice of the Alps” with “some of the best cheeses in the country”

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Many British holidaymakers have heard of French cities like Lyon, but this lakeside town is perhaps one of the most underrated in the country.

Annecy is only 7 hours by train from London and is known to be the “Venice of the Alps” in France.

Nestled in the south-east of France, this metropolis has a magnificent history and offers a wide variety of attractions for budding tourists.

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The city has one of the most beautiful natural lakes in Europe

Annecy is perhaps most famous for being home to Lake Annecy, which has been dubbed “Europe’s cleanest lake”.

This body of water with crystal clear waters is the second largest natural lake in France and was even painted by the impressionist artist Paul Cézanne.

The lake isn’t just admired, as many vacationers and locals enjoy great water sports such as paddleboarding and yacht charter on the water.

Annecy has a wealth of historic attractions and hot spots which are some of the most photographed places in France.

If you venture into the old town, the Palace of the Island has been largely preserved and preserved since the 12th century.



Annecy was also the permanent residence of the Counts of Geneva in the 12th century

Formerly a prison, courthouse and stately home; the palace is now a local history museum.

Annecy was also the permanent residence of the Counts of Geneva in the 12th century, which is reflected in the city’s large Catholic churches.

Moving away from history, Annecy also has an excellent gastronomic scene.



This attractive city has around 170,000 inhabitants.

As you walk around the city, you will quickly understand how Annecy is a cheese lover’s paradise.

The winding cobblestone streets are lined with some of the best cheese and deli shops in the country.

Dishes like Savoyard fondue, raclette, crozets and diots should be on your to-do list and can be found in the old town market or in many tourist restaurants.

If you want to go to a cheese factory, Fromagerie Pierre Gay should be on your radar.

Well known locally, Pierre Gay won the prize for the most prestigious artisans in France in 2011.

If you’re looking for pastries, Boulangerie Rouge serves some of the best buns in town.

A guest said: “Superb pastry in the heart of the old town of Annecy. Make sure to stop by here for some goodies. The raspberry pie is to die for. I really recommend it.

A second 5 * TripAdvisor review said, “Wow what can I say, just about the best desserts I have ever had and all at great prices. They have a great display of pastries, as well as breads, cakes and other items. “

A third vacationer said: “Beautiful place, amazing display of all the items for sale and also all the food / cakes you can buy! Amazing!”

A town rich in history, a strong gastronomic culture and an exceptional natural lake make Annecy the ideal holiday destination.

How to get there

Train: take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Nord (2h16) before changing from Gare de Nord to Paris Gare de Lyon and Annecy (3h42)

Car: from London take the Eurotunnel to Calais then straight on to Annecy (9 hours).

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