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River Thiou through Old Town with Alps in background.
Coat of arms of Annecy
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Intercommunality Annecy
Mayor Jean-Luc Rigaut (NC)
(since 2007)
Elevation 418–926 m (1,371–3,038 ft)
(avg. 448 m or 1,470 ft*)
Land area1 13.75 km2 (5.31 sq mi)
Population2 50,943  (2012)
 - Density 3,705/km2 (9,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (GMT +1)
INSEE/Postal code 74010/ 74000
Dialling code 0450
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 45°54′58″N 6°07′59″E / 45.916°N 6.133°E / 45.916; 6.133

Annecy is a commune. It is the prefecture of the Haute-Savoie department.

It is on the northern tip of Lake Annecy. It is 35 kilometres south of Geneva.

It is often known as « la Venise des Alpes » or « the Venice of the Alps ».

Annecy has hosted the Annecy International Animated Film Festival since 1960.

Annecy bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games but lost to Pyeongchang.

Sister cities

Annecy is a twin town with:

  • United Kingdom Cheltenham, United Kingdom, since 1956
  • Germany Bayreuth, Germany, since 1966
  • Italy Vicenza, Italy, since 1995
  • Canada Sainte-Thérèse, Canada, since 1987
  • Slovakia Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia, since 2003
  • Côte d'Ivoire Sassandra, Côte d'Ivoire

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