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Prefecture and commune
Panoramic sight of Annecy and Lake Annecy.
Panoramic sight of Annecy and Lake Annecy.
Flag of Annecy
Coat of arms of Annecy
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Annecy-1, Annecy-2, Annecy-le-Vieux and Seynod
Intercommunality CA Grand Annecy
Area1 66.94 km2 (25.85 sq mi)
Population (2014) 124,401
 • Density 1,858.40/km2 (4,813.2/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Annécien/Annécienne
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 74010 /74000
Dialling codes 0450
Elevation 396–1,153 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.

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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