Palais de l'Ile is a recognizable feature of the Thiou canal that splits the water with its sharp corner and forces it apart. When you see the stalwart, gray stone it will come as no surprise that this building has been standing since 1132. It began as the residence of the Lord of Annecy, then an administrative headquarters, courthouse, a mint, and a jail until 1865 and again World War II. Nowadays, you don’t need to be arrested to visit the interior of the castle, just buy a ticket to the history museum located inside and wander through the halls and rooms that once housed both nobility and criminals. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Annecy holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Palais de l'Ile and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Palais de l'Ile Reviews
Do note that the bridge right in front of Palais de l’lle is under construction from 2 sep to 8 nov 2019. Otherwise, still a nice sight and you’re still able to take a few nice photos from the sidewal... more »
Ne vous attendez pas à y découvrir beaucoup de choses. Ancienne prison, ancien palais de justice, ancien .... ce lieu permet de découvrir les geôles et une expo permanente sur les industries qui ont f... more »Don't expect to find out much about it. Former prison, former courthouse, former .... this place allows you to discover the jails and a permanent exhibition on the industries that made Annecy famous. She alone is to be discovered. Visited during heritage days, I do not know the price of admission.
An interesting point to check out as it is located at the centre of the old town with lots of restaurants and shops. A nice spot to take some photos in a sunny day. We kept walking back to the same place a the old town is not so big but full of surprises if you pay some attentions to the buildings. I guess this is the main point of interest of the old town.
Basic attraction of the city. Night or day it creates a unique effect with reflections of lights and beautiful buildings. Selfie spot but also an historic place for those who look for more. Opens the door for an easy walk among little shops, old homes, small streets and restaurants.
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