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Island Palace (Palais de l'Ile) Tours and Activities

Island Palace (Palais de l'Ile)
Welcoming visitors to Annecy’s Old Town, the 12th-century Island Palace (Palais de l’Île) sits right in the middle of Canal du Thiou on a prow-shaped islet between colorful canal-side streets. Over the years, the landmark building has served as a courthouse, mint, prison, military barrack, and ducal residence.

The Basics
Annecy’s atmospheric Old Town (La Vieille Ville) is best explored on a walking tour, combining a visit to the Island Palace with other Annecy attractions such as the Château d’Annecy, Pont des Amours, and Annecy Cathedral. The historic landmark can also be admired on a cruise around Lake Annecy (Lac d’Annecy), visited on a half-day tour from nearby Geneva, or seen on a full-day excursion including a sightseeing tour of Geneva and an optional Geneva Lake cruise.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The palace is a must-visit for anyone interested in history or architecture.
  • Combination tickets are available for the Palais de l’Île and Château d’Annecy.
  • This destination is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Some cobblestone streets may be uneven; wear comfortable shoes and watch your step.

How to Get There
The palace is located along the Passage de l'Île in the center of Annecy’s pedestrianized Old Town. It can be reached on foot from anywhere in the city center. Although public transit does not run through the area, there is a parking lot at 10 Place Georges Volland from where it’s a short walk to the palace.

When to Get There
The palace is open year-round, although entry times vary seasonally and it is closed on Tuesdays. The narrow streets of Old Town can get busy in July and August, so the best photo opportunities are in the early morning or in the evening after the day-trippers have left. 

A Tour of the Island Palace
As well as being Annecy’s most photographed landmark, the Island Palace serves as a museum with permanent exhibits on the history and architecture of the region, as well as a rotating display of local art. Other areas of the historic landmark that are open to the public include the Banches and Coin Mint wings, and the Tower Lodge.
Address: Passage de l’Île, Annecy, Rhône-Alpes 74000, France
Hours: Daily
Admission: Adult: €3,80; Child: €2
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ANNECY | Private Walking Tour of Annecy's Historical Center

ANNECY | Private Walking Tour of Annecy's Historical Center

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Visit one of the cutest cities of the Rhône-Alpes region of France: Annecy. It's situated in the Alps, so if you love skiing this is the place for you. Today, you can enjoy a private walking tour of Annecy with a private guide who will take you to all the spots that interest you most! Also known as the "Second Venice," Annecy has plenty of beauty in store. See the Palais de l'Isle, which was a prison in the 12th century, and for something completely different, move on to cross the bridge of lovers. Another must-see is the gleaming lake of Annecy, inarguably a city highlight. Before you end your day in Annecy, you are also recommended to visit the Old Town, a lovely area full of quaint cafés to keep visitors well-fueled and busy. If there is any place in particular you would like to go but it is not mentioned in the tour description, just ask your guide and he or she will be happy to take you wherever you want to go.
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  • 2 hours
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A Day around Lake Annecy - Scenic Drive with must see and small walks

A Day around Lake Annecy - Scenic Drive with must see and small walks

Unique Tour with a Local Photographer Don't loose time with organisation Quality Photos Souvenir
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Gourmet Guided Tour in Annecy

Gourmet Guided Tour in Annecy

A guided tour that combines heritage with a visit to the old town of Annecy, and gluttony! Indeed, 2 stops with tastings (chocolates, pastries, cheeses and wines) at renowned artisans are planned. Departure is guaranteed from 2 people, and the total number of participants cannot exceed 8 people in total. The tour is not available on Sunday and Wednesday. The indicated rate is valid for up to 4 people. Of course the health rules in the context of the Covid are respected.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Annecy with official tour guide

Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Annecy with official tour guide

Enjoy this private 2 hour walking tour of Annecy. Get to know the best sites of this beautiful location. Have our private official tour guide guide you on this unique experience. We will arrange a meeting point with your private guide to start this private walking tour of Annecy. Amongst others, here are some sites that you will enjoy: Lac d’Annecy Vieille Ville Jardins de l’Europe Pont des Amours Palais de l’Île Cathedral and Basilica Chateau d’Annecy Much more! At the end of the tour, your private official tour guide will drop you off in a central place in Annecy.
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  • 2 hours
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What are Island Palace (Palais de l'Ile) hours of operation?
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Island Palace (Palais de l'Ile) hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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