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The Region

Haute-Savoie is in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It has borders with Ain and Savoie, as well as the cantons of Geneva, Vaud and Valais in Switzerland and the Aosta Valley in Italy. Part of the border with Switzerland is embodied by Lake Geneva, and all the canton of Vaud.

In Haute-Savoie can be found part of the Mont Blanc range, along the French-Italian border, western Europe’s highest point, at 4,809 m.

Haute-Savoie welcomes visitors in summer and winter with its lakes (Lake Annecy and Lake Geneva), mountains, such as Mont-Blanc, ski resorts and international events all the year round.

Whether you are here on holiday, for a business trip or you live here, you can find plenty of useful information about Haute-Savoie in the tourist office guide, including accommodation, leisure activities and night-life, special events, cultural, natural or historical sites, as well as all the best restaurants, shops and services!

Annecy, the Venice of Savoie

Visit the city of Annecy and the neighbouring villages, with rich animal and plant life, Lake Annecy and the mountains. The city opens its door wide and invites visitors to enjoy a magnificent natural environment!

The lake with blue-green waters and the canals running through the city have earned the town the nickname the “Venice of the Alps”. Annecy is world famous for its tourist attractions, the quality of life and the surrounding mountains. But it has still preserved all its charm and authenticity for the enjoyment of holidaymakers.

They city has strong links with the water, which is a natural rampart, a natural resource and a working tool, and the town’s urban layout has been shaped by it. The old town with its traboules (passageways), hidden passages and higgledy-piggledy houses are all characteristic features. Even today, you can still see the medieval lanes that separated the old town from the rest of the urban area.

For more information: http://www.savoie-mont-blanc.com/Decouvrir/Explorer/A-visiter/Les-incontournables