Palais de l'Ile, Annecy

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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.
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  • The visiting card of the old town of Annecy, beautiful, special and distinctive. Hope to visit again soon.
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  • A weekend for two to enjoy French cuisine and enjoy the beautiful view of the Lake. The Centre of Annecy is packed with all kinds of shops and restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes
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  • Beautiful building to take several pictures. I couldn't go in and visit, but it is worth contemplating.
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  • Very nice attraction, very cheap entry and full of information about the building and it's role over the years. As we entered we were greeted by a English speaking guide who explained lots of the history of the building, very knowledgeable + helpful.
  • So wonderful here. We were greeted by a very nice English speaking lady which explained the building and how many floors etc. Wish we could go on the front but it was closed.
  • Picture postcard perfect. The iconic view of Annecy. Undergoing some renovation July 2017 but open again for tours now. Has had a varied history both as jail and local Mint and must see as part of your exploration of the town.
  • Newly restored, not expensive to visit and worth the price. One can see in what conditions prisoners were kept in medieval ages and onwards.
  • It was interesting to know about the history of the structure, but just the underground collection was absorbing cause it explained about the history with the real objects, but the other parts of the museum was just representing some small photos and it was more explanation rather than putting the visitors in the real sense of the history.

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