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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. Make Palais de l'Ile part of your personalized Annecy itinerary using our Annecy tourist route planner.
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  • Annecy is a charming town not far from the border. There are also many small towns in the area so you can visit more than one of them in a day especially if you are driving. ...........I came to Annec...  more »
  • Ancient fortress in the middle of the canal, in the heart of ancient town is a splendour for a romantic photo, it seems it was an ancient prison, with no windows, it is possible for a visit inside, if...  more »
  • Unfortunately you will not be able to see Palais de l'Ile since there is scafolding all around it. What a pity. As seen in the photo it looks like a construction site at the moment. I read that it won...  more »
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  • This is a super beautiful place but unfortunately the main picture spot that is shown is currently under construction. The best part of the area is walking around and getting lost in the different alleys and cafes. There were some amazing shops that you can get lost in.
  • Sitting on a triangular islet in the Canal de Thiou. 12th century turreted palace. It has been a lordly residence, courthouse, mint and prison over the centuries. Annecy's most visible landmark. Today it hosts local-history displays.
  • One of the most beautiful spots in Annecy, and IMO one of the most charming places in Europe. I am totally in love with Annecy and this Palais.
  • I would love to see it when its not being renovated - was entirely covered in scaffodling and plastic.
  • Great spot, especially if you're interested in medieval history.