The Thiou canal, the natural outlet of Lake Annecy goes through the heart of the town.
It provides inspiration for many artists who love to come and set up their easels here and paint the Savoyard Venice.
The Palais de l’Isle remains the most typical monument in Annecy. Its triangular shape makes itlook like the bow of a ship anchored in the river.
In the 12th century it was the main residence of the Lord of Annecy and was used in turn a the town hall, a court, a mint and then a prison, before becoming an exhibition centre today.