Annecy is a charming town at the base of the French Alps. Sometimes called the “Venice of the Alps”, Annecy has a number of historic structures and activities for the traveler. One of the more unique structures in the old town of Annecy is the Palais de l’Île, which sits in the middle of the River Thiou. Built in the mid-twelfth century to control access to the river, and house prisoners, this small castle was later used as a mint in the fourteenth century. From the fourteenth century on, this castle was used for a number of things, including a prison through the Second World War. Following an extensive renovation, the Palais de l’Île now houses a museum featuring permanent exhibits about the history of the region, along with various traveling exhibits.
Directions/Hours of Operation: The Palais de l’Île is located at 3 Palais de l’Île Passage de l'Île, 74000 Annecy, France, and is in the middle of the old town of Annecy, directly in the middle of the River Thiou. From the Lake, or the D1508, it is a five minute walk along the river through the old town. As the structure is directly in the middle of the river, it is impossible to miss. The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 2:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., except for certain holidays. As of 2016, the museum charges 3.80 euro for adults, and two euros for children.
Tips: This is a great spot for photographs, and a great spot to venture out from to explore the canals of old Annecy.