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Annecy is a town in France’s Rhône-Alpes region, in the south-east of the country. Annecy lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, 35km south of Geneva. The Fier River marks Annecy’s northern border. It is surrounded by several mountains including Le Semnoz, La Tournette and the Parmelan. Strict environmental laws introduced in the 1960s have led to Lake Annecy being described as Europe’s cleanest lake.
From 1219 Annecy was the capital of the country of Geneva. Following the fall of the Counts of Geneva, Annecy became the possession of the House of Savoy in 1401, and in 1444 the Princes of Savoy made it the capital of the region. The Savoy region was conquered by the French during the French Revolution. In 1815 the Bourbon Restoration saw Annecy returned to the Kingdom of Sardinia (heir of the Duchy of Savoy). It wasn’t until Sardinia was sold to France in 1860 that again became part of France.