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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. 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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  • Beautiful medieval building. Interesting to look at. Many bars and restaurants around. Easy to get to 
    Beautiful medieval building. Interesting to look at. Many bars and restaurants around. Easy to get to  more »
  • Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Annecy. Explore the rooms and the outside courtyard and read of the prisoners imprisoned there, as recently as WWII. 
    Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Annecy. Explore the rooms and the outside courtyard and read of the prisoners imprisoned there, as recently as WWII.  more »
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  • Beautiful historic building that used to be a prison and now houses a museum. We found the ground floor most interesting, which was about the building and had texts in multiple languages including English. The other floors were more about the local history of Annecy, which had texts only in French. It is pretty small and we were inside for less than an hour.
  • There are a lot of people, and you’ll need to be patient to be able to take photos from the bridge in front of it. There are plenty of restaurants, ice-cream shops and souvenir shops in the area. You can visit the inside of this palace to know more about the history of it. The price of an adult ticket is 3.80euros, and 2euros for children and free for under 12 years old.

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