Annecy is the greatest city of Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, 35 kilometers (22 mi) south of Geneva.
Nicknamed Pearl of French Alps in Raoul Blanchard's monography describing its location between lake and mountains, the city controls the northern entrance to the lake gorge.
Sometimes called Venice of the Alps, this idyllic and touristic representation comes from its two canals and the river Thiou lying through the old city and whose initial role was to protect the city and to empower its handicrafts. The city experienced an industrial development in the 19th century with silk manufacturing. Some of its industrial legacy remains today.