At the forefront of the partnership with Annecy is the idea of understanding between nations, reconciliation and of friendship with France. Bayreuth has been twinned with Annecy since 1966, and it has brought not only a little French flair to Bayreuth, but has developed into a lively and enriching friendship for both sides. The cultural and youth exchange programmes, language courses and the fostering of mutual contacts are fine examples of the level of understanding between the two cities.
Many thousands of Bayreuth inhabitants have stayed in the town that has been awarded the European prize for environmental protection. The lake festival, which takes place every year on the first Saturday in August, attracts many visitors. But at any time of the year, visitors can enjoy the palaces and castles on the road of the Dukes of Savoie. The old town of Annecy is home to numerous architectural treasures, and the museums house regional art treasures and craftwork.
Around the lake – the cleanest in Europe – there are ten destinations, which offer a rich choice of activities and things to discover. In summer there are a dozen beaches, kilometres of marked footpaths with unforgettable panoramic views, tours on the lake or cycling tours to entertain you. Caves, waterfalls, mountain passes, plateaus and gorges are all waiting to be visited.
Excursions can also be made to the nearby and world-famous Chamonix, Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Evian, Chambery and the Aravis massif. Here you can appreciate the wonderful landscape and historical sites.
Sports are practised in three dimensions: in the air, on the ground and in the water, for pleasure or at competitive level. There is a wide choice: cross-country cycling, sailing, paragliding, diving, golfing, skiing, hiking in snow shoes, cross-country skiing – the conditions meet the requirements of the most discerning sportsperson. There are famous restaurants as well as simple and good food like "Tartiflette" or "Fondue", offering as much variety as the guest could wish for. In France they like to celebrate, and the visitor is invited to participate in the film and music festivals, at the famous lake festival and at the national and international sport events or simply at one of the numerous local events.
Information about Bayreuth
Town of Bayreuth - General office
P.O. box 10 10 52
Tel: +49 921/25 15 60
Informtion about Annecy
Tourist Centre - Bonlieu
1 rue Jean Jaures
F - 74000 Annecy
Tel: +33/4 50 45 56 66
Fax: +33/4 50 51 87 20