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To the north of the French Alps lies a jewel of a town called Annecy, France. This is a beautiful place filled with quaint timber houses, cobblestone streets, geranium-lined canals and a fairytale castle. Annecy is a dreamy hostel destination whose location is ideal for sightseeing, shopping and adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities. On the tip of the immaculately pristine and strikingly turquoise Lake Annecy, this charming resort town takes you back in time with landmarks such as the Palais d'Isle, the town's most striking feature. Resting on an island in the centre of the Thiou canal, it has served as a palace and a prison and is now home to historical exhibits. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow cobbled lanes in the delightful Old Town, stop for some Italian ice cream then head up to Annecy Castle which offers remarkable panoramic views over the clustered houses, tranquil lake and vast mountainous landscape.