medieval streets on either side of the Canal du Thiou.
10 a.m. - On the island in the middle, the Palais de l'Isle, built in 1132, was once the home of the Lord of Annecy. It later became the Count of Geneva's administrative headquarters, then a courthouse, a mint and a jail from the middle ages until well into the 19th-century and again during World War II. It now houses a display of the city's and region's history.
11 a.m. - The quaint surrounding streets, with their open air markets selling local produce, deserve an hour of wandering.
Au Fidele Berger at 2, rue Royale, between the old town and the station, was established in 1917 to serve up exquisite patisserie and hot chocolate. Lunch options include quiche and salad.
2 p.m. - Time to hire a bike. Roul' ma Poule offers comfort models or more expensive racing bikes from a shop on the edge of the lake at 47, avenue du Petit Port.
Depending on how fit you are and the weather, tackle the piste cyclable at your own pace. It makes use of the old railway route and tunnel, links up to gentle villages and is frequented by cyclists of all ages as well as effortlessly cool rollerbladers.
A fine evening destination would be Talloires, Annecy's most exclusive spot on the lake shore.
If you're feeling energetic, you can approach it via a tour all around the lake. Alternatively, you can head straight there and take in the scenery at a leisurely pace.
And if you're feeling flush, you can dine in Les Terrasses du Cottage and look out on to the turquoise lake. The adjoining hotel Le Cottage Bise has four-star accommodation and an air of old money.
8 a.m. - Time to follow the Annecy folk up one of their favourite climbs -- La Tournette, at some 2,350 metres, the highest peak of the region.
It's achievable for the moderately fit and there are chains to help with the last few metres of scrambling over rocks, snow-clad for most of the year.
From Talloires, you can also cycle a few, steep km to the hamlet of