The celebration of the Lake of Annecy

As early as the 16th century, the city of Annecy organized large nautical and pyrotechnic shows in honor of the sovereigns who came to visit it.

In 1860, when the county of Savoy was attached to France, Napoleon III celebrated the event by staying a few days in Annecy with the Empress Eugenie. It was on this occasion that he offered the city its first steamboat, the "Crown of Savoy".

The Annéciens, desirous of receiving their new sovereign worthily, decided to organize on August 29 a great Venetian festival in his honor. The architect Ignace Monnet was in charge of choreographing an enchanting show on the lake and he did not fail in his mission! The festival was indeed in every memory, to the point that the city renewed the experiment several times before institutionalizing the event at the beginning of the twentieth century. The celebration of the Lake was born, with a mission: to make shine, during the evening, all the magic of Lake Annecy.

At the present time, the Celebration of the Lake  calls on the greatest creators of pyrotechnics to blaze the bay of Albigny, every first Saturday in August. With more than an hour of fireworks, games of light and water, music, fountains, bursts, searchlights, it has become the largest pyrotechnic show in Europe, not to be missed for anything at all. More than 200 000 spectators come to witness this unique magic every year, in the enchanting setting of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Young and adults alike, no one can remain insensitive to the beauty of the place, sublimated by the explosions of lights and their reflections on the waters. Book now your accommodation in Annecy on our My Home In Annecy website and have a ringside seat, not to miss the show!

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