L’île des Cygnes in Annecy is a must see at all seasons.
Annéciens call it l’île aux cygnes, it is a small articial island (less than 30 meters of diameter) in front of Jardins de l’Europe (behind the City Hall, next to the Lovers Bridge).
This island is just full of trees, bushes and greens, a perfect place for swans, ducks and all kind of birds!
Because of the waves of the lake it was enhanced in 1883.
Those swans started to use the island as their home sweet home.
Nowadays you can find swans all over the lake but some of them still live there specially during the winter season.
You can get closer to the island with a pédalo, but I will suggest you to leave them in peace specially at the beginning of the spring….
Some crows are using the island for the night, and giving a nice wake up concert in the early morning before flying to the Semnoz for the day.