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Doussard (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Faverges
Community association Sources du Lac d'Annecy
Coordinates 45 ° 47 '  N , 6 ° 13'  E Coordinates: 45 ° 47 '  N , 6 ° 13'  E
height 442-1,804 m
surface 20.14 km 2
Residents 3,592 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 178 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74210
INSEE code

Doussard is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Doussard is located at 480  m , northwest of Faverges , about 16 kilometers southeast of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The village extends in a broad valley south of Lac d'Annecy , on the Ire stream, at the northern foot of the Montagne du Charbon, which is part of the Bauges massif. The community is located within the Massif des Bauges Regional Nature Park .

The area of ​​the 20.14 km² municipal area covers a section of the Savoy Alps. The central part of the municipality is occupied by the approximately 3 km wide valley basin, which extends on the south bank of the Lac d'Annecy and extends over Faverges to Ugine . It was created by the Ice Age glaciers and was subsequently filled with rubble and alluvial material. The south bank of the Lac d'Annecy is characterized by a swampy landscape, which is protected as a nature reserve Bout du Lac . The Eau Morte , Ire and Bornette streams flow here . Along the western shore of the lake, the community area extends almost to the village of Duingt. To the east of the lake, the Pointe de Chenivier ( 1303  m ), part of the Tournette massif and thus the Bornes Alps , belongs to Doussard.

To the south, two long but narrow corners reach far into the Bauges nature reserve. One includes the eastern valley slope of the Bornette and thus also the summit area of ​​the rugged limestone cliffs of the Montagne de Charbon . Here, at 1803  m, Doussard's highest point is reached. The other occupies the densely forested eastern slope of the Combe d'Ire , which is still a largely untouched, wild valley today, where the last bear was killed in 1893.

In addition to the actual town center, Doussard also includes various hamlet settlements and farms, including:

  • Vertier ( 450  m ) in the valley plain on the Eau Morte
  • Arnand ( 495  m ) on the Ire, south of Doussard
  • Marceau lingerie ( 500  m ) on the Bornette at the north foot of the Montagne de Charbon
  • Marceau-Dessus ( 540  m ) at the northern foot of the Montagne de Charbon
  • Bout du Lac ( 450  m ) on the south bank of Lake Annecy, at the confluence of the Bornette
  • Brédannaz ( 450  m ) on the western bank of Lake Annecy, at the foot of the Taillefer ridge

Neighboring municipalities to Doussard are:


The municipality of Doussard was settled very early. The earliest traces of human presence date from the Neolithic , but there was also a settlement here in Roman times .

Doussard is first mentioned in a document in 868 under the name Dulciatis . Over the centuries the name changed from Dulziadum (9th century) to Dulsaz , Doucsa , Dussard to Doussar . The place name goes back to the Gallo-Roman personal name Dulcius .

Since the 11th century, the Doussard area has belonged to the Talloires Abbey. Later it came under the Mandement Duingt. For a long time, today's main town (chef-lieu) of the community was called Doussard Macherine , which had also been inhabited since the Burgundian period. The old hamlet of Doussard was on the Irish River on the southern edge of the marshes of Lac d'Annecy. When the new church was built in 1734 in the centrally located Macherine, it took the name Doussard from the old church location.


The parish church of Saint-Maurice, built in neoclassicism , was given its present form in the 18th century and during renovations in the 19th century. There is a Romanesque chapel in Marceau, and an 18th century chapel in Vertier. The Tour de Beauvivier, which dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries, is located in the nature reserve on the banks of Lake Annecy. Also worth mentioning are the old houses in the characteristic Savoyard style in Vertier, including the Maison Blain from the 16th century.


Population development
year Residents
1962 1,170
1968 1,239
1975 1,543
1982 1,725
1990 2,070
1999 2,781

With 3592 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Doussard is one of the medium-sized communities in the Haute-Savoie department. Since the early 1960s, there has been a steady increase in population. Particularly strong growth rates have been registered since around 1990.

Economy and Infrastructure

Up until the 20th century, Doussard was a predominantly agricultural village. Today there are various small and medium-sized businesses. In recent years, smaller commercial zones have developed near the main street. Many workers are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area. Thanks to its beautiful location, Doussard is now a holiday resort with several hotels and a campsite near the lake. It also benefits from day tourism on Lake Annecy, which serves as a magnet for leisure activities and water sports enthusiasts.

The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is on the main D1508 road from Annecy to Albertville . Further road connections exist with Talloires (east bank of Lac d'Annecy), Lathuile and the Col de Chérel. The closest connection to the A41 motorway is around 23 km away. Doussard owned a station on the railway line from Albertville via Faverges to Annecy, which is now closed.

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