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Lake Annecy, Annecy

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Lake Annecy bears the nickname of "Europe's Cleanest Lake,” because of strict environmental regulations that have been in place since the 1960s. Consequently, it is also a hotspot for water sports and swimming. You’ll understand why when you see its delicate blue waters up close, clear to the bottom, and as untouched as the day it was discovered. The effect of the lake's beauty is immortalized in Paul Cezanne's painting "Le Lac Bleu," which took its inspiration from it in 1896.

The lake formed 18,000 years ago, when alpine glaciers melted. Fed by multiple rivers and an underground water source, it is a basin for the cleanest of water. Consider a refreshing dip at one of the beaches and enjoy the day with a picnic, instead of spending bundles at local cafes. Arrange to visit Lake Annecy and other attractions in Annecy using our Annecy vacation maker site.
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  • Lake Annecy spreads south from the same name gorgeous small French town. It's a jewel set beneath the surrounding mountains. You can take a leisure walk from the city center, rent a bike, take a 1,5.....  more
    Lake Annecy spreads south from the same name gorgeous small French town. It's a jewel set beneath the surrounding mountains. You can take a leisure walk from the city center, rent a bike, take a 1,5.....  more »
  • We stayed the end of March at the Hotel Splendid. It was the perfect location to walk to the lake and the historic section. Annecy had done a great job at keeping the city beautiful and safe. It is a....  more
    We stayed the end of March at the Hotel Splendid. It was the perfect location to walk to the lake and the historic section. Annecy had done a great job at keeping the city beautiful and safe. It is a....  more »
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  • Fantastic place, ideal for sports, leisure. Hiking, swimming, relaxing, cycling, dining out…
  • One of the best most beautiful places I’ve ever seen ❤️

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