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Lake Annecy, Annecy

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Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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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  • We stayed here for 3 days. Do visit the col Florclaz for the beautiful view. We also did a boat tour which was great.  more »
  • The cruise was lovely as was the day so the overall experience was delightful. However, while there was considerable commentary provided, it was only in French. While I am sure that a majority of the....  more »
  • So beautiful lake with mountainous in the backgrounds. You can just have family picnic, and for adrenaline seekers, you can have lot of water sport activities, or just enjoy the moment with your family. I really enjoyed the visit.
  • The most idyllic beautiful natural lake and town. Lac annecy is one of my travelling holidays each year

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