Lac d'Annecy, Annecy

Lac d'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 Lac d'Annecy and other attractions in Annecy using our Annecy vacation maker site .
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  • You will see the real france by getting out and hiring a bike around the lake, it provides country and lakeside views.  more »
  • We always love the French/Swiss cultural influences! A stunning lake surrounded by sweet little towns accessible by car or water ferry. Great restaurants & shops.  more »
  • The place not to be missed on Annecy! Just sublime. Turquoise water, the mountain, the nearby park, paddleboats, etc.
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  • It is a pretty nice place to visit and be relax. There are a lot of stores closed to a historical buildings.
  • Le lac d'Annecy is a wonderful place with a beautiful landscape to visit in Annecy (France). You will love to walk and run there.
  • Just a stone's throw away from Geneva is this spectacular lake and the picturesque town of Annecy. Lots of tourists but they are mostly the french themselves enjoying all that this historic town with its lake, canals and pristine river has to offer. I've never seen such clear water run through a town.
  • Simply magnificent!
  • You can try paddle boarding with Mountain view

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Where to stay in Annecy

Take advantage of the city's prime shopping and dining opportunities by booking your rooms at a hotel near the medieval town center. Stay close to Annecy's main train station if you wish to take quick day trips to Lyon or Geneva. You can choose a luxurious self-catering apartment with access to fitness facilities, sauna, and private parking, all within a short walk from the old town and Lake Annecy. If staying within city limits isn't a priority, consider one of the resorts in the surrounding mountains.
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