Lac d'Annecy, Annecy

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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. See Lac d'Annecy and all Annecy has to offer by arranging your trip with our Annecy family vacation planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Advise the ride on the Lake. Initially the bridge of lovers, ballads on boats wooden Venetians type are offered, allowing to see splendid properties and with guide to have stories about this wonderful place.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Very nice place the water is gorgeous a bit fresh, clear and very own nearby. We were able to do on a pedalo was great with a ride of an hour with the company of boats which was a visit commented on the Lake. Even made the Lake tour bike 42km in 3 h tough enough for non sports!
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  • August 17, 2017
    We fell in love with the city of Annecy... picturesque town with its alleys, its shops, its traditional glaciers... and the Lake... We made the bike ride we saw beautiful landscapes... We too can't wait to go back...
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  • August 11, 2017
    It is a pretty nice place to visit and be relax. There are a lot of stores closed to a historical buildings.
  • June 14, 2017
    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.
  • November 25, 2016
    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.
  • September 3, 2017
    Simply magnificent!
  • May 25, 2017
    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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