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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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  • For me, this is one of the most beautiful Lake in the world in urban areas. Crystal clear water, the romantic shores, mountains that form a spectacular setting, a city pleasant and beautiful, tourists from around the world... All sports seem to be represented. Only downside: a local, very conventional and bourgeois population.
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  • This city is just beautiful with the Lake and mountains. The summer there are many people but pretty beach as holy jorion or to mention are less populated and just as pretty. The bike path that is almost all around the Lake allows the athlete to do all the activities
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  • It is really nice landscape and peaceful place, relaxing walks and superb lake... this is really a worthy place out of nowhere when you can get a bit aside of touristic places or villages... and you a...  more »