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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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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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  • A beautiful lake and scenery. We took the one hour ride and thoroughly enjoyed it. All the narration by the captain was in French. The boat is conveniently located across the old town canals.  more »
  • Lac Annecy is such a beautiful place to holiday we stayed in the village of Talloires it was just stunning my photos still don't do it justice,it is a small village but there is everything you would n...  more »
  • The lake and the villages around it are all well worth visiting. The mountain views are spectacular and there are many activities for visitors. Paragliding, kayaks, paddle boards, pedalos, fishing, wa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • You can try paddle boarding with Mountain view
  • Amazing place. Nice view at night!
  • Very charming view, you can swim there during summer