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Lake Annecy, Annecy

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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  • Annecy is always a great idea.Streets are beautiful.Lake is beautiful.There is Kid's play park too.Take the cruise ride.Overall a mind blowing experience.  more »
  • Was lucky with the weather on the day of the visit. The water was clear and so was the sky and hence has really nice reflections on the lake. It was great to take a stroll along the lake.  more »
  • No matter if you are watching the lake from above from the surrounding mountains - or if you are on the lake watching the mountains you have a fantastic view. If you spend some time in the area I...  more »
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  • 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
  • Beautiful location and town. We used as a base to explore the region.
  • Excellent transparant lake which is around by snow mountain!
  • Super nice area with many activities. Paragliding is excellent. Nice to swim in the clean lake.

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