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Lake Annecy, Annecy

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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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  • Fabulous views across and around the lake of the the shores and the surrounding mountains. Beautiful buildings on the banks. Very green. Several beaches, small boats and water sports available. 
    Fabulous views across and around the lake of the the shores and the surrounding mountains. Beautiful buildings on the banks. Very green. Several beaches, small boats and water sports available.  more »
  • Amazing lake. Don't fix time line to enjoy this beautiful lake. Just keep strolling around, admire the stunning turquoise blue crystal clear water and take a break by lake side benches if need extra.....  more
    Amazing lake. Don't fix time line to enjoy this beautiful lake. Just keep strolling around, admire the stunning turquoise blue crystal clear water and take a break by lake side benches if need extra.....  more »
  • This is a stunningly beautiful lake area. We spent a day in the town and by the lake which was excellent. Easy to get to the town on the train from Geneva. Make sure that you walk along bit sides of.....  more
    This is a stunningly beautiful lake area. We spent a day in the town and by the lake which was excellent. Easy to get to the town on the train from Geneva. Make sure that you walk along bit sides of.....  more »
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  • We drove next to the lake and the view was beautiful.
  • Fantastic place, ideal for sports, leisure. Hiking, swimming, relaxing, cycling, dining out…
  • One of the best most beautiful places I’ve ever seen ❤️
  • One of the most beautiful lakes in Europe!
  • Amazing lake with best city view!

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