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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  • We didnt know what to expect before arriving at Lac Annecy, but my oh my, what a vision. The lake is absolutely beautiful, clear, fresh water. We rented a speed boat and set off to explore the...  more »
  • The Annecy lake is really a wonder. You can just stroll around, enjoy the good weather, enjoy the people walking/running/biking/etc... and the amazing scenery 360 degrees around you. - I would...  more »
  • Stunning location, so much to do, beautiful views and towns. Lake is clear and perfect for swimming in. Would definitely recommend a visit  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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