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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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  • When we booked our holiday villa, we knew it was close to the lake but didn't realise how much varied activity for both adults and children was available. Our children and grandchildren loved it and....  more
    When we booked our holiday villa, we knew it was close to the lake but didn't realise how much varied activity for both adults and children was available. Our children and grandchildren loved it and....  more »
  • very good view lake you can swim and walk . 2 hours with train from lyon and have good time at beside lake and take nice photoes. 
    very good view lake you can swim and walk . 2 hours with train from lyon and have good time at beside lake and take nice photoes.  more »
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  • My visit to the Lake was so amazing. Annecy is a beautiful and peaceful city. The Lake had amazing views and it was simply picturesque. The water was very clear and the rumours about the lake annecy having the cleanest water in Europe seemed true. As a tourist to Annecy you definitely have to visit the Lake. There are alot of beautiful places to take nice pictures and after having a fun time at the lake there are a lot of restaurants and bars around you have a meal or drink at very affordable prices. I will definitely be visiting again in the future as I love it so much my only challenge with the city is that it's very small so you there are no trains or trams to go around and I dont understand how the buses worked.
  • What is amazing lake and I wish I stayed long time to try all the activities. I drove a boat which was new experience for me and I enjoyed it. Even walking around was cool. Behind it beautiful mountain that make the place like you are in heaven.

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