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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.
Lake Annecy reviews
Apart from the old town, the lake is the center of all attractions. It’s very scenic with plenty of things to do and see all year round. There are many restaurants, pubs, water activities and a...
Apart from the old town, the lake is the center of all attractions. It’s very scenic with plenty of things to do and see all year round. There are many restaurants, pubs, water activities and a... more »
We were there in February in the freezing cold but the lake was stunning and really impressive. People were out and about and the view are spectacular. Don’t miss this if you are en route in the area.
We were there in February in the freezing cold but the lake was stunning and really impressive. People were out and about and the view are spectacular. Don’t miss this if you are en route in the area. more »
Have stayed in Annecy before. It is absolutely beautiful - well worth the visit. We stayed in the Ibis Hotel which you can walk from to the centre of Annecy along the river - beautiful.
Have stayed in Annecy before. It is absolutely beautiful - well worth the visit. We stayed in the Ibis Hotel which you can walk from to the centre of Annecy along the river - beautiful. more »
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.
The lake is beautiful and the water is very clear. The view of the surrounding mountain is incredible. You can never be bored of looking at this beautiful nature combo.
Definitely you cannot visit France without visiting this place “lac d’Annecy”. It is a magic place with these unimaginable views. Here you can walk with your family, your dog… all of the stores are pet friendly. I prefer to visit this village in summer or in the end of spring because the weather is the most important thing to enjoy it till 100%. Also, behind the pics, there is a big park with grass to rest a bit.
Such a unique experience! Bike tour around the lake is just amazing!
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