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Think Switzer­land and you think snow-clapped alpine vis­tas where cat­tle chomp away on lush green mead­ows. It’s lit­tle-known but the Euro­pean na­tion’s glit­ter­ing fresh­wa­ter lakes are a hotspot of aquatic life which will be show­cased in all its glory when the AQUATIS Aquar­ium-Vi­var­ium Lausanne – Europe’s largest fresh­wa­ter aquar­ium opens on Oc­to­ber 21. Si­t­u­ated in the city of Lausanne that’s perched on the shores of Lake Geneva, Aquatis sounds like it will inch its way up to the must-do-in-Switzer­land list right next to gorg­ing on Swiss choco­lates and trekking through pic­turesque In­ter­laken trails. The project boasts some mind­bog­gling num­bers: you’ll walk through 50 dif­fer­ent aquar­i­ums, vi­var­i­ums and ter­rar­i­ums in a two mil­lion-litre wa­ter fa­cil­ity and dis­cover 20 ecosys­tems of aquatic flora and fauna from over five con­ti­nents through in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy while you’re at it. Trav­el­ling with kids? You can break up your itin­er­ary and make an overnight trip of the Aquar­ium by stay­ing at the ad­join­ing Aquatis Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Cen­ter. The three-star ho­tel has 143 rooms, fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties, and din­ing out­lets. Visit

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