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Europe’s Largest Aquarium-Vivarium Opens

November 1, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

Switzerland Tourism <>  has announced the opening of AQUATIS, the largest freshwater aquarium-vivarium in Europe.

Located on the shores of Lake Geneva (the largest body of freshwater in Western Europe), in the historical town of Lausanne, the project took 15 years in the making. Spread over two levels and with 3,500sqm dedicated to the public, the space holds two million litres of freshwater; is home to 20 different ecosystems, 300 plant species; 10,000 fish from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America; 100 reptiles and amphibians; and features 46 aquariums / vivariums / terrariums.

The country’s very first cultural destination dedicated to ecosystems and sustainable development, AQUATIS presents an exceptional journey through the planet’s most fascinating freshwater environments, where visitors are taken on an immersive and interactive voyage of discovery through time and across continents.

The journey begins on the first floor, which is dedicated to Europe.

Following the path of the Rhône from its glacial origins to its arrival in the Mediterranean Sea before splitting into areas of the Alpine, Lake Geneva, the Rhône and Camargue, visitors are constantly reminded of the superb biodiversity that exists in Europe and the fact that evolution began in the water. The second floor takes visitors to the African lakes, the Congo River, Asian mangroves, the Mekong River with its floating villages, the Pioneer River, which discharges into the Great Barrier Reef and the flooded Amazon.

Featuring a multitude of experiences and scenography, AQUATIS aims to not only raise awareness of the relatively unknown freshwater environment, but also the effects of globalisation as well as societal issues and challenges
that the world faces today.

As a new generation of destinations, the use of cutting-edge technologies, high-tech devices, digital imagery, sound and lighting, graphic animation and cinematography, morphing and animated graphics and integral projection
all contribute to the rich experience offered at AQUATIS. Permanent and temporary exhibitions, conferences and educational activities will also continue to help scientists promote their ongoing research to the public.

As part of the AQUATIS complex that opens into town via a living space, visitors are welcome to enjoy the facility’s two restaurants, superior 3-star hotel featuring 143 rooms, a wellness centre and a conference centre.

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