Arrivals & Departures Europe’s largest freshwater aquarium opens its doors

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

Fifteen years in the making, Europe’s largest freshwater aquarium has opened in Switzerland.

Located on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, AQUATIS spreads over two levels and holds 2 million litres of freshwater.

The aquarium is home to 20 different ecosystems, 300 plant species, 100 reptiles and amphibians, and 10,000 fish from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America.

The European section follows the path of the Rhone from its glacial origins to its arrival in the Mediterranean Sea before splitting into areas of the Alps, Lake Geneva, the Rhone and Camargue.

The second floor takes visitors to the African lakes, the Congo River, Asian mangroves, the Mekong River, Australia’s Pioneer River and the flooded Amazon. 

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