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07:20  02 november  2017
07:20  02 november  2017 Source:   Easyvoyage

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After over a decade in the planning the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe has opened its doors in the Swiss city of Lausanne. The aquarium will be home to 10,000 fish. © igorkovalchuk/123RF.

AQUATIS, Europe ’s newest, and largest , freshwater aquarium just opened in Lausanne, Switzerland. Sloshing around the new centre, and giving life to all, is over two million litres of water .

igorkovalchuk/123RF © provided by Webedia SAS igorkovalchuk/123RF Aquatis, Europe's largest freshwater aquarium, has opened its doors to the public after a 15 year wait on October 21st. The attendance figures to Lausanne's newest tourist attraction have reportedly exceeded expectations, with nearly 6,500 people visiting the aquarium in its first weekend.

"The number of attendance went beyond our expectations. We are very happy!" Angélique Vallée-Sygut, the aquarium's director, told Tribune de Geneve.

The aquarium, which doubles as a terrarium, is spread out over 3,500m2 on two different floors, comprising two areas reserved for permanent exhibitions and two for temporary ones. The first floor is dedicated to Europe's freshwater environments, while the second floor showcases freshwater environments from other corners of the globe, including the Amazon, African lakes and the Mekong River.

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Lausanne’s MICE offering is to be further enhanced with the addition of the AQUATIS Aquarium -Vivarium set to open on the site of the BOAS owned Aquatis Hotel in the city next month. The aquarium -vivarium will be unique in Switzerland and the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe .

Aquatis, the largest freshwater aquarium -vivarium in europe . Opening hours. Open 7 days a week From 9 am to 7 pm.

According to the aquarium's official website, Aquatis aims to “stimulate reflection and a new awareness among visitors of the importance of protecting aquatic environments.”

The aquarium boasts 46 tanks and, when fully stocked, will be home to some 10,000 fish, and over 100 reptiles and amphibians. According to the Tribune de Geneve Aquatis is currently missing around a quarter of its inhabitants, some of which are still in quarantine while others can only be transported in cold water.

The aquarium is part of a larger complex which also includes a hotel and conference center. Work on the impressive building located in the Vennes area of Lausanne, began in 2013 with the Aquatis Hotel & Conference Centre opening in 2015.

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The large aquarium continuously pumps water from the Monterey Bay it resides by. 5. L’Oceanografic, Valencia, Spain – Opened in 2003, the Oceanographic is the largest complex of its type in Europe .

Europe ’s largest freshwater aquarium -vivarium opened on Saturday, October 21st, after 15 years in the planning. The attendance figures “went beyond our hopes. We are very happy,” director Angélique Vallée-Sygut told news agency ATS.

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