Switzerland Tourism has announced the opening of AQUATIS, the largest freshwater aquarium-vivarium in Europe.
Located on the shores of Lake Geneva in Laussane, this is Switzerland’s first cultural destination dedicated to ecosystems and sustainable development.
AQUATIS is spread over two expansive levels, allowing visitors to go on an immersive and interactive voyage through time and across continents.
The space holds two million litres of freshwater, is home to 20 different ecosystems and 300 plant species; 10,000 fish from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America; 100 reptiles and amphibians; and features 46 aquariums or vivariums.
The journey begins on the first floor dedicated to Europe, and follows 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 Rhone and Camargue.
The second floor takes visitors to the African lakes, the Congo River, Asian mangroves, the Mekong River with its floating villages, the Pioneer 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 and challenges the modern world faces.
The use of cutting-edge technologies, sound and lighting, graphic animation and cinematography, all add to the immersive AQUATIS experience.
As part of the AQUATIS complex, visitors are invited to enjoy the facility’s two delicious restaurants, superior 3-star hotel featuring 143 rooms, a wellness centre and a conference centre.