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It’s a perfect summer day. The waves lap against your feet, the sun rays dance on the water. You can’t decide if the lake is rather blue or green today. The one thing you do know is it’s so clean you can see all the way down to the ground.
These are our top 9 Austrian lakes for a perfect day.
- Achensee Lake
- Attersee Lake
- Neusiedler See
- Weissensee Lake
- Wolfgangsee Lake
- Wörthersee Lake
- Lake Zell
- Lake Constance
1. Lake Achensee in Tirol
Dubbed “Tirol’s ocean” at times, this lake was carved out of the Alps by glaciers more than 20,000 years ago. Today, it welcomes visitors with its emerald green surface and crystal-clear water. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and lush green meadows, Lake Achensee offers countless water sports activities including swimming, surfing, sailing, paddling and diving.
- Altitude: 929 m / 3,048 ft
- Surface area: 6.8 km2 / 1,680 ac
- Avg water temperature: 19°C / 66°F
- Max water depth: 133 m / 436 ft
How to get there: Lake Achensee can be reached in just 45 minutes by car from Innsbruck. If you travel by train, get off at Jenbach station, then take a free bus, the local steam railway, or a taxi. Find directions here.
Austrian National Tourist Office / Lisa Eiersebner
2. Attersee Lake in Upper Austria
Right in the heart of Austria’s lake region, Lake Attersee has a special artsy, laid-back flair. Enjoy a stroll through “Little Venice” – an area full of Mediterranean-style villas that used to belong to the likes of Gustav Klimt – then dip your toes into the cool water while admiring the rugged mountains that frame the lake.
- Altitude: 469m / 1,539 ft
- Surface area: 46,2 km2 / 11,416 ac
- Max water depth: 169 m / 554 ft
How to get there: The Attersee region is about halfway between Salzburg and Linz and can easily be reached by car via the A1 motorway, or by train via the Frankenmarkt, Vöcklamarkt, Vöcklabruck, or Attnang-Puchheim stations. More details here.
Austrian National Tourist Office / Dietmar Denger
3. Lake Neusiedler See in Burgenland
Neusiedler See is pretty special: It is, on average, only 1 m (3.3 ft) deep whilst being one of Austria’s largest bodies of water in terms of surface area. It is a steppe lake, and the landscape is characterised by vast meadows and reeds. Birdwatchers will find more species here than at any other inland lake in Europe, while wine lovers are treated to a variety of local classics.
- Altitude: 115 m / 377 ft
- Surface area: 320 km2 / 79,074 ac
- Avg water depth: 1 m / 3.3 ft
- Max water depth: 2 m / 6.6 ft
How to get there: Vienna airport is only about 70 km / 43 mi from Lake Neusiedl. The lake can easily be reached via the A4 motorway by car, or by hourly trains from Vienna. Plan your journey here.
Austrian National Tourist Office / Peter Podpera
4. Lake Weissensee in Carinthia
Its location on the southern side of the Alps is unbeatable: You get all the mountainous beauty you could ask for, plus 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. The fjord-like Weissensee lake welcomes visitors with clear, emerald water, great hiking and biking trails, and activities like surfing, stand-up paddling, and fishing.
- Altitude: 930 m / 3,051 ft
- Surface area: 6.5 km2 / 1,606 ac
- Water temperature: up to 24°C / 75.2°F
- Water depth: 99 m / 325 ft
How to get there: The closest airport is Klagenfurt (1.5 h by car). By train, you can go as far as Greifenburg station, then take a free shuttle to Weissensee nature park. More details here.
5. Lake Wolfgangsee in Upper Austria & SalzburgerLand
Surrounded by forests, meadows, and mountains, Lake Wolfgangsee straddles the border between Upper Austria and SalzburgerLand. On its shores, you’ll find chocolate-box villages such as St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang, or Strobl. A vintage cable car takes you up Zwölferhorn mountain, one of the region’s most beautiful viewpoints.
- Altitude: 538 m / 1,765 ft
- Surface area: 12.4 km2 / 3,064 ac
- Avg water depth: 52 m / 171 ft
- Max water depth: 114 m / 374 ft
- Avg temperature: 22°C / 71.6°F
How to get there: The closest airport is Salzburg. From there, take bus 150 to Strobl, then change to 546. Find detailed directions here.
Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH
6. Lake Wörthersee in Carinthia
Carinthia's largest lake is one of the warmest in the Alps with temperatures of up to 28°C / 82.4°F. In the evening, visit one of the hip beach bars or first-rate restaurants on the shores, and watch the sun set over the lake with a cocktail in your hand.
- Altitude: 450m / 1,476 ft
- Surface area: 19.4km2 / 4,793 ac
- Avg depth: 42m / 138 ft
- Max depth: 84.6 m / 278 ft
- Max temperature: 28°C / 82.4°F
How to get there: Klagenfurt is located right at the lake, with the airport just 15 min away. The city can also easily be reached by train from all major Austrian cities. Learn more here.
Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus GmbH / Dietmar Sochor
7. Lake Zell in SalzburgerLand
Lake Zell is one of a kind: First, its crystal-clear waters will catch your eye. Then, you'll look up at the majestic mountains, crowned by a glacier (fun fact: you can go tobogganing all year). On the banks of the lake, the town of Zell am See offers laid-back cafés, a promenade, and a hint of imperial flair. Spend the day relaxing at one of three lake lidos or try stand-up paddle boarding.
- Altitude: 750 m / 2,460 ft
- Max length: 4 km / 2.5 mi
- Max width: 1.5km / 0.93mi
- Max water depth: 73m / 240ft
- Avg temperature: 23°C / 73.4°F
How to get there: The closest airport is Salzburg. Take a direct train to Zell am See from Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich, Klagenfurt, and Graz. Details here.
8. Lake Mondsee in Upper Austria
Lake Mondsee is located in the Upper Austrian Salzkammergut, south-west of Lake Attersee. The border between Salzburg and Upper Austria runs on its southern bank. It is very popular with all kinds of surfers and sailors due to suddenly shifting winds, but of course also with swimmers due to its warm temperatures reaching 27°C / 81°F.
- Altitude: 493 m / 1.617 ft
- Max length: 11 km / 6.8 mi
- Max width: 2km / 1.24mi
- Max water depth: 68m / 223ft
- Avg temperature: 23°C / 73.4°F
How to get there: The closest airport is Salzburg. From Salzburg's main train station, you can take the bus 140 to Mondsee, which takes about one hour. Find more information here.
Vorarlberg Tourismus / Thorbecke Luftbild
9. Lake Constance in Vorarlberg
The third-largest inland lake in Central Europe shares its shores with Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It offers endless possibilities for water lovers, from swimming to boat trips to cycling tours and barbecues in the sunset. Don't forget to visit the city of Bregenz!
- Altitude: 395 m / 1.295 ft
- Max length: 63 km / 39 mi
- Max width: 14km / 8.7mi
- Max water depth: 251m / 823ft
- Avg temperature: 20°C / 68°F
How to get there: Bregenz is located right at the lake. The airports Altenrhein (CH), Friedrichshafen (DE) and Memmingen (DE) are just under an hour's drive from the city. Find more information here.
Austrian National Tourist Office / Julius Silver
A refreshing day with the familiy
Austrian National Tourist Office / Reinhold Leitner
Austrian National Tourist Office / Reinhold Leitner
Lighthouse in Podersdorf / Lake Neusiedl / Burgenland
Austrian National Tourist Office / Jeff Bartlett
Two cyclists looking for cooling off in Lake Neusiedl
Austrian National Tourist Office / Martin Steinthaler
Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
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family at lake Wolfgangsee
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Sunset at the lake Wolfgangsee
Austrian National Tourist Office / Peter Burgstaller
Swimming in Lake Wörthersee
Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH / Gernot Gleiss
Die ganze Vielfalt des Elements Wasser in der Region Zell am See-Kaprun
Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus GmbH / Nikolaus Faistauer
Boating at the Lake Zell
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Zell am See
Salzkammergut Lake Mondsee
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Austrian National Tourist Office / Julius Silver
Fischersteg in Bregenz
Gondola Port Bregenz
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Crater Lake, Oregon
America's deepest lake (1,943 feet to be exact) is also it's cleanest: scientists believe that Crater Lake contains some of the purest water in the world.
Over the years I have been fortunate to visit a number of beautiful lakes in Austria including Zell am See and Achensee (which is Austria's largest lake), but the lakes around Salzburg in what is known as the Salzkammergut region, are, in my opinion, some of the best Austrian lakes to visit.Which is the cleanest lake in Europe? ›
Annecy. Regarded as the clearest lake in Europe, Annecy is home to a picturesque town of the same name – sometimes also known as Venice of the Alps due to its numerous water canals.Can you swim in Wolfgangsee lake? ›
Wolfgangsee Lake, Upper Austria and SalzburgerLand
There are two main towns around the lake, St. Wolfgang and St. Gilburn, plus Strobl which also has lots of hotels and camping options. This is SalzburgLand's largest lake and still a great place for wild swimming in Austria.
In addition to phosphorus, body oils, and other pollutants, bathing in lakes can contribute bacteria and viruses at higher amounts than just swimming.What is the cleanest body of water to swim? ›
Crater Lake, United States
The 1,943ft-deep Crater Lake, located in Oregon, was formed 7,700 years ago when the volcano Mount Mazama collapsed after a huge eruption, and according to the US National Park Service, it may be the cleanest large body of water in the world.
Lake Achensee in Tirol
Today, it welcomes visitors with its emerald green surface and crystal-clear water. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and lush green meadows, Lake Achensee offers countless water sports activities including swimming, surfing, sailing, paddling and diving.
The lidos dotted all around Lake Hallstatt are great spots for sunbathing and swimming on a hot summer's day. Between May and September, Lake Hallstatt's average temperature of 18 to 22 degrees Celsius guarantees that a dip is always fun.Can you swim in Salzburg? ›
There are countless places where you can go wild swimming in the Salzburger Saalachtal: the beautiful bays along the Saalach where the white-water seems to take a breather; the imposing waterfalls of the Waterfall Trail on the way to the Almenwelt Lofer; along the streams in the shady forests or in one of the ...Which European country has the best bathing water quality? ›
- Greece (95.8%)
- Croatia (95.7%)
- Cyprus (93.3%)
- Denmark (91.9%)
- Germany (90.4%)
- Bulgaria (89.8%)
- Lithuania (89.2%)
- Portugal (88.5%)
Blue Lake. Located in the top half of New Zealand's South Island, Blue Lake is said to be the clearest lake in the world. Its waters are fed by another lake that sits above its height of 1,200 meters above sea level.Can you swim in Ericeira? ›
Can you swim in Ericeira? You can swim at moat beaches in Ericeira but you definitely have to be careful with the current. The best beach to swim as is definitely Praia dos Pescadores.Is Skaha lake good for swimming? ›
The Skaha Lake Ultra Swim is a point-to-point course along a meandering warm-water (23°C or 74°F on average) shoreline nestled within an incredibly scenic valley making it an ideal location for ultra distance swims.Can you swim in Paska lake? ›
The lake attracts people to the park for the fishing, camping, swimming, picnicking, canoeing and boating. The lake is very central to other popular activity destinations in the immediate area.Should I shower after swimming in lake? ›
Shower before you get in the water
Showering before stepping into the lake is also important. You should also shower after swimming to wash off any contaminants you may have come in contact with.
For decades, public health authorities have recommended the pre-swim shower. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges people to shower with soap before swimming as part of Three Steps for All Swimmers to Protect Against Recreational Water Illnesses.Is it healthier to swim in a lake or pool? ›
Pools also tend to be much cleaner than natural lakes. This is because most pool owners take extra care to make sure the pool is sanitized, oxidized, and pH balanced on a regular basis. You're far less likely to pick up an infection from swimming in the local pool.Is it harder to swim in a lake or ocean? ›
Fresh water lacks the high saline content of oceans and seas, and as such, does not offer the same buoyancy profile of salt water. This means that swimmers need to work harder to maintain good body alignment and a high position in the water.What's the cleanest lake in the world? ›
Two lakes. Blue Lake (below), in New Zealand's South Island, is the clearest lake in the world. It is fed by water from Lake Constance, above. Both are found just next to Mount Franklin, in the Tasman District's Nelson Lakes National Park.
Especially as Austrian tap water is healthy, crystal clear and completely odorless. It tastes great too. It also often comes out of the tap incredibly cold as not only does much of Austria's water come from the Alps, but most months of the year Austria has a cold climate.Why is swimming not allowed in Plitvice Lakes? ›
Bathing and swimming in the lakes was hence prohibited in 2006 to protect this fragile environment from further human impact and to ensure the long-term creation of tufa (porous rock), making Plitvice Lakes National Park a forerunner in this field (in Krka National Park for example, swimming was only banned in 2021).Are you allowed to swim in Plitvice Lakes? ›
You can swim in the clear and clean river Korana within the National Park Plitvice Lakes. You can also swim at the public river beach in the city of Slunj (also the Korana River), with many additional sport facilities, such as beach volleyball, football or badminton.Can you swim at Essaouira? ›
People do indeed sunbathe and swim at Essaouira. It is a windy beach though so is very popular with windsurfers and other watersport enthusiasts and you would need a windbreak to lie in the sun.Can you swim in lake Tibet? ›
Travel Essentials. Tibetans don't fish, bathe or swim in the holy lake. Remember to respect the local customs when you visit the lake.Can you swim at Findhorn? ›
next to the village of Findhorn. The designated bathing water is a 1.5 km stretch that sits at the western end of the sweeping Burghead Bay. The beach is backed by dunes, a caravan site and the Findhorn Bay Nature Reserve.Is there any beach in Austria? ›
Even though Austria does not have a centimetre of shoreline toward the sea, it is no problem to enjoy a wonderful beach holiday in the Alpine countryside. Many of Austria's lakes warm up quickly during the summer and reach water temperatures of 27-29 °C.Can you swim in Isola Bella? ›
Isola Bella is a beautiful island where u can swim in Taormina.Can you swim in Innsbruck? ›
The water temperature is as high as 25 degrees in summer and is therefore ideal for a very gentle cool off. As the “Haussee” of Innsbruck residents, the Innsbruck bathing lake offers everything you need for a perfect day of swimming.What country has the prettiest waters? ›
1. The Maldives. The Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, have around 1,190 islands and sandbanks. A lagoon with crystal clear water encircles all the islands, which are protected by a reef structure that is home to an array of underwater life.
Scandinavia and Finland
Individually, the nations of Scandinavia all rank very highly when rating clean tap water around the world. If you put them all together, it's clear that this region of the world is where one can find perhaps the cleanest and safest water flowing from taps.
- 1 Cala Macarella, Menorca. A small cove with brilliantly white sand and crystal clear waters. ...
- 2 Calanques d'En Vau, South of France. ...
- 3 Nissi Beach, Cyprus. ...
- 4 Primosten, Croatia. ...
- 5 Porto Katsiki, Lefkada, Greece. ...
- 6 Isola Bella, Sicily. ...
- 7 Lake Bled, Slovenia. ...
- 8 Famara Beach, Lanzarote.
|Surface area||32,900 km2 (12,700 sq mi)|
|Average depth||570 m (1,870 ft)|
|Max. depth||1,470 m (4,820 ft)|
|Water volume||18,900 km3 (4,500 cu mi)|
It is a long Beach with many things to do. Swimming, surfing, playing with sand, valy ball, food ball. Also, you can ride horses and other animals.Can you swim in Aveiro lagoon? ›
The beach itself is Blue Flag rated, which means that the water quality is outstanding and lifeguards patrol the beach, which makes it safe for swimmers and surfers. Due to the Atlantic rollers and cold sea temperatures, the waters are more for paddling than swimming.Can you swim in Lago di Lugano? ›
Lido e Piscina Comunale Conca d'Oro
The swimming pool Conca d'Oro is located on the shore of the beautiful Lake Lugano from which you will enjoy a wonderful 180 degree view of the surrounding landscape.
On the shoreline of the park you will find the sandy beaches of Mabel Lake which is the main attraction to those seeking fun times during their stay. The lake is a fantastic place to swim, fish and explore via watercraft and we recommend that you check it out.Is Skaha Lake clean? ›
Beach Water Testing
Penticton has many beautiful beaches on the shores of Okanagan and Skaha Lakes. However, lake water is not pristine, and beach water quality can fluctuate due to a number of factors including lake currents, runoff and the outflow of creeks and changing environmental factors.
Selwyn Beach Conservation Area is located on the northeast shore of Chemong Lake and is best known for its excellent swimming provided by a gently sloping sandy beach.
Perhaps more importantly, Lake Garda is also an exceptional beach destination. There may be no ocean, but the lake itself offers some wonderful beaches for swimming and sunbathing in the Italian summer sunshine.Can you swim in Pasqua Lake? ›
There is a designated swimming area marked by buoys, and all swimming is unsupervised. No pets on the beach. Access to the beach is via Highway 210, which runs between Pasqua Lake and Echo Lake. There are large paved parking lots for the boat launch as well as for the beach.Can you swim anywhere in Lake Garda? ›
If you have sensitive feet though, then consider swimming with some sandals on if you want to wade around in the lake too. You can swim anywhere in the lake, but our favourite places are Garda, Lazise, Padenghe and the Toscolano/Maderno area.What lake has the purest drinking water? ›
1. Lake Baikal, Siberia. This lake plunges down to about 2,000 feet, making it the deepest lake in the world, as well as one of the freshest. The reason Lake Baikal is so fresh is due to it's volume.What are the top 5 cleanest lakes in the United States? ›
- Lake George, New York. ...
- Crater Lake, Oregon. ...
- Lake Michigan, Michigan, Illinois. ...
- Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. ...
- Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada. ...
- Lake Chelan, Washington. ...
- Hanging Lake, Colorado. ...
- Flathead Lake, Montana.
Crater Lake, Oregon
Because Crater Lake isn't fed by any streams or rivers, scientists consider it to be the cleanest lake in the US and the entire world. It is also the clearest, with visibility up to 100 feet and sunlight pervading down some 400 feet.
Scandinavia and Finland
If you put them all together, it's clear that this region of the world is where one can find perhaps the cleanest and safest water flowing from taps. Just for good measure, Finland further filters its naturally clean water multiple times before it reaches the tap.
Two lakes. Blue Lake (below), in New Zealand's South Island, is the clearest lake in the world. It is fed by water from Lake Constance, above. Both are found just next to Mount Franklin, in the Tasman District's Nelson Lakes National Park.Where is the cleanest water on Earth? ›
While there are a few places that boast extremely clean water, such as Canada, Iceland, Antarctica, or even Upstate New York, the team of scientists determined that the cleanest water in the world was in the Patagonia region of Chile, Puerto Williams.Which lake has 22% of Earth's fresh water? ›
Lake Baikal, which holds more fresh water than any other lake on Earth, is responsible for a whopping 22% of it: over 23,000 cubic kilometers (5,600 cubic miles) worth.
The Blue Lake, New Zealand
This lake on New Zealand's South Island is the clearest lake in the world, according to science. In 2011, scientists from the country's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research conducted a study and found that the clarity of the lake is surpassed only by very clear seawater.
1. Lake Huron. Lake Huron, the second-largest of the Great Lakes, tops the list for its pristine turquoise waters, unparalleled shoreline sunrises, numerous lakeside parks, gorgeous beaches, and historic lighthouses.What are the dirtiest waters? ›
- Yangtze River, China. The Yangtze River flows for 6,300 km, with its river basin stretching over almost a fifth of China's land area. ...
- Ganges River, India. ...
- Citarum River, Indonesia. ...
- Yellow River, China. ...
- Huangpu River, China. ...
- Indus River, Pakistan and India.