Most tourists appre­ci­ate Aus­tria for its beau­ti­ful nature, excel­lent infra­struc­ture and excel­lent ser­vice. If you are going on a trip to this coun­try, pay atten­tion to this list of Aus­tri­an lakes, around which most of the coun­try’s resorts are con­cen­trat­ed. Although Aus­tria is land­locked, it has a num­ber of tru­ly stun­ning lakes, where not only for­eign tourists but also locals relax. Here you can sun­bathe on full-fledged beach­es against the back­drop of the majes­tic Alps, ride a bike on spe­cial routes, or enjoy nature dur­ing hik­ing excur­sions. If you are lucky enough to trav­el to Aus­tria, plan to vis­it at least one of these places. The selec­tion presents the 12 most beau­ti­ful lakes in Aus­tria.

Austrian lakes

Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: Aus­tria
Plansee

Lake Plansee is locat­ed in the Tyrol region of Aus­tria and is con­nect­ed by a canal to anoth­er lake, Heit­er­wang. Plansee is con­sid­ered a pop­u­lar place for row­ing, as both lakes are also con­nect­ed to sev­er­al rivers. This is a great place for nature lovers with miles of jog­ging trails, bike trails and even roller skat­ing trails. All this looks even more pic­turesque against the back­drop of the Alpine peaks. On Lake Plansee you can also go scu­ba div­ing or go fish­ing. Spe­cial pas­sen­ger fer­ries cross the lake sev­er­al times a day.

Traunsee

Anoth­er beau­ti­ful lake in the Salzkam­mergut is the Traun­see. This wide lake is pop­u­lar with out­door enthu­si­asts, but is even more famous for its own under­wa­ter myth­i­cal mon­ster called Lun­gi. Rumors about the under­wa­ter mon­ster Lun­gi are com­pa­ra­ble to the sto­ries of the Loch Ness mon­ster in Scot­land. Count­less attrac­tions along the banks of the Traun­see include the vil­lage of Traunkirchen and the amaz­ing medieval cas­tle of Alt­mün­ster.

Millstatter See

The steep coast­line of the Aus­tri­an lake Mill­stat­ter See makes it look like a Nor­we­gian fjord. The incred­i­ble land­scape com­bines moun­tain peaks, the Dra­va val­ley, and the wood­ed region of Hohgosh in the south. The moun­tains pro­tect the lake from cold win­ter winds, and in sum­mer the water tem­per­a­ture is great for swim­ming. Don’t miss the lake­side vil­lage of Mil­stat with its old 11th cen­tu­ry abbey.

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Grüner See

The name Grün­er See lit­er­al­ly trans­lates as Green Lake. This name is not at all acci­den­tal, as the waters of the lake have a clear green col­or with incred­i­ble vis­i­bil­i­ty. The lake is fed by melt water from the Karst Moun­tains, so even in sum­mer the water tem­per­a­ture is very low. Grün­er See attracts trav­el­ers with won­der­ful land­scapes, as well as the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dive into the depths of the lake. Of course, this can only be done with a local guide and in a wet­suit.

Weissensee

High in the Aus­tri­an Alps lies the Weis­sensee, or White Lake. This glacial lake is an incred­i­bly pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for all types of recre­ation. The ban on petrol pow­ered boats means the lake retains its peace­ful atmos­phere and the cel­e­bra­tion of the wild world. In sum­mer, vis­i­tors can cross the lake by canoe, fish for trout and hike along the banks. In win­ter, the slopes near the Weißensee become the main ski­ing area, where numer­ous sports com­pe­ti­tions are held.

Faaker See

Faak­er See is a lake in Aus­tria with the purest water that you can drink with­out any pri­or purifi­ca­tion. The excep­tion­al puri­ty of the water allows you to see the bot­tom along the entire length of the lake. Lake Faak­er has sev­er­al beach­es where you can relax, swim and sun­bathe for a small fee. It hosts a num­ber of impor­tant sport­ing events, includ­ing the annu­al Euro­pean Bike Week, the largest cycling ral­ly on the con­ti­nent. Fish­ing, ice skat­ing in win­ter and sight­see­ing are just a few of the pop­u­lar pas­times.

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Wörthersee

To find this stun­ning lake, head to the Aus­tri­an region of Carinthia. Back in the 19th cen­tu­ry, the entire Aus­tri­an aris­toc­ra­cy spent their sum­mers on the Wörthersee. Today, the Wörthersee attracts with its warmest waters in the coun­try, mak­ing the lake an ide­al place for sum­mer swim­ming. You can rent a bike in the small vil­lage of Portschach to tour the area. There are also sea­son­al sum­mer fer­ries that take pas­sen­gers to var­i­ous attrac­tions along the shores of the lake.

Mondsee

Mond­see is one of the largest pri­vate lakes in Aus­tria. It is also a stun­ning resort, allow­ing vis­i­tors to escape the hus­tle and bus­tle of every­day life. Men­tioned in the James Bond nov­el, Lake Mond­see is the epit­o­me of Aus­tri­a’s nat­ur­al beau­ty. From the view­ing plat­forms on the shore you can see the peaks of the Alps, and from the city of Mond­see you can see the leg­endary peak of Drachen­wand, or the Drag­on Wall.

Achensee

The largest lake in the Aus­tri­an region of Tyrol is Achensee, which is also called the Alpine Fjord. The lake itself is locat­ed right at the foot of the moun­tain. The col­or and clar­i­ty of the water make Achensee an unusu­al and very beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tion. Depend­ing on the sea­son, Achensee can look green or green­ish-blue, and vis­i­bil­i­ty is up to 10 meters. Top activ­i­ties on the lake include swim­ming and wind­surf­ing, as well as hik­ing in the vicin­i­ty of the Barenkopf moun­tain. Its slopes offer panoram­ic views of the lake.

wolfgangsee

The Salzkam­mergut is a resort area in Aus­tria that attracts trav­el­ers with its nature and beau­ti­ful lakes. One of the most beau­ti­ful lakes in Aus­tria is the Wolf­gangsee. The lake is named after Saint Wolf­gang, who built a church on the shore of the lake over 1,000 years ago. For the best views of the lake, take the Schaf­ber­bahn rail­way to the Schaf­berg peak, at the top of which there is an obser­va­tion plat­form.

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Zeller See

In the Aus­tri­an Alps, there is a rel­a­tive­ly small but very beau­ti­ful Lake Zeller. Due to its size, the Zellersee com­plete­ly freezes over in win­ter, becom­ing a full-fledged skat­ing rink and win­ter sports ground. Dur­ing the sum­mer you can swim, fish or kayak in the clear waters of the lake. In win­ter, crowds of locals gath­er here, skat­ing on the icy sur­face of the Zellersee. The lake is named after the near­by town of Zell am See, which fea­tures a 16th-cen­tu­ry cas­tle and an old Romanesque church.

Hallstatter

Lake Hall­statt, or Hall­stat­ter See is one of the many lakes in Aus­tria in the Salzkam­mergut region. The lake is sur­round­ed by moun­tains that form a pic­turesque oasis. The well-known city of Hall­stadt lies on the shore of the lake, with tra­di­tion­al Aus­tri­an archi­tec­ture and charm­ing sights. The area is pop­u­lar for its excur­sions in the moun­tains, as well as the unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to get a mas­ter class in scu­ba div­ing with an instruc­tor from Hall­stadt.