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Swimming & Water Sports

There is certainly no shortage of lakes in Austria, so browse our selection of the best per province. Enjoy a refreshing dip, give diving a go, or take a sailboat out for the day. Whatever your choice of activity, in Austria you can always be sure that the water is so good you could drink it.

Bathing Lakes in Austria

Lake Constance in Vorarlberg © Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing / Johanna Meusburger Lake Constance in Vorarlberg © Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing / Johanna Meusburger

Vorarlberg

Take in an opera on Lake Constance or kick back on the sandy shores and let the gentle waves of one of Vorarlberg's lesser known aqua beauties trickle over your toes.
Bathing Lakes in Vorarlberg
Lake Plansee in Tirol © Österreich Werbung / Gruenert Lake Plansee in Tirol © Österreich Werbung / Gruenert

Tirol

The "Heart of the Alps" where some 10,000 clean springs bubble to the surface offers a wonderful combination of majestic mountains and glittering lakes which are up to 27°C warm.
Bathing Lakes in Tirol
View of Altaussee, Styria © Österreich Werbung / Weinhaeupl W. View of Altaussee, Styria © Österreich Werbung / Weinhaeupl W.

Styria

These sky blue lakes are large enough for boat trips, although the warm shores are never far away. Relax and enjoy your summer in Styria, the "Green Heart of Austria".
Bathing Lakes in Styria
Fuschlsee, Salzburg province © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver Fuschlsee, Salzburg province © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver

Salzburg

185 lakes adorn the landscape across the Salzkammergut region, through mountain valleys and on distant peaks. SalzburgerLand's lakes all have one thing in common: the extraordinary quality of their water.
Bathing Lakes in Salzburg
Lake Wörthersee © Kärnten Werbung / Tine Steinthaler Lake Wörthersee © Kärnten Werbung / Tine Steinthaler

Carinthia

Carinthia is not known as "Austria's Riviera" without reason. This South Eastern corner of Austria is blissfully warm in summer, providing excellent swimming and tanning oppurtunties at its many beautiful lakes.
Bathing Lakes in Carinthia
Lake Neusiedl © Österreich Werbung/Volker Preusser Lake Neusiedl © Österreich Werbung/Volker Preusser

Burgenland

Often overshadowed by better known destinations, Burgenland is decidedly different. There are no high mountains here and very little snow, but 300 days of annual sunshine with a wonderfully mild climate.
Bathing Lakes in Burgenland
The adorable town of Hallstatt located at Lake Hallstatt © Österreich Werbung/Weinhäupl The adorable town of Hallstatt located at Lake Hallstatt © Österreich Werbung/Weinhäupl

Upper Austria

Along the Salzkammergutweg, the most famous Upper Austrian lakes and warm thermal springs of drinking water quality line up like beautiful pearls on a string, surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop.
Bathing Lakes in Upper Austria
Lobau bei Wien © Österreich Werbung/Diejun Lobau bei Wien © Österreich Werbung/Diejun

Vienna

Vienna is known around the world as the city on the Danube, but it is also home to wetlands, streams, ponds and lakes. In short, there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip when visiting the capital.
Bathing Lakes in Vienna
Lunzer See / Ötscherland © Österreich Werbung/Jezierzanski Lunzer See / Ötscherland © Österreich Werbung/Jezierzanski

Lower Austria

Several lakes serve as backdrop for regional festivals in Lower Austria. Take Lunzer See, for example, which hosts the annual "Wellenklänge". Or the Herrensee and its "Schrammel.Klang.Festival".
Bathing Lakes in Lower Austria

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