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Austrian National Tourist Office / Julius Silver

Austria’s 6 Most Beautiful Lakes for Bathing & Swimming

It’s a perfect summer day. The waves lazily lapping against your feet, the sunrays dancing on the water. You can’t decide if the lake is more 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, where tiny fish scurry about.

These are Austria’s most beautiful lakes for spending just such a day:

1. Achensee Lake in Tirol

Sometimes dubbed “Tirol’s ocean”, 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 its crystal-clear water. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and lush green meadows, Achensee lake offers surfing, sailing, paddleboating, and diving to action-minded tourists.

How to get there:

Easily accessible by car, Achensee lake is located just 45 minutes from Innsbruck in Tirol. By train, it can be reached by travelling to Jenbach station, then taking a free bus, the local steam railway, or a taxi. Find detailed directions here.

  • 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
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Bathing at the jetty in Pertisau am Achensee

Bathing at the jetty in Pertisau am Achensee

Achensee Tourismus

2. Attersee Lake in Upper Austria

Located in the heart of Austria’s lake region, Attersee lake has a special artsy, laid-back flair. Enjoy a stroll through “Little Venice” – an area full of meditarrenan-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.

How to get there:

Located about halfway between Salzburg and Linz, the Attersee region can easily be reached by car via the A1 motorway, or by train via the Frankenmarkt, Vöcklamarkt, Vöcklabruck, or Attnang-Puchheim stations. Find directions here.

  • Altitude: 469 m / 1,539 ft
  • Surface area: 46,2 km2 / 11,416 ac
  • Max water depth: 169 m / 554 ft

 

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Sailboat at the Lake Attersee

Sailboat at the Lake Attersee

Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner

3. Neusiedler See in Burgenland

Neusiedler See (or Lake Neusiedl) is pretty special in a few respects: 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 of birds here than at any other inland lake in Europe, and wine lovers will be able to try a variety of local vintages.

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. More details here.

  • 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
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Ike Hodits doing stand-up paddling on Lake Neusiedl

Ike Hodits doing stand-up paddling on Lake Neusiedl

Austrian National Tourist Office / Dietmar Denger

4. Weissensee Lake in Carinthia

Its location on the southern side of the Alps is unbeatable: You get all the mountainous beauty you could ask for, combined with 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. The fjord-like

Weissensee lake welcomes you with clear, emerald water, great hiking and biking trails, and activities like surfing, stand-up paddling, and fishing.

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. Learn more.

  • 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
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Jumping into Lake Weissensee

Jumping into Lake Weissensee

Austrian National Tourist Office / Peter Podpera

5. Wolfgangsee Lake in Upper Austria and SalzburgerLand

Surrounded by forests, meadows, and mountains, Wolfgangsee lake (or Lake Wolfgang) straddles the border between Upper Austria and SalzburgerLand. On its shores, you’ll find one chocolate-box village after the other – visit St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang, or Strobl if you get a chance. A vintage cable car takes you up Zwölferhorn mountain to one of the region’s most beautiful viewpoints.

How to get there:

The closest airport is Salzburg. From Salzburg, take bus 150 to Strobl, then change to bus 546. Find detailed directions here.

  • 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
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Strobl am Wolfgangsee Lake Wolfgangsee Salzkammergut

Strobl am Wolfgangsee Lake Wolfgangsee Salzkammergut

Austrian National Tourist Office / Wolfgang Weinhäupl

6. Wörthersee Lake in Carinthia

Wörthersee lake or Lake Wörth is the largest lake in Carinthia, and, due to climatic conditions, one of the warmest Alpine lakes 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. A fruity cocktail in hand, you’ll listen to the waves pattering and watch the warm sun rays reflect in the water’s surface.

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.

  • Altitude: 450 m / 1,476 ft
  • Surface area: 19.4 km2 / 4,793 ac
  • Avg depth: 42 m / 138 ft
  • Max depth: 84.6 m / 278 ft
  • Max temperature: 28°C / 82.4°F
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Pyramidenkogel at the Lake Wörthersee

Pyramidenkogel at the Lake Wörthersee

Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH
  • Lido, Achenkirch, Achensee

    Lido, Achenkirch, Achensee

    Achensee Tourismus
  • Stand up paddle tour at Achensee

    Stand up paddle tour at Achensee

    Achensee Tourismus
  • A refreshing day with the familiy

    A refreshing day with the familiy

    Achensee Tourismus
  • SEE-Bad im Atoll Achensee, FAMILY Eldorado

    SEE-Bad im Atoll Achensee, FAMILY Eldorado

    Atoll Achensee
  • Kite surfer at Lake Neusiedl

    Kite surfer at Lake Neusiedl

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Ralf Kreuels
  • lake wolfgangsee

    lake wolfgangsee

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Julius Silver
  • Lighthouse in Podersdorf / Lake Neusiedl / Burgenland

    Lighthouse in Podersdorf / Lake Neusiedl / Burgenland

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Jeff Bartlett
  • Two cyclists looking for cooling off in Lake Neusiedl

    Two cyclists looking for cooling off in Lake Neusiedl

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Martin Steinthaler
  • Lake Attersee

    Lake Attersee

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Reinhold Leitner
  • Weyregg Lake Attersee

    Weyregg Lake Attersee

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Wolfgang Weinhäupl
  • Lake Attersee

    Lake Attersee

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Reinhold Leitner
  • Lake Weissesee

    Lake Weissesee

    Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • Splashing and having fun in Lake Weissensee

    Splashing and having fun in Lake Weissensee

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Peter Podpera
  • Swimming and splashing in Lake Weissensee

    Swimming and splashing in Lake Weissensee

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Peter Podpera
  • Wörthersee Carinthia

    Wörthersee Carinthia

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Peter Burgstaller
  • Swimming in Lake Wörthersee

    Swimming in Lake Wörthersee

    Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH / Gernot Gleiss
  • Wörthersee east bay

    Wörthersee east bay

    Arnold Pöschl
  • Lake Wörthersee

    Lake Wörthersee

    Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH / Franz Gerdl
    Wörthersee
  • family at lake Wolfgangsee

    family at lake Wolfgangsee

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Sebastian Stiphout
  • Sunset at the lake Wolfgangsee

    Sunset at the lake Wolfgangsee

    SalzburgerLand Tourism
  • Wolfgangsee lake boat tour

    Wolfgangsee lake boat tour

    Salzburg AG