Austria’s 7 Most Beautiful Lakes for Bathing & Swimming
These are Austria's most beautiful lakes to spend a summer day swimming - or just lazing around.
Vienna’s sunny spots are as diverse as the city itself. Whether over a cool lemonade at the beach bar, with tasty street food along the Danube Canal or wrapped in a bathrobe at the Old Danube: allow us to introduce you to Vienna’s best sunny spots!
The warm sand envelops my bare feet and its grains tickle between my toes. The chilled lemonade cools me down. I am lying on one of the many deckchairs at Strandbar Herrmann in downtown Vienna with my eyes closed and sunglasses perched on my nose. The rhythmic feel-good background music blends into the chirpy voices of the people that surround me. I lay my head back and stretch the tip of my nose towards the sun, which covers my face like a soothing veil. A smile creeps across my face. But why?
The sun influences our wellbeing on several levels. Our sleep-wake rhythm, hormonal balance, body temperature, and performance are significantly affected by solar radiation. Those who always feel tired might be missing out on their daily dose of sunlight. But how is this linked to energy levels? When it gets dark, the body produces the sleep hormone melatonin, which makes us tired. As soon as it gets lighter outside, we break the melatonin down and our body releases serotonin. This wakes and perks us up. Since the days are longer in the summer months, our serotonin level rises automatically. The result: we feel fitter, more awake, and happier.
Has this whet your appetite for a long sun session? Here are the best places to enjoy the sun in Vienna.
Authors: Laura Elsayed and Corinna Meyer