On the swimming beaches, they stand ready for every kind of free time activity, and on the quiet shores, dreams set sail. In the villages, markets and small towns all around, life is glorious. The fish are brought to the table freshly caught. Those who experience the Salzkammergut little by little in the summer months give themselves a special present. Friendly valley landscapes, sunny meadow slopes, woods with clear, resiny smelling shadows, challenging rock and the freedom of the peak. With every new path, a new world opens itself. Every day brings fresh, unforgettable hiking happiness. Breathlessness mixes itself into the stillness of an incomparable landscape. As beautiful as the Salzkammergut may be, it is not harmless. It is actually rather steep for climbing and deep for diving. Rafting here is an adventure in the purest waters, and those who take the mountains under their wheels go full tilt
and have great fun doing it.
11km long Wolfgangsee is the SalzburgerLand’s largest. In addition to the two main resorts, St. Wolfgang and St. Gilgen, it has Strobl on its eastern shores, a pleasant town offering numerous hotels and campsites. To find out more visit: www.wolfgangsee.at
Fuschlsee and small Hintersee are both set amid scenic landscapes in the Salzkammergut region. The pretty Fuschlsee region is locate within easy reach of Salzburg and offers plenty of sports and leisure facilities as well as an old castle overlooking the lake.
Wallersee, Obertrumer See, Mattsee
The Salzburg Lake District comprises warm Wallersee and the three Trumer Lakes which all offer good swimming, walking and cycling. Water sports are also a big draw.
Zeller See enjoys a picturesque location near the Hohe Tauern national park and amid mountains. It offers a wide variety of water sports including sailing, water skiing and windsurfing. The resort of Zell am See is located on the lake’s western bank.
One thing all lakes in the SalzburgerLand region have in common, is their grade A water quality. Further information: www.salzburgerland.com
Austria’s southernmost lake is 26°C warm and its turquoise waters offer fun, sports and relaxation for the whole family.
Special features: Austria’s only car-free island, the European Bike Week in the fall, and a diverse cultural program at Burgruine Finkenstein from where you enjoy magnificent views of the surroundings.
Facilities: bathing beaches, sailing and windsurfing school, boat rental, nudist area, campsites, hotels.
Further information: www.wasserreich.at
Thanks to its 28°C warm water, Klopeinersee offers almost tropical swimming fun. People gather at the shores of the family-friendly lake from the beginning of May. On the hottest of summer days only the Obir Stalactite Caves, Austria’s largest and most colorful, offer respite from the heat. At a temperature of around 8°C you even have to dress up!
Facilities: bathing beaches, boat rental, campsites (nudist campsite),hotels
Water sports: scuba diving, fishing
Further information: www.klopeinersee.at
141-meter-deep Millstätter See is Carinthia’s second largest lake. It is attractively situated, bordered by tree-lined hills on its southern shores and a sprinkling of small resorts on its northern shores. The wide and flat shores of the 26°C warm lake are perfect for families with kids.
Water sports: water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, crazy banana, tubing, scuba diving, parasailing.
Facilities: bathing beaches, boat rental, nudist area, campsites, hotels.
Further information: www.millstatt-see.co.at
This emerald green, long and narrow lake between Gerlitzen mountain and the Oassiach Tauern range is Carinthia’s third largest. The venue of the Carinthian Culture Summer offers fun activities for young and old. How about some climbing action on the 1st Swimming Iceberg or water sliding fun with Carinthia’s longest waterslide? A popular outing destination south west of the lake is Burgruine Landskron. The castle, partially in ruins, is famous for its bird of prey show and the monkey mountain.
Special features: cycle path encircling the lake; bi-annual water skiing championships.
Sports facilities: sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba diving, crazy banana, tubing, parasailing.
Facilities: bathing beaches, boat rental, pleasure cruises, hotels, campsites.
Further information: www.wasserreich.at
Beautifully located amid mountains, forests and meadows, crystal-clear Pressegger See is also known as the Bathtub of Gailtal. Pressegger See boasts super clean water fit for drinking; thanks to the many sunshine hours here it is one of Austria’s warmest swimming lakes.
Sports: wind surfing, sailing, fishing;
Facilities: bathing beach with large play lawn, boat rental, wind surfing school, sports and leisure center, fun park, camping sites, hotels, etc.
Further information: www.hermagor.at
At 1000m above sea level, this is Carinthia’s highest lake. With a temperature of around 24°C the clear and clean water is refreshing even on the hottest of days, has a fantastic visibility and abounds with fish.
As two thirds of the lakeshores are protected under conservation laws, the area offers great scenic beauty. Ideal for those in search of peaceful relaxation as well as families with young children.
Sports facilities: windsurfing, crazy banana u. tubing, water-skiing, parasailing, fishing
Facilities: bathing beaches, pleasure cruises, boat rental, campsites, hotels.
Further information: www.weissensee.com
This is not only Carinthia’s largest lake, but also its most popular and famous thanks to plenty of film shootings. Wörthersee is 17km long, 1.6km wide and 27°C warm and offers a wealth of activities for the family.
Sports facilities: sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, crazy banana and tubing. Europe’s largest bathing beach is located on the lake’s eastern shores and boasts a giant waterslide, the venue of the annual international beach volleyball competition, and is the scene of the yearly Ironman Austria.
Facilities: bathing beaches, boat rental, nudist area, sailing and windsurfing schools, Casino (in Velden), bars, Kneipp facilities, hotels, campsites (nudist)
Further information: www.woerthersee.com
Lake Achensee is a natural lake created by glaciers, with a surface area of 719 ha. Activities: swimming, surfing, sailing, rowing, diving, fishing; cruises. There are two bathing areas: North and Schwarzenau; kiosk, camping grounds with restaurant, pedal boat rental, lodging available in all categories; average water temperature: 19°C.
More Information: www.achensee.com
Lovely mountain lake – ideal for bathing and for diving. Two camping grounds in Biberwier, Restaurant Zugspitzblick approximately 15 minutes from the lake. Water temperature: max. 23°C.
Water Reservoir Durlassboden
Bathing area with deck chairs at the pier of the sailing and surfing school, romantic lawns for sunbathing (approximately 10 min. walk) along the lakeshore, children’s playground, grill site; water temperatures reach up to 21°C in July and August; car access is possible until the crest of the dam, from there on a gravel road leads downhill to the pier – also accessible with a wheelchair. Row and pedal boat rental, sailing boat and surfboard rental; restaurants: Restaurant Seestüberl is located directly on the crest, Gasthof Finkau.
The 15,000 m² Going swimming lake offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities. Fun and action are guaranteed with Tirol’s longest open-air waterslide (100m) with tunnels and crossings, a water playscape, Kids’ Park with Pirate Ship, sand pits and plenty of more play facilities. The shores, which were revamped, and the new foot and cycle paths perfectly blend with the beauty of the surroundings.
Facilities: 50,000m² sunbathing lawn, large playground, snack stand, hot showers and beach volleyball facilities. Badesee Going, which is fed by the crystal-clear springs from the Wilder Kaiser mountains, was chosen Tirol’s most beautiful natural swimming lake by an international jury. The 28°C warm lake’s flat bathing beach has a separate area for children and non-swimmers.
Haldensee is known for its crystal-clear and clean waters. On the lake’s western shores is a Leisure Center with a solar-heated outdoor swimming pool, a beginners’ pool, a giant water slide, and an extensive sunbathing lawn right at the shores. On the eastern shores, in Haller, is a natural bathing beach offering relaxation and privacy.
Sports facilities: rowing and pedal boat rental at the beach-side café in Haldensee.
Bathing area, café, table tennis, water volleyball, playground, diving board, buffet, restaurant, boat rental; average water temperature: 20°C.
More Information: www. hechtsee.at
Lake Krummsee, Lake Reinthaler See
The Reintaler See and Krummsee bathing lakes are among Tirol’s warmest. The Krummsee bathing area offers aids for entering the lake, WC, nearby parking, well-trimmed sunbathing lawns with children’s playground, pedal boat rental, diving tower, deck chair and sunshade rental, buffet and inn with terrace on the lake. The average water temperature lies around 22-23°C, and reaches up to 25 °C in the summer.
More Information: www.krummsee.at
Bathing Lake Mieming
Volleyball and Basketball courts, 2 ha of sunbathing lawns, foosball, table tennis, children’s playground, café-restaurant with terrace, sunshade rental, Kneipp therapy center, water trampoline, deck chair rental, inflatable water hurdle slide, kiosk, restaurant “Leuchtturm“; average water temperature: 23-24°C.
Lake Natterer See
Facilities offered: sunbathing lawn, non-swimmer area, children’s bathing cove, 66m long giant water slide “Happy Swing”, boat rental (Barracuda speedboats, mini sailing boats, electric bumper boats “Splish Splash”), water toys, 3 children’s playgrounds, teepee camp, satellite TV room, Pool-Billiard, video games, open-air chess, water polo, water volleyball, water trampoline “Aqua Jump”, mistral “Windglider”, canoe rental, beach volleyball, street ball, mountainbike rental, table tennis, archery range, apartments and guesthouse, first rate camping grounds, restaurant with lake-side terrace, mini-market, buffet, kindergarden; average water temperature: 22-25°C.
More Information: www.natterersee.com
Lake Plansee is Tirol’s second largest lake, and also one of its cleanest, with grade A quality water. It offers a bathing area, camping grounds, Hotel Forelle, Hotel Seespitz, boat rental; the average water temperature lies around 21°C.
More Information: www.camping-plansee.at
This is one of the cleanest lakes in all of Austria, and with water temperatures reaching up to 24°C, it’s also one of Tirol’s warmest. Bathing areas, beach café, kiosk, Hotel Charlotte, camping grounds, boat rental, beach volleyball, table tennis, diving tower, Aqua-Jump!
More Information: www.thiersee.com
Lake Tristacher See
Infrastructure: Children’s playground, sunbathing lawns, terrace café, volleyball, table tennis, buffet, Parkhotel Tristacher See, camping grounds; average water temperature: 22-24°C.
Natural bathing lake with drinking quality water. Bathing area, café, kiosk, Hotel Restaurant Urisee; average water temperature: 18-23°C.