As you all know, I love extraordinary landscapes of all shapes and sizes. After all, what better way to end a strenuous hike than taking a rest by a turquoise mountain lake and dipping your toes into the cold water? So my lovely hiking friends, let me show you some of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and South Tyrol.
I don’t know about you guys, but when I was little I always dreaded the possibility of mum and dad dragging us all out for another walk… Well, now that a few years have passed since since our childhoods I think most of us have come to realise just how amazing hiking can be. Mountains and hills as far as the eye can see, fresh air and nothing but the sounds of nature – sometimes there’s just nothing better! Well today I thought I’d take a closer look at the Alps and what beautiful secrets they’re hiding. Join me on a journey to see the 5 most beautiful lakes in the Alps!
Lake Prags is situated in a unique location in the middle of the Dolomites in South Tyrol at a height of 1469 metres above sea level. From the holiday resort Val Pusteria, you can easily reach this mountain lake by car or after a lovely hike and find yourself by the edge of the crystal clear, deep-blue water!
Enjoy the breathtaking setting with a boat trip around the lake. If you’re feeling particularly brave you could go for a dip in the water too. But be warned – it’s bloody freezing! However there is a small beach on the southern shores of the lake, so you can warm yourselves up again under the intensive mountain sun. The best way to take in the views of the “Pearl of the Dolomites” is by taking a little stroll around the lake. It takes a little more than an hour to walk around and is a great outing for families. If after a nice stroll you fancy a trip into the surrounding mountains, then the lake is the perfect place to start from.
Germany’s most beautiful lake – the Königssee
Tucked away in the south of Bavaria in the heart of the Bechtesgaden Alps is the stunning Königssee. The lake immediately blew me away with its emerald-green colour and idyllic landscape, and it’s even considered to be one of the cleanest lakes in Germany.
Sail across the waters to the pint-sized Baroque church, St. Bartholomew’s, and admire the reflection of the magical Watzmann mountain in the glistening water. Even in the middle of summer, the fjord-like lake remains very cold with a maximum depth of 192 metres. Perfect for a cool down after a hike up the nearby mountains, which are always popular with budding hikers and adventurers. A little travel tip of mine: Königssee is also worth a visit in winter. When the lake is surrounded by snow-covered mountains, you can also spend some time tearing it up on the pistes at the nearby ski resorts.
Lake Eibsee and Zugspitze
Lake Eibsee is situated at a whopping 1,000m above sea level at the foot of the mighty Zugspitze mountain. A trip to the Eibsee while on holiday to the region of Germany’s tallest mountain will be an absolute highlight! Take a short boat ride with a motor boat, named by the locals as a Reserl, or simply take a wander around the lake on foot. The turquoise coloured lake with eight small islands gets its name from the yew trees (called Eiben in German), which used to stretch for miles around the lake. Now the trees can only be found scattered around the lake in the odd places of nearby forests. Spend the night right on the lake in the Eibsee Hotel and start the day by enjoying a view of this wonder of nature at breakfast.
Lake Millstatt, located in the Austrian state of Carinthia, is a little different to the previous mountain lakes that I’ve mentioned so far in this article. It’s situated in a wide valley and it’s known as a centre of tourism in the region. However, that does not mean that it’s completely overrun with tourists! The village directly on the lake is the perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday with a mountainous backdrop. Whether sunbathing by the water’s edge, hiking or cycling – everyone is guaranteed to have an amazing time here no matter what your tastes are! A hike through the lush nature offers superb views of the Millstatt Lake in the valley. Why not walk along the so-called Path of Love with your partner! At the end, you can enjoy a delicious Brettljause, a traditional Austrian platter of cheese and meats, in one of the many mountain pastures.
It’s all about getting that perfect photograph here! The breathtaking Lake Riffelsee reflects the distinctive peak of the Matterhorn mountain in its waters like a mirror. The lake is somewhat off the beaten path, away from the main hiking routes from Zermatt. Walk along the path around the Riffelsee and be sure to bring your camera with you! Depending on the time of year, you can occasionally see swathes of alpine flowers and rare wildlife such as the Alpine ibex.
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