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Bathing lakes in Austria: A paradise for tourists

Austria offers numerous opportunities for tourists for every season: whether it's skiing holidays in winter, hiking holidays from spring to autumn or relaxing bathing holidays in the summer months – there's something for everyone in Austria. The landscape is enchanting thanks to picturesque lakes surrounded by forests and mountains and invites you to a relaxing bathing day in the heart of nature. In addition, most bathing lakes in Austria are very clean and often offer drinking water quality. Look forward to a refreshing bathing holiday in the most beautiful regions of Austria.

The most beautiful bathing lakes in Austria

With more than 25,000 lakes, Austria is a true paradise for bathers. The variety of lakes is unbeatable: From idyllic mountain lakes in nature reserves to lively beach resorts with a variety of water sports activities, everything is there. Romantik has put together a selection of Austria's most beautiful bathing lakes for you to prepare you ideally for your next holiday.

The Achensee

The mountain lake Achensee is the largest lake in Tyrol and has excellent water quality. Embedded in the Karwendel nature reserve, the shores of the lake are accessible to everyone. Thanks to the unique mountain location, the water stays cool even in summer and reaches temperatures of up to 20°C. Swimmers can choose between five beaches and beach baths around the lake. In addition to bathing tourists, the lake is also very popular with anglers and divers.

Lake Altaussee

The Altausseer lake is particularly known for its crystal clear water with its intense dark blue colour and is also called the "dark blue inkwell" because of its special colour. It lies in the middle of the Styrian Salzkammergut and convinces by its naturalness. This is preserved thanks to the fact that it belongs to the nature reserve, which is why the shores of the lake are almost unspoilt. From spring to autumn the lake invites you to swim and linger.

Hotel tip at Lake Altaussee

The Romantik Hotel Seevilla is located at the Lake Altaussee, which invites its guests for a relaxing swim thanks to its own beach. Far away from mass tourism, guests can find a place to recharge their batteries and relax in the hotel's own wellness area. Summer and winter the Romantik Hotel Seevilla is perfectly situated for the many activities in the surrounding area.

Lake Attersee

The Attersee is the largest lake in Austria, which is also completely in the country. Situated in the middle of the Upper Austrian Salzkammergut, the water of the glacier lake is exceptionally pure and clear. Even under water it is possible to see up to 25 meters. With several beach baths as well as an adventure pool and water temperatures of up to 25°C, the Attersee invites you to a bathing holiday in the summer months.
Tip: For a longer stay at the Attersee it is advisable to purchase the Attersee swimcard, which allows admission to up to seven bathing beaches.

Lake Mondsee

Mondsee is also located in the Salzkammergut in the immediate vicinity of the Attersee lake. The water of the Mondsee has drinking water quality and convinces therefore by its special purity and cleanliness. On the shore of the 14 km2 large lake, numerous sandy and meadow beaches make a pleasant stay possible. Loibichl, Plomberg and Black India are among the most beautiful bathing places on the lake. A special highlight: The village of See am Mondsee is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enchants nature lovers with its beautiful mountain scenery.

Lake Wolfgangsee

With 13 km2 the lake Wolfgangsee is one of the most famous lakes in the Salzkammergut region. The lake shore invites tourists to stay and also offers numerous water sports activities. Above all water skiing, water tyres or parasailing ensure variety in your bathing holiday. In addition, the lake can be explored wonderfully with pedal boats and electric boats.

Hotel tip in Salzkammergut

The Romantik Hotel im Weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee offers its guests the ideal starting point for exploring the idyllic bathing lakes in the region directly by the lake. The hotel combines Austrian tradition with modern elements and invites you to relax in the large SPA area. Particularly in the culinary area, the hotel's own restaurants spoil their guests with delicacies from Austrian cuisine and an exclusive selection of wines from the traditional Rössl rock cellar.

Lake Weißensee

Lake Weißensee is the highest bathing lake in Carinthia and is located at 930 metres above sea level. The water quality of the lake is excellent and with an area of 6.5 km2 the lake invites you to swim on its shores. Due to the up to 2000 hours of sunshine per year, the temperatures are very pleasant and the water reaches up to 24°C with excellent water quality.


Between Carinthia and Styria you will discover the idyllic mountain lake Turracher on the Turracher Höhe. At an altitude of 1,763 metres, it offers holidaymakers numerous activities against a dreamlike backdrop. The water temperature of the lake does not rise above 18°C even in summer and allows for a successful cooling down after a strenuous hike. Lake Turrach is covered with a thick layer of ice for about half of the year. Not far from the lake are the Turracher Grünsee and the Turracher Schwarzsee, which also invite you to take a refreshing swim.


On the sunny side of Lake Turracher, in the middle of the skiing area and not far from the Nockberge National Park, the Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt welcomes you. This oasis for young and old is particularly suitable for families and, in addition to extensive childcare, offers above all time for relaxation in the hotel's own wellness area and regional cuisine with products from the region.

Lake Millstätter See

Lake Millstätter See is 11.5 km long and has ten bathing beaches with spacious sunbathing lawns, some of which also have sandy beaches. Thanks to the many hours of sunshine during the year, temperatures of up to 28°C can be reached in the bays when there is no wind. Due to its variety of fish, Lake Millstätter See is also very popular with anglers.

Hotel tip Lake Millstätter See

The Romantik SPA Hotel Seefischer am See is in Döbriach directly on Lake Millstätter See in an unspoilt bay with its own marina. The hotel has an ideal starting position for its guests all year round, no matter whether it is a bathing holiday in summer, a hiking holiday or a skiing holiday in winter. The Romantik SPA Hotel Seefischer am See offers its guests a spacious wellness area and enables a relaxing holiday directly at the picturesque lake.

Lake Zell

In summer the lake Zell invites guests to swim, sail and surf and convinces above all thanks to its unforgettable view of the idyllic surroundings. In the beach resorts of Zell am See, Thumersbach and Schüttdorf you can go on boat and sailing trips in addition to bathing. The drinking water quality of the lake can be as private motor boats are not allowed.

Hotel tip Zell am See

The Romantik Hotel Zell am See is one of the most traditional buildings in the idyllic mountain town of Zell am See. Situated directly on the beautiful lake, you can expect a relaxing stay with an outdoor pool and an atmospheric rose garden. The Romantik Hotel Zell am See invites its guests to swim, dive and sail only 50 metres away from the lake shore.

Green lake

The Green lake is not a lake in Austrian Styria, yet it offers you an unforgettable stay. Every year, when the snow melts, the Tragößertal is transformed from a mountain meadow into a crystal-clear, emerald green underwater world, creating a lake up to ten metres deep. Underneath the surface, divers will find an extraordinary world of sunken meadows, bushes, paths and trees.