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Five Mountain Lakes for Swimming and Sports

30.07.2020 in Recommendations


Lake Achensee is the largest and most well-known body of water in Tirol, but the region is home to many more lakes where visitors can try sailing, water-skiing, diving and other watersports – or simply cool off with a swim on a hot summer's day. Here are five of our favourite mountain lakes in Tirol.
Swim, sun, surf: something for everyone

1. Walchsee | Walchsee

The biggest challenge at the Walchsee lake in the Kaiserwinkl region is deciding what to do first. How about a trip around the lake on a pedalo or rowing boat? Or a bit of wind surfing? Or a bit of water skiing? Or simply a cooling dip in the turquoise waters when things get hot. North-west of the lake you will find the largest area of moorland in North Tirol – an area of land which, many millions of years ago, used to form part of the lake itself.

The Walchsee lake in the Kaiserwinkl region. Photo: TVB: KaiserwinklThe Walchsee lake in the Kaiserwinkl region. Photo: TVB: Kaiserwinkl

2. Schwarzsee | Kitzbühel

The name Schwarzsee may translate as „black lake“, but the water here is crystal clear. This small lake between Kitzbühel and Reith is takes its name from the fact that it is a moorland lake, even if the water is more emerald green than spooky black. Visitors can enjoy the wonderful landscape either from the sunbathing area on the shore or while exploring the lake in a rowing boat. It is one of the warmest lakes in Tirol in summer, with water temperatures reaching a positively tropical 27°C.

The Schwarzsee lake near Kitzbühel. Photo: Kitzbühel Tourismus / Kurt TropperThe Schwarzsee lake near Kitzbühel. Photo: Kitzbühel Tourismus / Kurt Tropper

3. Hintersteiner See | Scheffau

Visitors to the Hintersteiner See don’t need to take any beverages with them: the water in the lake is clean enough to drink. At 55 hectares in size and up to 35 metres deep, it enjoys a fine location at the foot of the majestic Wilder Kaiser Moountains. There is a snack bar on the shore as well as a number of restaurants nearby. The lake is fed by an underground spring.

The Hintersteiner See lake in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains.The Hintersteiner See lake in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains.

The Reintaler See is one of the most relaxing lakes in Tirol

4. Reintaler See | Kramsach

The water in the Reintaler See may not be tropically warm, but in the summer months it reaches a very pleasant 26°C. This lake near Kramsach measures 29 hectares in size and is up to 10 metres deep. There are also four smaller lakes nearby. The Reintaler See is one of the most relaxing lakes in Tirol, with a large play area for children, a nude area and a beach volleyball court. Fishing is also permitted.

High above the Reintaler See lake. Photo: Alpbachtal Tourismus / Gabriele GrießenböckHigh above the Reintaler See lake. Photo: Alpbachtal Tourismus / Gabriele Grießenböck

An alpine lake with fabulous views

5. Blindsee | Biberwier

Rocky peaks, thick forests and in the middle of it all a sparkling turquoise jewel: the Blindsee lake. Just a short walk from the Fernpassstraße road, the Blindsee lake at 1,093 metres above sea level is an alpine lake with fabulous views. It is a popular spot for diving, though a license is required as the lake is privately owned. Nevertheless, the lake is accessible free of charge to swimmers.

Der Blindsee unweit des Fernpass.Der Blindsee unweit des Fernpass.

Seeing Tirol through the eyes of a visitor - and through the lens of his camera - Berlin journalist and photographer Sebastian Höhn answers the call of the mountains. Hiking through the high country makes him feel like he is on top of the world. And, it’s a great way to get a break from the busy bustle of the city.

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