Nothing says ‘Tirol’ better than a beautiful lake with a backdrop of lush green meadows giving way to craggy mountain peaks. Created by Peregrin Stimmer between 1928 and 1932, the Stimmersee in Langkampfen near Kufstein is a fine example of one such lake, albeit one which was artificially and not naturally formed. It covers 3.5 hectares, is situated at the foot of the Pendling mountain and is fed with exceptionally clean water by two small mountain streams.
According to statistics, the Stimmersee is one of the two cleanest swimming lakes in Austria. The water, which reaches 21°C in summer, can be easily accessed and remains shallow near the shore for many metres, making it ideal for children to splash around.
There are large sunbathing lawns on both the eastern and western shores of the lake, each equipped with WCs, changing cabins and cafés or restaurants serving food and drinks. Locals call the eastern side the Kufsteiner and the western side the Langkampfener. Between the two there are several hiking paths. Other attractions include a beach volleyball court and a play area for children.
The Stimmersee is ideal not only for day trips but also for longer stays. Accommodation is available in the Seehaus Stimmersee hotel, which has seminar facilities and cosy rooms looking out over the Kaiser Mountains and the lake.