These lakes are must-visit sites for nature and landscape lovers. Here are the 15 most beautiful lakes of Europe, which will leave you in a trance…
Hallstatt Lake, Austria
A beautiful deep blue lake surrounded by green mountains and pastel coloured, bright villages makes it a magical place, straight out of a poet’s imagination. The fall season adds a tinge of bright orange, yellow and red colours, adding to the sheer beauty of Hallstatt Lake.
Plitvice Lake, Croatia
Inside a deep protected natural park, 16 crystal clear lakes merge into each other via series of beautiful gurgling streams, cascading waterfalls and hidden caves and coves filled with mineral rich waters. On top of that, an 18 km wooden track of footbridges and pathways, ensures a heavenly walking experience.
Lake Annecy, France
Turquoise waters of Lake Annecy surrounded by green rolling hills, a charming old town filled with pastel coloured houses and a medieval age Chateau! Seems like heaven isn’t it? Such scenic is the beauty that everyone is outdoors, enjoying the French cafes, cycling around the lake, hiking and swimming.
Konigsee Lake, Germany
At a distance of 5 kilometres from the beautiful resort town of Berchtesgaden, lies a pristine emerald Konigsee lake with pure and fresh drinking water. Germany’s highest lake is also the most stunning, surrounded by hills and the lakeside village of Schonau. Take a boat trip to see the onion domed chapel of St Bartholoma.
Lake Geneva, Switzerland
The largest lake in Western Europe, Lake Geneva flows across Switzerland’s East and French speaking canton of Vaud to north and stretches to France in the South. Along the banks of this stunningly beautiful lake lies the town of Lausanne and plenty of smaller towns and cantons. Frozen during the winters, Lake Geneva becomes a playground for hikers and skiers in the Vaud Alps.
Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Lake Lucerne has a special place in Swiss culture because of its sheer beauty marked by the presence of the famed Mt. Pilatus in the west, almond and alpine flowers on its northern slopes. The lake derives its name from English speakers and its actual name is Lake of The Four Cantons in German and French.
Lake Garda, Italy
Italy’s 7% tourism is based around the majestic Lake Garda, spread across the communes of Lombardy, Verona and Trentino. Famous designers, poets, politicians, dictators, actors and divas have been captivated by the charm of the Lake Garda.
Lake Como, Italy
Located in the shadows of the snow-covered Rhaetian Alps, the beautiful Lake Como and the beautiful Bellagio is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Classical Italian communes, filled with pastel coloured houses and rolling green hills.
Lake Maggiore, Italy
The second largest lake of Italy also spreads in to southern Switzerland and is filled with crystalline blue waters, snow-capped peaks and is the ground of exotic and rare breed of plants and beautiful gardens. Beautiful Italian cantons are located around the lake.
Wastwater Lake, England
Wastwater Lake is a part of the famed English Lake District and is the deepest lake in England. Located in Wasdale, west of the Lake District National Park, the south-western view of the Wastwater Lake was voted as the Britain’s Favourite View in 2007 and its rightly so!
Sognefjord is the largest fjord in Norway and is a beautiful landscape of vast stretch of waters surrounded by lofty cliffs and sleepy, colourful Norwegian settlements add contrast to the scenery. Admire the dramatic landscape of Naeroyfjord, which is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond is the second largest lake of Scotland after Loch Ness and is among the most famous lochs of Scotland. This magnificent fresh water lake is surrounded by the famed Scottish highlands and looks majestic. Regular cruises and water sports activities make it one of the most popular European lakes.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
The fairytale landscape of Lake Bled is driving the tourism marketing of Slovenia. Due to its pristine ambience, emerald waters, forested valleys, rolling hills and a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff, it makes for an ideal setting for backpackers.
Lake Saimaa, Finland
Lake Saimaa is the largest lake of Finland with a rich history of the region that dates back to the 17th century and is also a popular resort town. Russia controls half of the Lake Saimaa and has leased it to Finland till 2063. The lake is simply incredible and is filled with sheer natural beauty.
Lakes of Killarney, Ireland
Killarney is the Irish equivalent of English Lake District and is practising the trade of the tourism since the last 250 years. Killarney has three amazing lakes – Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake. These lakes offer the pristine opportunity to admire beautiful sunrises and sunsets.