DISCOVER THE LARGEST LAKES IN EUROPE THIS SUMMER!
If we recently talked about the best lakes to visit in Germany, today we want to refer to the longest lakes in Europe that will take your breath away. Are you trying to make the most of your vacation? We will help you! 😉
The best European lakes where to get lost this summer
Lake Hallstätter See (Austria)
In the most mountainous area of Austria hides one of the most beautiful and magical lakes in Europe, Lake Hallstätter See! Formed by the waters of the River Traun, a tributary of the Danube, it’s an ideal lake for fishermen and where pike and trout abound. At the foot of the mountain range stands the village of Hallstätter, a beautiful village with colorful houses and flowery gardens!
Covadonga Lakes (Spain)
Asturias is undoubtedly one of the greenest lands in Spain and one of its charms is the lakes of Covadonga, in the Picos de Europa. Of glacial origin, these two lakes (Enol and Ercina) are surrounded by green meadows where cattle graze. Before going up to the lakes you can enjoy the impressive Basilica of Covadonga and all the monuments that surround it 😉.
Lake Como (Italy)
Of glacial origin, Lake Como is, together with Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, the most famous and visited lakes in northern Italy. It has an area of 146 km2 and a maximum depth of 410 meters. It’s surrounded by large villas where famous people such as George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin have their second homes.
Kerid Crater (Iceland)
A crater lake? That can only happen on the fantastic island of Iceland! In the area of Grímsnes, this lake formed inside this crater stands out for its intense blue that contrasts with the reddish of the surrounding earth, the black of the accumulated ash, and the green of the moss that grows. A unique and unrepeatable beauty that requires a good excursion on foot.
Lake Geneva (Switzerland-France)
Located on the border between France and Switzerland, it’s Western Europe’s largest lake. The lake drinks from the waters of the Rhone river. In this lake, you can visit many tourist sites, from the Castle of Chichon, where the philosopher Rousseau and the poet Lord Byron lived, to the cities of Geneva, Lausanne, and Montreux, among others.
Loch Duich (Scotland)
We could highlight Loch Ness, but we want you to discover Loch Duich, one of the most characteristic Scottish landscapes. Located in the Highlands region, this lake has a small islet on which rests a stone castle of great beauty and is connected to the shore by a medieval bridge. Famous are the legends about mermaids that surround this land.
Lake of Killarney National Park (Ireland)
With more than 38.6102 sq mi, Killarney National Park is one of the largest in Europe. It’s, unsurprisingly, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Its lake conveys an almost beatific calm and is a must-see if you visit Ireland this summer.
Plitvice Lakes (Croatia)
Croatia is undoubtedly one of the European countries that hide more charming corners and the Plitvice Lakes are a good example. 16 freshwater lakes of absolutely crystalline waters connected by beautiful waterfalls and home to up to 22 endangered species. A natural paradise very well cared for and that has as a jewel the Great Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Croatia.
Lake Bled (Slovenia)
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Slovenia is this beautiful glacial lake surrounded by mountains. It highlights the small island of Bled in the center of the lake with the beautiful Church of the Assumption surrounded by trees. On the northern shore is located Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia. The lake is also very popular for rowing.
Lake Ohrid (Macedonia)
Very close to the border with Albania, Lake Ohrid is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Macedonia. It’s considered one of the oldest lakes in the world, along with Titicaca and Lake Baikal. It’s also the deepest lake in the Balkans (288 m).
On one side of this natural lake is the city of Ocrida, one of the most beautiful cities in the country with different beaches on the shores of the lake and various Byzantine monasteries.
Lake Sainte Croix (France)
In French Provence, one of the most beautiful places in France extends the lake of Sainte Croix. Fed by the Verdon River, it contains emerald waters that in summer are filled with tourists who refresh themselves or practice water sports such as paddle surfing, kayaking, or windsurfing. It should be noted that it is an artificial lake and has an area of 2,200 hectares.
Lake Sognefjord (Norway)
Norway is a land of fjords and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful is the Sognefjord. In this fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we find the longest and deepest lake in Norway. The Sognefjord reaches its maximum depth at 1,300 meters below sea level, while the mountains along the fjord rise to more than 1,700 meters in altitude. The fjord is surrounded by small and beautiful villages where to stay.
Lake Lucerne (Switzerland)
Also known as the Lake of the Four Cantons, it has an area of 114 km2. It’s a lake bathed by the waters of the Reuss and surrounded by various mountains of medium height. In addition, in the city of Lucerne, you can stroll through the historic center and taste the exquisite local cuisine.
Konigsee Lake (Germany)
Nestled in the middle of the Bavarian Alps, this emerald green body of water is considered one of the cleanest and clearest lakes in Bavaria. It’s part of the Berchtesgaden National Park.
On the west side of the lake rises Mount Watzmann, the third highest mountain in Germany, and at its foot rests the famous Eiskapelle (ice chapel), a vaulted ice grotto, which forms in the summer months and is accessible by a path. But undoubtedly one of the must-see sights around the lake is St. Bartholomew’s Chapel, with its white facade and its characteristic reddish roof and domes.