List of some of the Lakes in Austria

  • Almsee
  • Attersee
  • Eissee
  • Faaker See
  • Fuschlsee
  • Grüner See (Styria)
  • Hallstätter See
  • Irrsee
  • Klopeiner See
  • Millstätter See
  • Mondsee
  • Lake Neusiedl (Neusiedler See)
  • Traunsee
  • Wolfgangsee
  • Wörthersee
  • Zeller See


Almsee is a lake in Upper Austria in the Almtal valley, south of the town of Grünau im Almtal. The lake lies in the northern portion of the Totes Gebirge mountains and is about 2.3 km by 700 m wide.

The lake drains through Alm. Since 1965, the area around the Almsee is under nature conservation. Konrad Lorenz made important observations of the Greylag Goose on the lake.


Attersee (also known as the Kammersee or Lake Attersee) is the largest lake of the Salzkammergut area of Austria. It extends for about 20 km from north to south and 4 km from east to west. Its water comes from the Seeache, which flows out of another lake, the Mondsee. The Höllengebirge (literally meaning mountains of hell), with a height of up to 1,800 m, are located southeast of the lake. Situated to the southwest of the lake is the Schafberg (the “Sheep Mountain”, 1,782 m). At Litzlberg, there is a small island château, which Gustav Klimt frequently visited during the summer. Due to its steady winds and clean water quality, Attersee is famous for attracting sailors and swimmers alike. During the season numerous sailing competitions are held. One of the most cherished winds on Attersee is the so-called “Rosenwind” meaning “breeze of roses”. It is an easterly wind that crosses a castle’s rose garden and fills the air across the lake with the smell of roses. The best time to visit Attersee is during spring, summer and autumn. Because of the lake’s size and despite the cold temperatures during winter the lake rarely freezes. The last time the lake was entirely covered with ice was in the late 1940s, when people were seen skating and riding motorcycles across the thickly frozen surface of the lake

Lake Constance – Bodensee

Lake Constance -Bodensee is a freshwater lake on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps, and consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee (“upper lake”), the Untersee (“lower lake”), and a connecting stretch of the Rhine, called the Seerhein. Lake Constance is central Europe’s third largest, after Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva.

The lake is situated in Germany, Switzerland and Austria near the Alps. Its shorelines lie in the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, and the Swiss cantons of Thurgau, St Gallen and Schaffhausen. The river Rhine flows into the lake from the south, with its original course forming the Austro-Swiss border, and has its outflow of the “Lower Lake” where – except from Schaffhausen, see above – it forms the German-Swiss border until the city Basel.

Faaker See

Photographer Hans Peter Schaefer

Faaker See – Faaker  is an alpine lake in the Austrian state of Carinthia. With a surface of approximately 2.2 km² it is the state’s fifth largest lake. Faaker See is a popular vacation and bathing destination, known for its clear turquoise water. Fishing, especially for whitefish (Reinanke) is also quite popular.

It is located south of Villach and the Drava river at the northern slope of the Karawanken mountain range. The settlements of Drobollach and Egg on the northern shore belong to the City of Villach. The village ofFaak in the southwest, after which the lake is named, is part of the Finkenstein municipality.

In 1855, the Faaker Lake inspired the Slovene composer and priest Franc Treiber to compose the song Nmav ?ez izaro (“Over the Lake”), which soon became one of the most famous Slovene folk songs, and it’s considered to these days the unofficial anthem of Carinthian Slovenes.


Fuschlsee is a lake in the Salzkammergut, Austria. Its surface is approximately 2.7 km² and its maximum depth is 66 metres.

Grüner See

Grüner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria near the town of Tragöß. The lake is surrounded by the Hochschwab mountains and forests. The name “Green Lake” originated because of its emerald green water.The clean and clear water comes from the snowmelt from the karst mountains and has a temperature of 6-8°C (42.8-46.4°F). During the winter, the lake is only 1–2 m deep and the surrounding area is used as a county park. However, during the spring, when the temperature rises and the water melts the basin of land below the mountains fill with water.The lake reaches its maximum depth of around 12 m from mid-May to June and is claimed to look the most beautiful at this time. In July, the water begins to recede. The lake supports a variety of fauna such as snails, water fleas (Daphnia pulex), small crabs, fly larvae, and different species of trout (Salmo).The flora is not abundant because of the rocky bottom of the lake. Furthermore, the lake’s depth is variable since its inflow comes from snowmelt.

The lake is popular among divers who can observe the green meadows in the edge zone of the lake particularly in June when the water is at its highest.A bridge and a bench can also be found underwater.

Hallstätter See

Lake Hallstatt or Hallstätter See is a lake in the Salzkammergut, Austria, . Its surface is approximately 8.55 km² and its maximum depth is 125 metres. It is a popular destination for tourists, especially scuba divers.


Photo by Tshinbum

Irrsee is a lake in the Salzkammergut, Austria, . Its surface is approximately 3.5 km² and its maximum depth is 32 metres. It is a popular tourist destination, also thanks to the warmest water temperature of all lakes in Salzkammergut.

Klopeiner See

Photo by Johann Jaritz

Lake Klopein -Klopeiner See,  is a lake near the town of Völkermarkt in Carinthia, Austria, located within the municipality of Sankt Kanzian. Its surface is approximately 1.1 km² and its maximum depth is 48 metres. 15 fish species live in the lake.


Photo by S.Möller

Lake Millstatt is a lake in Carinthia, Austria.

Lake Millstatt is situated in the Central Eastern Alps, near the town of Spittal an der Drau. With a surface area of 13.3 km2 (5.1 sq mi) it is the second largest lake of Carinthia (after Lake Wörth), though with 142 m (466 ft) by far the deepest and most voluminous. Its steep shore gives the lake a fjord-like character. The mountains in the north are up up to 2,100 metres high and protect it from cold winds, so the water temperature at the surface can reach 25 °C (77 °F) in summer. The narrow and long basin stretches over 12 km (7.5 mi) from east to west. In the south the wooded Hochgosch plateau with a breadth of 2 km (1.2 mi) and an elevation of 876 m (2,874 ft) divides the lake from the parallel Drava valley.

The name derives from the market town Millstatt at the northern shore. Other municipalities near the lake are Seeboden and Radenthein-Döbriach. The shaded southern shore, a protected area since 1970, is almost uninhabited. Since 1901 ship transport in summer is provided by the Millstättersee Shipping Company, which today runs four vessels.

Numerous brooks flow into the lake, of which the Riegerbach near Döbriach is the biggest. At the western end of the lake the short Seebach stream leads the water into the Lieser river, which itself is a tributary of the Drava. The oligotrophic lake with its deep basin has a large hypolimnic volume and meromictic waters, which are clear and reach drinking water quality. Fishery, especially for trout, had been a source of food and work for residents since ancient times. Today sport fishing and angling is quite common not only for trout but also for several genera of carps, for wels catfish, northern pike, zander, perch and the european eel.

Lake Millstatt can be reached via the Spittal-Millstättersee railway station with passenger train service provided by the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB. The B98 Millstätter Straße highway runs along the northern shore of the lake, connecting it with the A10 Tauern Autobahn motorway from Salzburg to Villach (European route E55) at the Spittal/Millstättersee junction.


Mondsee (Moonlake) is a lake in the Upper Austrian part of the Salzkammergut and neighbour to the larger Attersee. Its southwestern shore marks the border between the states of Upper Austria andSalzburg, and also between the Northern Limestone Alps in the South and the Sandstone zone of the Northern Alps. The Drachenwand (Dragonwall) at the southern shore of the lake is an impressive sight. Mondsee is one of Austria’s last privately-owned lakes. In August 2008, Nicolette Waechter (owner) announced it was up for sale.

In 1864, remains of neolithic pile dwellings were discovered in the lake.

Neusiedler See

Photo by Kurt Forstner

Lake Neusiedl -Neusiedler See, is the second largest steppe lake in Central Europe, straddling theAustrian–Hungarian border. The lake covers 315 km², of which 240 km² is on the Austrian side and 75 km² on the Hungarian side. The lake’s drainage basin has an area of about 1,120 km². From north to south, the lake is about 36 km long, and it is between 6 km and 12 km wide from east to west. On average, the lake’s surface is 115.45 m above the Adriatic Sea and the lake is no more than 1.8 m deep.


Traunsee is a lake in the Salzkammergut, Austria, . Its surface is approximately 24.5 km² and its maximum depth is 191 metres. It is a popular tourist destination, and its attractions include Schloss Ort, a medieval castle.

At the North end of the lake is Gmunden, at the south end is Ebensee. The lake is surrounded by mountains, including the Traunstein, and a number of other towns and villages surround the lake, includingAltmünster and Traunkirchen.

Wolfgang See

Photo by Tigerente

Wolfgangsee is a lake in Austria that lies mostly within the state of Salzburg and is one of the best known lakes in the Salzkammergut resort region. The municipalities on its shore are Strobl, St. Gilgen with the villages of Abersee and Ried as well as the market town of St. Wolfgang in the state of Upper Austria. The town and the lake are named after Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg, who, according to legend, built the first church here in the late 10th century.

The Wolfgangsee stretches about 10.5 kilometres from the northwest to the southeast. It is divided into two parts by a peninsula, called die Enge (the Narrow), situated roughly in the middle of its southern shore opposite St. Wolfgang, where the breadth is no more than 200 metres. The western portion of the lake at St. Gilgen is known as the Abersee.


The Wörthersee is an alpine lake in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia. The lake is elongated, about 20 km long and 1–2 km wide. It stretches from the Carinthian capital Klagenfurt in the east to Velden in the west. It is flanked to the north and south by steep alpine foothills covered with dense forests, beyond which snow-capped alpine peaks are visible. The lake’s water is a distinctive blue-green colour and transparent. In the early nineteenth century the marshy shores were home only to a handful of poor peasants. The building of the Austrian Southern Railway (Südbahn), in the middle of the nineteenth century quickly turned the Wörthersee into an exclusive summer retreat for Vienna’s nobility. The northern shore is densely built-up. The motorway and railway mainline occupy the narrow space between the steep hills and the shore. Main towns are Krumpendorf, Pörtschach and Velden. The southern shore is quieter and less developed.

Zeller See

Lake Zell -Zeller See, is a small freshwater lake in the Austrian Alps. It takes its name from the city of Zell am See which is located on a small delta protruding into the lake. The lake is 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) long and 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) wide. It is up to 69 metres deep and at an elevation of 750 metres above sea level.

The lake is fed by numerous small mountain streams in summer, but only one stream flows out of it into the river Salzach. In winter the lake completely freezes and is used for winter sports. In summer the lake is used for pleasure boating (boats powered by combustion engines are not allowed except for the ferries which cross the width of the lake from Zell to Thumersbach, so “elektroboots” can be hired instead). The water is very clear and suitable for swimming or diving, but can be chilly.

The southern end of the lake, near Schüttdorf, is shallower and mostly filled with water weed, making it unsuitable for boating or swimming.

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