Looking for the perfect Lake location for your next European break? Europe is home to many beautiful, natural lakes, many of which have become famous tourist destinations for travellers the world over.
Here are 5 of our favourites from across the continent.
Lake Annecy, France
Credit : Annecy by Pug Girl
On the edge of Parc Natural Regional du Massif des Bauges, situated beneath the mountains of France’s eastern border lies the stunning Lake Annecy (or Lac d’Annecy). This stunning 14 km stretch of water benefits from strict environmental regulations, which makes it one of the cleanest lakes in the whole of Europe.
Bled Lake, Slovenia
Lake Bled, Slovenia by James Southorn
Situated in the Upper Carniolan region in the North of the country, this spectacular lake spans nearly a mile wide and more than a mile (2,120m long). The emerald green lake, which is mixed between glacial and tectonic water, is banked by a medieval castle and surrounds a tiny island upon which has been built a charming little 17th Century church. It really is a stunning body of water!
Hallstatt Lake, Austria
Hallstatt by Jenny Salita
Sprawled out in the Salzkammergut region of Austria is this remarkable 8-kilometer-long lake at Hallstatt. This stunning mountain, fjord like lake is the fifth largest of the region. The name Hallstatt comes from the small, picturesque village that is built into the mountains that flank the lake’s west coast.
Lake Como, Italy
Hotel Britannia Excelsior, Lake Como by Shearings Holidays
Beautiful Como. Lying calmly in the stunning mountains of the Italy/Swiss border, just a few miles North of Milan, this stunning glacial lake attracts tourists and celebrities the world over – and it’s not difficult to understand why. The lake and its surroundings are perfect. And, despite the snow-capped mountains nearby, the climate at lake Como is fine in the summer, with July temperatures averaging a pleasant 22°C (72°F).
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Upper lake at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia by Min Zhou
The stunning collection of lakes of the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia make this place one of the most mystifying, most naturally ornate places on the planet – let alone Europe. They attract more than 1 million visitors per year, with people traveling from all corners of the world to witness these entirely dreamlike lakes. What makes these cascaded lakes so unique is the extraordinary eco-system that allows for their beauty – they are separated by natural dams made from limestone, which have been formed as a result of bacteria deposits.