The best Alpine lakes

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High, rough mountains dotted with clear blue lakes - that's what paradise must look like. A few of these oasis are hidden in the Alps. Some of them are hidden, barely touched, some wait for you with a boat tied to a wooden landing, or an Alpine hut next to a dam. All of them are magical, and ideally suited to hiking, biking, or a quick splash.

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    Obersee

    Hiking Highlight

    The Obersee is the little brother of the Königsee, separated by a moraine wall since a landslide in 1172.

    If you want to hike here, first make a nice boat trip over the Königssee, past the fjord-like steeply rising rock walls on the lake shore. On one side of the Obersee, the Fischunkelalm invites you to rest, at the same time a popular starting point for mountain tours in the Steinerne Meer.

    Shipping times at seenschifffahrt.de

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    Seebensee

    Hiking Highlight

    The bright turquoise high mountain lake at 1657 meters altitude is one of the most beautiful hiking destinations in Tyrol. Here you can refresh yourself in the cool water. On windless days, the Zugspitze massif is reflected in it. If you do not have enough, head up to the Coburger Hütte and the Drachensee.

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    Lago di Misurina

    Hiking Highlight

    Lake Misurina, also known as the "Pearl of the Alps", is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Dolomites and is the largest natural lake in the Cadore. It lies at 1756 meters altitude, its maximum depth is 5 meters.

    Thanks to its location between the Sesto Dolomites and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Lake Misurina is ideal for hiking and mountain excursions of all kinds, a worthwhile hike leads up to the Forcella del Diavolo, past the Pian degli Spiriti and the Rifugio Fonda Savio.

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    Lünersee

    Hiking Highlight

    Around the Lünersee you can enjoy the breathtaking mountain panorama of the Rätikon to the fullest. Discover one of the largest mountain lakes in the Alps.
    Whether a relaxing circular walk around the Lünersee or a challenging summit tour - the hiking area in the Rätikon offers pleasure hikers and climbers variety.
    Whether a relaxing circular walk around the Lünersee or a challenging summit tour - the hiking area in the Rätikon offers pleasure hikers and climbers variety.
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    Dürrensee

    Hiking Highlight

    The Dürrensee is great for swimming in the summer, because it has no natural runoff and is thus warmer than lakes at a similar altitude. On the north shore is a pebble beach. The turquoise blue waters can be easily circumnavigated on foot. Surrounded to the east by the Sexten Dolomites and to the west by the Fanes - Sennes - Prags Nature Park, the panorama is also unique. If you like it more challenging, start here a mountain hike to the surrounding peaks or romp in the climbing garden.

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    Lago di Cresta

    Hiking Highlight

    The Crestasee with its crystal-clear water is embedded between dark firs - a picture like from the storybook. It is a spring lake, whose water runs underground, the outflow into the Flem runs above ground. Due to the constant exchange, the entire water volume is renewed within 3 days and is always drinking water.

    The Crestasee is only accessible on foot, from parking lot Trin Mulin (village center) leads a pushchair-suitable trail to the natural pool. At the lake there is a restaurant.

    Opening hours natural bath
    In the summer season - depending on the weather about mid-May to
    about mid-September

    Admission natural bath
    Adults 7 CHF, children 6 to 16 years 3 CHF

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    Mittersee

    Hiking Highlight

    The jade-green shimmering mountain lake with its clear water is a small oasis not far from the busy Fernpassstraße. It is easy to reach on footpaths, but those who do not mind cold temperatures will enjoy swimming in the clear mountain water.

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    Pragser Wildsee

    Hiking Highlight

    When the mighty mountains are reflected in the emerald green lake in the morning, it is worth stopping for a moment and becoming aware of the magic of this place. While it continues, around the lake (1 to 1.5 hours) or high up to the Seekofel (2,810 m), nature awakens slowly. On the return, the lake seems transformed - or was it the mountains that changed us?

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    The three parking lots at the lake are chargeable, campers can stay overnight free of charge (as of 2015).

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    If you are in the vicinity, you should definitely take a hike to the crystal clear Badersee.

    It is 18 m deep, underground springs do not freeze the lake even in winter, picturesquely embedded at the foot of the Zugspitze massif with an unforgettable view of Waxenstein and Zugspitze you will find here an island of relaxation and recreation! " (Source: grainau.de)

    Directly on the Badersee lies the "Hotel am Badersee". There at the reception there is the possibility to rent a rowboat (30 min for 5 €). With this you go in search of the mermaid at the bottom of the lake. This is especially fun for the kids: o)

    Here are a few facts about the mermaid: "In the lake, west of the island, is located on a boulder at about 5 meters deep, a life-sized sculpture of a mermaid. The art object was mounted there in the mid-19th century and can be well viewed from the boat The sculpture contributed significantly to the reputation of the lake, which allegedly bears the features of Lola Montez, the legendary dancer and lover of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. " (Source: Wikipedia)

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