17 most beautiful lakes in Europe

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By Joanna Dabrowska

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Places to visit in Europe Jan. 23, 2024 2024 Places to visit in Europe

The European continent is home to many stunning lakes that captivate the eyes with their beauty. There are many types of reservoirs - glacial lakes, crater lakes, volcanic and landslide lakes and many more. So, which are the most beautiful lakes in Europe?

I've asked well-travelled bloggers about their recommendations and here's the list of must-visit destinations for nature lovers and adventurers.

European nature is truly amazing! 💚

Lakes in Europe

1. Lugano, Switzerland

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A beautiful lake in Europe that should definitely be a place to spend some time at is Lake Lugano. Also known in Italian as Lago Ceresio, the lake is situated in the South of the Alps in the Ticino canton of Switzerland. It is easy to reach Lugano and its lake with a direct train from Zurich or Milan Malpensa airport. 

Lake Lugano is quite a special place to explore, with the Northern section of the lake belonging to Switzerland and the Southern section extending into Italy. 

You can choose many things to do with Lake Lugano, such as swimming in it, hiking next to it, viewing it from a local mountain above and of course enjoying a boat trip on it. The local public transport company provides routes to some of the lakeside villages around, including Gandria, Morcote and Melide. Taking a boat trip even without getting off is a highlight, especially on a hot day when you can sit outside to enjoy the views. 

At certain times of the year, Lake Lugano has a beautiful turquoise colour. This is stunning from all angles, but even when it’s not turquoise, it’s usually quite clear and you can spot the local fish.  

A good thing to know is that there are often events in Lugano that use the lake too, such as the Swiss National Holiday on 1st August where the huge firework show is held from the water.

If you would like to stay near Lugano Lake, choose LUGANODANTE Hotel. It's located in the center of Lugano Old Town. Besides location, guests are delighted with comfortable rooms, friendly staff and tasty breakfast.

2. Balaton, Hungary

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The Balaton Lake, fondly known as the Hungarian Sea, is a beautiful and vast lake in the heart of Europe. As Hungary's largest lake, it offers a picturesque setting. Think of a vast body of water reflecting the sky, encircled by vineyards, quaint historical towns, and soft, rolling hills - that’s the magic of Lake Balaton.

What makes Lake Balaton stand out is its vast size and the diverse range of experiences it provides. The southern shore has shallow waters and busy beaches, great for family fun and water sports. On the quieter northern side, you'll find lovely villages and vineyards on the hills where you can enjoy some of Hungary's finest wines with a view of the peaceful lake.

Around the Balaton Lake, there are plenty of attractions to explore. If you're into history, you'll enjoy visiting the Szigliget Fortress & the beautiful Tihany Abbey. For those who love nature, hiking in the Balaton Uplands National Park is a treat. And don't forget to visit the thermal spas, like Hévíz, for a relaxing soak in warm, natural waters.

For the best experience, bike around the lake. The route is scenic and a fun way to soak the local scenery. Or, a relaxing boat ride across the lake offers beautiful views from the water.

Balaton in Hungary is also one of the best lakes in Europe if you're looking for budget travel destinations. Hungary generally has a lower cost of living compared to many Western European countries and the Hungarian Forint (HUF) has a relatively low value.

Getting to Lake Balaton is a breeze. It's about a 1.5-hour drive from Budapest. If you prefer public transport, many bus routes and train lines regularly connect Budapest to Lake Balaton. For up-to-date train times and ticket prices, visit the Hungarian Railway website. You can also check the Balaton24 and Balaton72 tickets designed to enhance the experience for travelers exploring Lake Balaton.

If you would like to stay close to Balaton Lake, choose Villa Borostyán on the Tihany Peninsula (the northern shore of the lake). Guests are happy with the views from the rooms, cozy atmosphere, the tasty breakfasts and the friendly hosts.

3. Mývatn, Iceland

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Lake Myvatn is located in North Iceland and is one of the most unique lakes in Europe. Many locals consider this area the most beautiful place in Iceland.

This natural wonder was created as a result of a massive basaltic eruption. Lake Myvatn has unique geological features as well as plenty of flora and fauna.

The lake is a popular attraction on the Diamond Circle Route in northern Iceland. We drove to Lake Myvatn from Akureyri. There are plenty of day tours available from Akureyri to Lake Myvatn and surrounding attractions, in case you prefer not to self-drive.

The area around Lake Myvatn has many attractions that can be all visited in a day. There is a large geothermal area, Namaskaro to be explored. The vivid red colours, the boiling mud pools and the sulphur crystals around the mud pools, all give it an other-worldly look.

You can spend an enjoyable evening at Myvatn Nature Baths, a natural hot spring. Dimmuborgir lava fields, with its gnarled rock formations, is another popular site close to Myvatn Lake that is worth exploring.

You can also make the lake a base and take a day trip to Husavik, the whale-watching capital of Iceland. Another must-do highlight in North Iceland is Dettifoss, Europe’s largest waterfall.

If you would like to stay close to Myvatn Lake, choose Fosshótel Mývatn Hotel. Guests appreciate beautiful views from the rooms (some guests even saw the Northern Lights), spacious rooms, helpful staff and access to a sauna.

4. Wolfgangsee, Austria

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The stunning Lake Wolfgangsee is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. Located approximately 33 kilometers east of the city of Salzburg, you can reach it from there within half an hour by car and in an hour by bus.

Lake Wolfgangsee is a breathtaking lake, nestled in an incredibly green landscape and surrounded by towering mountains. Along the lakeshore, you'll find some traditional villages that, together with the turquoise hues of the water, create a picture-perfect setting.

The lake is also known for its connection to Mozart, whose family resided in this area for a time. St. Wolfgang, one of the most beautiful villages along the Wolfgangsee lakeshore, is a must-visit. For an overnight stay, the White Horse Inn, a historic 15th-century hotel, comes highly recommended. Interestingly, an operetta is even based in this iconic hotel!

A holiday at Lake Wolfgangsee offers a variety of activities, from boat rides and water sports to exploring charming villages along the lake, such as St. Gilgen and Strobl. Adventurous individuals can opt for hiking trails that offer panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

An absolute must, however, is the journey on the Red Train up to Schafberg. In just about 30 minutes, covering a distance of 4.2 km, the SchafbergBahn takes you up to the Schafbergalm station at an elevation of 1,364 meters. From this vantage point, you'll enjoy arguably the most spectacular panorama of the Salzburg region, with its many beautiful lakes.

If you would like to stay close to Lake Wolfgang, choose Landhaus Leitner am Wolfgangsee. It's located on the lake's shore. Besides location and views, guests are delighted with spacious rooms, super friendly hosts and a private beach.

5. Loen, Norway

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Lake Loen is perhaps the most famous lake in Norway and one of the best lakes in Europe if you're looking for a scenic getaway.

The calm, glacial lake is unique even in Norway because of its bright green color, and the dramatic mountains surrounding it. Especially in the summer months, when the glacier at the end of the valley melts, it is particularly stunning.

The lake is located at the end of the Loen Valley, near Olden - a charming village in Western Norway, and is one of the top attractions in the area. 

Whilst a lot of people choose to just relax along the lake and take in the serenity of the surroundings, popular activities are canoeing or rowing on the lake, taking a boat tour across it, or even winter swimming in it (it is freezing). You can also rent a bicycle from the cabin at the end of the lake and cycle up to a viewpoint where you can see the glacier at the top of the mountains.

You may also take the Loen Skylift. This cable car takes you to the top of Mount Hoven (1,011 m), where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake and the majestic peaks.

Near Lake Loen, you'll find the Kjenndalsbreen Glacier, which is part of the larger Jostedalsbreen Glacier. Visitors can take guided glacier hikes or boat trips to get close to this impressive natural wonder.

One of the most popular hikes near Loen Lake is Skåla - the highest mountain in Norway reaching 1,848 m. The hike up takes about 4-5 hours but it's worth all the effort - the views from the Skåla Mountain top are spectacular.

Reach Lake Loen by bus or car from either Olden or Loen. The lake is a 15-minute drive from Loen and about 25 minutes from Olden.

Lake Loen is a bucket-list destination for anyone visiting western Norway!

If you would like to stay in Loen Village, choose the beautiful Hotel Alexandra which overlooks the fjord. Hotel features the indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness center. Guests appreciate the location, comfortable rooms and delicious food served in the hotel's restaurant.

6. Orta, Italy

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Lake Orta, in the northwest of Italy, is one of the smaller, less-touristy lakes in Northern Italy. When compared to its bigger sisters, like Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, it might fall off your radar, but I think Lake Orta is absolutely fabulous. Even more, it's one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe!

It’s known as one of Europe’s cleanest lakes, often ranking within the top ten; that’s saying something since there are over 500,000 natural lakes in Europe! Lake Orta is also surrounded by mountains and lush greenery, and it’s a wonder for nature enthusiasts with countless hiking trails. 

One of our all-time favourite Italian towns is located on the eastern shores of Lake Orta. Orta San Giulio is a small medieval town with winding cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and magnificent Baroque architecture. And what’s best? It doesn’t experience the crowds that other popular towns do, such as Bellagio, Como or Stresa.

In the middle of Lake Orta lies the Isola San Giulio, an island monastery home to Benedictine nuns and the resting place of Saint Giulio. It’s a popular pilgrimage site that can be visited by motorboats from the nearby towns of Pella, Omegna, and Orta San Giulio. There is a walking path around the island that offers lovely views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. You can combine this with a visit to the Basilica di San Giulio.

With stunning scenery and turquoise waters, Lake Orta is a top lake to visit in Europe.

One of the most popular hikes in the area is Orta San Giulio to Pella trail. This lakeside hike offers stunning views of Lake Orta. Begin in Orta San Giulio and follow the lakeside trail to reach the village of Pella.

The area is also famous for the Sacred Mountain of Orta. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sacred Mountain of Orta is a collection of 20 chapels and other religious structures set against the backdrop of the Alps. Pilgrims and visitors can explore these chapels, each depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

This hidden gem is super easy to get to if you’re visiting the nearby lakes. The E62 connects to the SP229 straight from Milan, rounding the northern tip of Lake Orta, where the quaint town of Omegna lies. It’s another fantastic town to visit on the fringes of the lake, renowned for its Thursday market.

If you would like to stay in Orta San Giulio, choose Bifora65 Villa. These apartments are located right next to the lake. Guests are happy with comfortable rooms, beautiful views and a big garden with a terrace.

7. Glendalough, Ireland

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The Glendalough Upper Lake is absolutely a contender for the most beautiful lake in Europe. This glacial lake is nestled deep in the Wicklow Mountains, and the Wicklow Way long-distance trail passes by it. When standing at the edge of the lake and looking out, the area has an almost eerie look and feel.

Famously, Glendalough’s Upper Lake was home to Saint Kevin, the 6th-century monk who founded the nearby monastery. It’s said that he was so eager to get away from his followers that he slept in a partially man-made cave about 30 feet above the water on the cliffside. You can see Saint Kevin’s bed from the walking trail on the opposite side of the lake. 

The best way to experience Glendalough is to hike around the lake on the Spinc Trail. This loop hike takes about three hours to complete and includes views of the lake from above the cliffs and down on the shores. You may also choose the easier and shorter Glendalough Green Road hike.

After hiking the Spinc Trail, visit the nearby monastery. There, you can see a large stone tower and St. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral, which dates back to the late 12th century. 

Once you’ve explored Glendalough, there are plenty of fabulous things to do in Wicklow to keep you busy for a few days. From seeing the incredible gardens of Powerscourt to shopping for local Irish goodies at the Avoca in Kilmacanogue. In an Avoca store, you will find a retail area, café or restaurant, gardens, local and artisanal products and event spaces where you may see art exhibitions or participate in craft workshops or other seasonal events.

Glendalough is about an hour south of Dublin, and the best way to visit is to rent a car or take a tour.

If you would like to stay close to Glendalough Lake, choose Lynhams Hotel. Located in Wicklow Mountains National Park, just 1 km from the ancient monastic settlement. Guests are happy with spacious rooms, delicious food and live music at the hotel's bar.

8. Loch Morar, Scotland

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Loch Morar is the deepest loch in Scotland and, according to legend, is home to a monster named Morag. I have yet to spot her but have enjoyed the loch's stunning views, shores and walks. 

To get to Loch Morar, take the A830, follow the sign to Bracara and join the single-track road running along the northern shore. Alternatively, take a train or bus from Fort William to the village of Morar. 

Along the road are shores where you can swim, kayak or picnic. If you'd like to fish, you need a permit and it's best to arrange that in advance.

My favourite thing to do at Loch Morar is go for walks. For something gentle, just follow the road. You can continue along the path when the road ends, but it can get quite wet if it's been rainy. I usually wear waterproof footwear to go there

The hiking trail across from Loch Morar to Loch Nevis starts here and it's well worth doing if you have the time and agility. The views over both lochs and to Ben Nevis and the isles are stunning. You can either time this to catch the ferry from Tarbet to Mallaig (advance notice is required) or return the same way.

If you're not doing the full hike, I still recommend doing the first part. It passes pebble beaches and large grassy areas before coming to the ruins of the 18th-century Chapel of Inverbeg. Continue further to get a view higher up. 

Back near the main road, the loch turns into the shortest river in Scotland, passing through the hydroelectric power station into the sea at the famous Silver Sands of Morar. If you hear a 'choo-choo', look out for the Jacobite Steam Train (aka Hogwarts Express) passing through.

If you would like to stay close to the lake, choose Loch Morar Private Suite in the town of Mallaig. It's located on the Loch Morar shore. Guests appreciate the views, friendly host and comfortable apartment.

9. Bovilla, Albania

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Bovilla Lake in Albania is one of the least-known lakes in Europe. It's a perfect option for a day trip from Tirana - it's located just 25 kilometers from the city center.

Two wild gems of Albania - Bovilla Lake and the nearby Gamti Mountain (1259 m) are places for those seeking hidden spots in Europe.

Bovilla Lake, full of larger and smaller coves, is surrounded by the mountains of the Dajti massif. This gives the impression of being cut off from the world. Although these mountains are not yet very popular, they offer the opportunity to hike several trails, from which magnificent views of the surroundings unfold.

A gravel road leads from the dam up to the restaurant. At this point, you can stop for lunch with a beautiful view. From the restaurant itself, it's just a stone's throw to the viewing platform, where you can admire a panoramic view of Bovilla Lake.

It's important to note that Bovilla Lake is primarily a reservoir that supplies drinking water to Tirana, so swimming is prohibited to maintain water quality.

Another great place near Bovilla Lake is Dajti National Park. It's situated on the Dajti Mountain, which overlooks Tirana. The park covers a significant area and is easily accessible from the city.

One of the best attractions of Dajti National Park is the Dajti Ekspres (Tirana's cable car) which takes visitors from the outskirts of Tirana to the top of Dajti Mountain. The best hike in this stunning area is Tujani Mountain - the highest peak reaching almost 1600 meters. The trail starts near the upper station of Dajti Ekspres.

If you would like to stay close to Bovilla Lake, the best option is Tirana which offers lots of attractions (and is one of the cheapest places to visit in Europe).

For your stay choose Central Inn Hotel located in Tirana city center. The hotel is new (opened in November 2023). Guests are delighted with modern and comfortable rooms and delicious buffet breakfast.

10. El Chorro, Spain

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El Chorro Lakes in Málaga, southern Spain are a haven on hot summer days when people need to cool down in the turquoise water.

Spread across 3 lakes, El Chorro Lakes are set in an idyllic pine tree landscape and there are water activities like kayaks, pedal boats and paddleboards for rent that you can take out on the water to see the lake from a different perspective. Picnic tables and barbeque areas fill up on the weekends and you can rent sunbeds too. Note that due to the uneven ground and lake plants, small kids should wear water shoes to not hurt their feet and you might prefer it too.

Small kiosks by the parking areas offer cold drinks and ice cream, but your best bet is to bring a cooler. There is also a campground on the lake if you want to spend the night.

However, if you prefer a calmer atmosphere, walk around the lake where there are fewer people and you can find quiet corners of the lake where you feel like you are the only one there. Near the lake, you find restaurants for lunch and several hiking routes for the winter and shoulder seasons with beautiful views.

You also find the world-famous Caminito del Rey (The King's Little Path) hike a short walk from the lake. The Caminito del Rey is situated in the El Chorro gorge, offering spectacular views of the Guadalhorce River below and the surrounding Andalusian landscapes. The pathway is fixed to the cliffs and hiking this trail is a fantastic option for adventurous travellers.

The Caminito del Rey is now equipped with safety measures such as handrails, harnesses, and a controlled number of visitors per day.

Remember to book entrance tickets in advance - The Caminito del Rey trail is very popular.

El Chorro is also a popular destination for rock climbing enthusiasts. The limestone cliffs surrounding the lakes provide a variety of routes for climbers of different skill levels.

If you're looking for a magnificent spot to take photos, visit the Guadalhorce Dam - it offers panoramic views of the area.

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If you would like to stay close to these lakes, choose Complejo Turístico La Garganta in El Chorro village. Guests appreciate the location, beautiful views and spacious rooms.

11. Pink Lake, Spain

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Pink Lake, near Torrevieja in Spain, is one of the saltiest and largest lakes in Europe. Locally known as "Laguna Rosa," this remarkable salt lake has a characteristic bubble-gum pink color created by bacteria and algae that reside in saline waters.

The lake's color is more vibrant in late spring or early summer, making it the best time to plan your trip here. Note that the color is more vivid once you reach the shore.

The salt flats attract various bird species, including flamingos. Birdwatchers can enjoy observing these graceful birds in their natural habitat.

The best way to visit the lake is via car because there is no public transport directly going to the lake. Buses only go from nearby towns of the Costa Blanca region to Torrevieja. Moreover, it's pretty big and has several entrances marked on Google Maps. Visiting the lake is free; however, bathing here is forbidden and might get you a fine if caught.

The town of Torrevieja has a long history of salt production, and the salt flats contribute to the local economy. Once you finish admiring the lake you can visit the Sea and Salt Museum and learn more about salt production from the Pink and other nearby lakes of the region. The museum provides insights into the importance of salt and its impact on the local economy.

Adventure seekers will be happy with parasailing in Torrevieja - the area is known for ideal conditions for this nautical sport.

You may also explore the Natural Park of La Mata and Torrevieja, which includes the salt flats (Las Salinas de Torrevieja). La Mata Nature Reserve is an excellent place for nature lovers, offering walking and cycling paths.

After exploring the reserve, relax on the sandy La Mata Beach. This Blue Flag beach is right next to La Mata Nature Reserve and is known for its clear waters.

If you would like to stay in Torrevieja town, choose Hotel Playas de Torrevieja. Guests are content with the ocean views, friendly staff and comfortable rooms.

12. Bâlea, Romania

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Sitting at 2,034 m (6,673 ft) high, Bâlea Lake is a glacier lake situated in the Făgăraș Mountains in central Romania. It is one of the highest lakes and Romania and a perfect example of stunning European nature.

The glacial lake offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. It's a beautiful place to hike, photograph, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

Besides hiking, sightseeing, and photography, there are other things you can do near Balea Lake. Two chalets near it are open all year round, where you can enjoy traditional Romanian meals and experience local hospitality. Visitors can also explore the nearby Bâlea Waterfall. At 60 meters tall, it is the highest-step waterfall in Romania.

Besides the waterfall, you may hike to Caprei Lake (2,230 m). Next to the mountain hut by the lake (Cabana Bâlea Lac) starts a trail marked with a blue triangle. It leads to the Şaua Caprei pass (2,315 m) from which you may climb down to Caprei Lake or hike up Iezerul Caprei Mountain (2,417 m). From Iezerul Caprei top you will admire a fantastic view of both the lakes and Transfăgărășan Road.

Getting to Bâlea Lake is fairly difficult. It is one of the best things to do near Sibiu, but you'll need to rent a car for it. The lake is accessible by car on the Transfăgărășan Road during the summer months, but only by cable car in the winter months.

Even though it is challenging, the journey is totally worth it! The Transfăgărășan Road was deemed by Top Gear the most beautiful driving road in the world, and driving through it to get to Bâlea Lake is just the icing on the cake!

During the winter months, an ice hotel is constructed near Bâlea Lake. It offers a unique and chilly accommodation experience for those seeking an adventurous stay. You may also go skiing in Balea Lac resort - there are 14 km of slopes available.

If you wish to stay in this breathtaking area, choose Complex Vila Balea. Guests appreciate the location, cleanliness, comfortable rooms and great food at the hotel's restaurant.

13. Lipno, Czechia

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Lake Lipno is situated in the southern part of the Czech Republic, near the town of Český Krumlov. It's the largest lake in the country, nestled in the picturesque landscape of the Bohemian Forest (Šumava). It's one of the best lakes in Europe for those interested in recreational activities and scenic beauty.

Lake Lipno is a popular destination for water activities such as sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking. Elegant sailboats and yachts glide on the water, jet skis race, and patient anglers wait on the shores for their dream catch. You can also rent a catamaran or a water bike and take a ride on the lake.

Lipno is home to one of the most popular attractions in the region - the Treetop Walkway. This trail will take you from the forest floor to its canopy. The attraction is located near the dam and reaches a height of 40 meters. At the top, you can admire the panoramic landscape or descend from the tower on a slide all the way to the ground. The construction also includes an educational trail. The Treetop Walkway is open all year round.

The closest airport is Linz Airport, which is 41 miles/68 kilometers by car to Lipno nad Vltavou. There’s a train station in several towns around the lake, such as Lipno nad Vltavou, Nové Chalupy, Horní Planá and Černá v Pošumaví.

If you would like to enjoy Lake Lipno to the fullest, choose Hotel Leyla in Frymburk. It's a beautiful hotel decorated in Alpine style and located on the shores of the lake. Guests are delighted with the decor, amazing views and spacious rooms.

14. Annecy, France

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Annecy is a lovely town in the French Alps that's known for its charm and beauty. It's often called the "Venice of the Alps" because of the canals that wind through the town. The water in these canals comes from Lake Annecy, one of the cleanest lakes in Europe.

The old town of Annecy is like a fairy tale with colorful houses, cobblestone streets, and flower-filled balconies. There's a famous castle called the Palais de l'Île that sits on a small island in the Thiou River, which runs through the town.

Lake Annecy itself is stunning, surrounded by mountains and offering opportunities for boat rides, picnics, and enjoying the outdoors. The water is clear and inviting, making it a great place for swimming and water activities.

The town also hosts a popular market, where you can find local products, delicious food, and handmade crafts.

Check out a full travel guide to Annecy in France.

For your stay choose Allobroges Park Hôtel. This beautiful hotel is located in the Annecy Old Town. Guests are pleased with comfortable and modern rooms, parking and very good value for money. Couples rate it 9,5.

15. Misurina, Italy

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Misurina Lake, also known as Lago di Misuria, is located in the Sexten Dolomites, close to the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo Natural Park.

Misurina is a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The surrounding mountains offer opportunities for hiking and climbing. For adventure seekers, there are lots of via ferrata trails in the area.

The lake is quite special, reflecting the mountains and creating a beautiful backdrop. In winter, the lake can freeze, and people enjoy activities like ice skating on its surface.

The Misurina town is small and cozy, with a few hotels and restaurants. It provides a peaceful retreat for those seeking a quiet and scenic getaway in the heart of the Dolomites.

Check out a complete travel guide to Misurina in Italy.

If you would like to stay close to Misurina Lake, choose Chalet Alpenrose. Guests appreciate the kind staff, modern and spacious apartments and abundant breakfast. Many guests consider it one of the best places to stay in the Dolomites.

16. Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia

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Štrbské Pleso is situated in the High Tatra Mountains. The lake is surrounded by dramatic peaks and dense forests, creating a picturesque setting.

There are several hiking trails in the area, including a path circling the lake. If you choose a yellow loop trail you'll get to admire a Skok Waterfall and a few scenic glacial lakes on the way.

For more adventures, you may head to Tatranská Lomnica resort and take a cable car to Lomnický štít (2,634 metres above sea level).

The Tatra Mountains are also famous for thermal baths with mineral water pumped from deep underground. The closest waterpark is the famous Tatralandia in Liptovský Mikuláš town.

In winter, Štrbské Pleso turns into a snowy wonderland, attracting skiers and snowboarders.

Check out a guide to Štrbské Pleso in Slovakia.

If you would like to stay close to Štrbské Pleso Lake, choose Hotel Solisko. Situated over the lake, the hotel offers a SPA and fitness center. Guests are content with views, delicious food and well-furnished rooms.

17. Morskie Oko, Poland

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Morskie Oko Lake is, right after Kraków, one of the most famous places in Poland.

Located on 1395 metres above sea level, in the High Tatra Mountains, it attracts visitors from all over the world.

There are no shops or restaurants near the lake, just a mountain hut. The lake can't be reached by car - you may hike there or go for a ride in a carriage pulled by horses.

There's a dense network of trails near Morskie Oko Lake and the most popular one is the red trail leading to Czarny Staw Lake and the highest mountain in Poland - Rysy.

To visit Morskie Oko, stay in Zakopane Mountain Resort. The town is known for its unique wooden architecture, with houses and buildings adorned with intricate carvings. Krupówki Street, the main pedestrian street, is lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes, offering a lively atmosphere.

Zakopane is a gateway to the Tatra National Park, a stunning natural area with mountains, valleys, and hiking trails. In winter, it becomes a hub for skiing and winter sports enthusiasts.

Check out the hiking guide to Morskie Oko Lake.

If you would like to stay close to Morskie Oko and the Tatra Mountains, choose Aparthotel Cristina. It offers beautiful views from the windows and it's located 700 metres from a chairlift. Besides location, guests appreciate the decor, spacious rooms and abundant breakfasts.

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