The Green Lake in Austria is a unique and must-see destination! The “Caribbean of the Alps” has crystal clear water and a unique turquoise color. Nestled in a valley and surrounded by high mountains, the lake fills with the onset of snowmelt on the surrounding mountain slopes in May. This is also the best time of the year to visit the lake. The water is cold (5 to 6 ° C) and the water level strongly depends on the season. It reaches the highest level of about 10 m in early summer. Then, benches, trees, meadows, paths, and a bridge get submerged in an unreal-looking underwater park.
Because it is so clear the extraordinarily high visibility in the water is up to 50 meters. Even Ashton Kutcher came out as a fan of the Green Lake in Styrian Tragöß. By autumn, the water level is slowly receding. In winter, the water of the lake disappears almost completely. A path leads directly around the lake. If you want to relax you can sit on benches or lie down on a meadow right on the shore.
How to get to the Green Lake in Tragöß
From Graz the Green Lake can be reached in just over an hour by car. From Vienna it is about two hours. From a parking lot follow a paved road on foot for about 20 minutes until you reach the lake. If you don’t feel like walking you can use the horse-drawn carriage shuttle service!
Not just the Green Lake but also the village Tragöß itself are worth a visit. The area is a true hiking paradise with many great routes. There is also a recreational lake called Zenz Freizeitsee. In contrast to the Green Lake its water reaches temperatures of up to 26 degrees Celsius in summer and invites you to swimming, surfing and boating. The water has an excellent water quality and on the shore you will find a nice lawn to lie down. If you are interested in camping, Tragöß is definitely worth a camping holiday, because the campsite is located directly on the beautiful recreational lake and is open all year round.
The area around the Green Lake and the Green Lake itself are park of a nature reserve. Open fire, but also diving and wild camping are not allowed. Swimming in the lake is NOT possible for reasons of nature conservation!
Visit the Wikipedia page about the Green Lake.
For more information, please visit the wikipedia page.