Swimming in Upper Austria
Crystal-Clear Mountain Lakes, Hot Springs, Private Beaches
When it’s summer time and temperatures rise above 30 °C, there’s only one right thing to do: jump into the refreshing water! Swimming in Upper Austria with children splashing about in the water, adventure seekers diving in crystal-clear lakes or teenagers trying fun water sports: the opportunities are endless. Countless lakes, public pools and natural swimming holes in rivers all guarantee a delightful refreshment. Far away from the crowds, you can unwind in peace and tranquility on farms with a private beach, pool or swimming pond. How about changing the perspective on a scenic cruise? The breathtaking panorama is included.
Farms with a Pool, Pond or Beach
An Oasis of Peace
Would you like to enjoy the silence in a peaceful oasis of comfort, far away from the crowds gathering on lakeshores or in public swimming pools? Simply stay on the farm. A lot of our farms offer a swimming pond, exclusive access to the lake or a pool with a breathtaking panoramic view. Time to relax and unwind!
Extraordinary ideas for a refreshment:
- Start an epic water fight in the granite tub
- Get the water balloons ready and let’s go!
- Take a swim in the pool enjoying the stunning view
Don’t forget: Book early! These farms are extremely popular, especially in the summer months.
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Don’t Forget Your Swimwear
A Land of Lakes - Salzkammergut Region
Isn’t it beautiful? Look at the shimmering turquoise waters reflecting the sunlight. The Salzkammergut region boasts 67 natural lakes. And the best thing is: the water is safe to drink! The six most popular lakes in the Salzkammergut region:
Special Places in the Salzkammergut Region
Natural Beaches and Islands in the Lake
Families will love the lakes Mondsee and Irrsee, the warmest water bodies in the region. Larger lakes such as Attersee and Traunsee need a bit more time to get warmer. But they offer just as many fun activities in the water! Lake Wolfgangsee is perfect if you’re looking for natural beaches, secluded spots for sunbathing and some shade. The legendary Lake Hallstättersee is at the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Hallstatt-Dachstein” that also includes the villages of Bad Goisern, Obertraun and Hallstatt. A very special place to take a swim: the small island ”Badeinsel Hallstatt” that’s only a 10 minutes’ walk from the village centre.
Highlights for a Family Holiday
Splashy Fun for Kids
Are you planning a holiday with kids? Children will be all smiles at these four places:
- “Ranna-Badesee” a lake on the Bavarian/Austrian border, right next to the Mühlviertel region. An absolute highlight: 120 metres of fun on a giant water slide
- “Aquapulco Pirate World” in Bad Schallerbach (Innviertel-Hausruckwald region) with five spectacular flumes, water slides, an outdoor water park, 5D cinema and much more! It’s also a perfect activity on rainy days.
- Public beach in Seewalchen am Attersee in the Salzkammergut region including a 10-metres diving platform - not for the faint-hearted!
- Drift on the river Enns on a giant wooden raft from the village of Großraming in the Kalkalpen National Park region. Depending on the size, up to 20 or 140 people can join. Snacks and live music included.
Discovering All-Natural Lakes
Hidden Gems in the Kalkalpen National Park Region
Would you like to go swimming off the beaten track? Discover the hidden gems in Upper Austria! The Kalkalpen National Park region is home to many natural lakes that are ideal for taking a refreshing swim. Located in Roßleithen at an altitude of 800 metres, Lake Gleinkersee has it all. It’s surrounded by mountains and its water of an emerald colour is safe to drink. A picture-perfect scenery! In summer, this is one of Upper Austria’s warmest lakes. Plus, the lakeside restaurant “Seebauer” serves delicious meals with organic ingredients. Most of them are produced on site since the family also runs an organic farm and processes its own meat.
Five favourites in the Kalkalpen National Park region:
- Swimming pond in Steyrling
- Small lake in Edlbach
- Natural lake Elisabethsee
- Reservoir in Klaus
- Mountain lake Gleinkersee in Roßleithen
Sun-worshippers and keen swimmers in the Zentralraum region go to the lakes Pleschingersee and Weikerlsee.
Natural Swimming Holes in the River
Wild, Romantic and Picturesque Spots in the Mühlviertel Region
Revive your senses in the cold water of streams, rivers and ponds in the Mühlviertel region. Taking a swim in a river surrounded by forests is something very special. Natural swimming holes can be found in the rivers “Große Mühl”, “Waldaist” and “Feldaist”. Surrounded by forests bursting with colour and dotted with mossy boulders, these rivers are the most idyllic places to calm down! Take a walk at “Tanner Moor” in Liebenau, a moorland of outstanding natural beauty. The pond “Rubner Teich” nearby invites you to take a swim.
Ship or Boat Ahoy!
Board a Paddle Steamer or a Rowing Boat
Would you like to enjoy the water without getting wet? Then, we have precisely what you need! Go on a scenic cruise around one of Upper Austria’s lakes. In many places, you can rent a boat. An absolute highlight: cruising Lake Hallstättersee in a traditional wooden rowing boat called “Zille”. The largest fleets with individual timetables and several landing stages operate on the lakes Wolfgangsee, Attersee and Traunsee. Travel back in time and board a historic paddle steamer on Lake Traunsee or Lake Wolfgangsee! Paddle wheels propel the craft through the water. The emperor himself was on board in the 19th century. A child’s dream coming true: a pirate cruise - other themed cruises and fun activities are also on offer. Explore the region from a different perspective!
Step Into a World of Comfort, Warmth & Tranquility
Saunas, Spas & More
But what if it’s raining or getting cold? Then, it’s time for a day in a spa or water park in Upper Austria! Step into a world of comfort and tranquility as you immerse yourself in the warm water. The Innviertel-Hausruckwald region is the ideal destination for those who love spas, saunas, steam baths and the like. How about a spa break with your partner or a girls’ weekend in the countryside? These spas have everything you need for a relaxing day: “Therme Geinberg” and the “Eurothermen Resorts” in Bad Schallerbach, Bad Ischl and Bad Hall. By the way: we know a lot of farms with a private sauna. Allow yourself to fully unwind in peace and tranquillity, far away from the crowds. Simply relax!
Are You Keen on Water Sports?
Let’s Jump Into the Water ... and Action!
Dipping your toes into the water and taking a swim is not exciting enough? No problem! Join other thrill-seekers in Upper Austria’s hot spots for water sports. Strap water skies or a wakeboard to your feed and ride the waves! A speed boat tows you across the waters of Lake Wolfgangsee in the Salzkammergut region. The lake in Feldkirchen an der Donau (Mühlviertel region) is home to a water ski & wakepark. Tuberiding and banana boat rides on Lake Attersee are great fun too! Hoist the sails on Lake Traunsee. Did you know that Ebensee on Lake Traunsee is one of the best spots for windsurfers and kitesurfers? It’s a great place for river surfers too. Row like a pro in the Lipno reservoir in Czech Republic, not far from the Mühlviertel region. For a more hands-on adrenaline rush experience, try navigating an inflatable raft or a kayak down the choppy rivers of the Kalkalpen National Park region. It doesn’t matter which water body you choose, there won’t be a dull moment!
Unlock the secrets of the aquatic realm! The Salzkammergut region is an exciting place for scuba divers. Explore underwater forests, shipwrecks and intriguing rock formations. Whichever dive site you choose, Lake Traunsee (191 metres deep), Lake Gosausee with its crystal-clear waters, Lake Attersee which hides quite a few secrets or the river Traun next to the waterfall “Traunfall”: Upper Austria will make every scuba diver’s heart sing! Local scuba diving centres offer courses, tailor-made boat dives and diving equipment for rent.
Upper Austria has so much to offer - explore the diversity and have fun in the water!