Discover Europe's 5 lakes in which to cool off this summer

Although the attraction of the sea is undeniable, there's something uniquely enchanting about opting for a lake getaway during the summer months. Especially for those of you who like to be more active during your holidays. For clear water, stunning scenery and unforgettable experiences, head to Europe's breathtaking lakes this summer. Here are 5 of our favourites.

1. Lake Königssee, Germany

Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, Lake Königssee is a hidden gem known for its emerald-green waters and dramatic mountain scenery. Take a boat ride to the famous St Bartholomew's Church or hike along scenic trails to numerous waterfalls and viewpoints.

Lake Königssee, Germany

1Lake Königssee, Germany

2. Lac de Sainte-Croix, France

It is a leisure lake and reservoir within the Regional Natural Park of Verdon in the heart of Provence., created in 1974. You'll be enchanted by the turquoise water, surrounded by fields of lavender and limestone cliffs. Rent a kayak or rowing boat to explore hidden coves and unspoilt beaches, or cycle through the picturesque Verdon Gorge.

Lac de Sainte-Croix, France

2Lac de Sainte-Croix, France

3. Lake Skadar, Montenegro/Albania

Lake Skadar lies on the border of Albania and Montenegro, and is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. It is a perfect option for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Cruise through the lake's labyrinthine channels, visit medieval monasteries on its shores, or hike through the surrounding national parks. If you are not a tipical beach lover, discover the best alternative destinations for you.

Lake Skadar, Montenegro/Albania

3Lake Skadar, Montenegro/Albania

4. Loch Lomond, Scotland

It is a freshwater Scottish lake, renowned for its stunning natural beauty and diverse wildlife. Explore charming villages like Luss, or embark on a scenic cruise to discover the lake's hidden islands and historic sites. If you enjoy hiking, there are a number of short and moderate hiking paths to enjoy here.

Loch Lomond, Scotland

4Loch Lomond, Scotland

5. Lago di Braies, Italy

Lago di Braies is a crystal blue alpine lake in the Dolomite mountains sourounded by sheer cliffs and pine forests. Rent a rowboat to explore the tranquil waters or hike around the lake to enyoj the breathtaking scenery. It is certainly the most popular of the above-mentioned lakes, so expect some crowds in the summer months.

Lago di Braies, Italy

5Lago di Braies, Italy

Visiting lakes during the summer months offers a perfect blend of relaxation, recreation, and natural beauty. Lakes really offer something for everyone, so make sure you include them in your travel plans this summer. When planning, don't forget to book your GoOpti airport shuttle in time, we recommend at least a few weeks before departure. Check also this tips to get the best deal on your next GoOpti transfer.

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