In a country full of beautiful lakes, Hallstatt stands out from the crowd. The charming town of the same name on the banks of the lake is thought to be the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touring the lake by boat gives you the best views of the town with the mountains rising up behind it.
The lakes and waterfalls within Plitvice Lakes National Park represent Croatia's most stunning natural wonder as well as one of the most beautiful natural lakes on earth. The park is home to 16 teal lakes, each connected by a series of waterfalls and forests. This is Mother Nature at her best.
Immortalized in song, Scotland's Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water body of water in Great Britain by surface area. Hiking, cycling, golfing, boating, wildlife viewing and windsurfing are some of the activities on offer here, all within a 30-minute drive of Glasgow.
Lake Como is the most spectacular of Italy's alpine lakes, with its blue waters surrounded by palatial estates, manicured gardens, forests and snow-capped mountains in the background. Located just an hour from Milan, Lake Como has inspired a wealth of travelers, including Lord Byron and George Clooney.
The snowy alpine peaks of Slovenia reflect off the emerald waters of Bled Lake, framing a picture-perfect church set on one of the lake's islands. Hike to Bled Castle for spectacular views of the lake below before relaxing in a thermal pool at one of the luxurious resorts dotting the lake's banks.
Annecy, known by some as the Alpine Venice, sits on the banks of Lake Annecy,surrounded by meandering bike paths and Alpine peaks. As one of the cleanest lakes in Europe thanks to strict environmental regulation, Lake Annecy is popular a popular resort spot for swimming and water sports in the warm summer months.
Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe, sits on the border of France and Switzerland, with the city of Geneva serving as the most popular jumping-off point to explore the rest of the lake. Stretching for 45 miles, the lake has something for everyone, from culinary and cultural experiences in the towns along the banks to nearly every water sport you could imagine on the waters.
It's hard to say which of England's Lake District lakes is the most beautiful, as they're each amazingly scenic. Lake District National Park, located within Cumbria, is the largest national park in the world and one of Britain's finest regions when it comes to scenery.
The town of Interlaken is nestled between two lakes in the Swiss Alps, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Ringed by rugged peaks, Interlaken has become the adventure travel capital of Switzerland – a place where you can hike, paraglide, bungee jump, raft or rock climb, all while enjoying views of the glassy lake waters.
Bavarian Lake Königssee serves as a popular day trip destination from Salzburg. The deepest lake in Germany is bordered by dramatic cliffs and tiny Bavarian towns, like Schönau am Königssee, home of the much-photographed monastery of St. Bartholomä.