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Hot days and cool lakes in the Salzkammergut

July 14, 2015

The first weekend of July has been the hottest so far, and the best way to survive the heat was cooling off in some crystal clear lakes with a pleasant temperature of 20 °C. Anyway, Vienna was unbearable and I felt lucky that I could join my friends on that trip, especially because I like the Salzkammergut so much. The scenery enchants me every time I get there. There’s Gmunden with its beautiful castle, the old spa town of Bad Ischl with an imperial history and – most importantly – lots of lakes, from small to big, from turquoise to dark blue. A great insider’s tip are the two Langbathseen, which are only connected through a narrow road. The first lake is perfect for a refreshing swim, whereas the second you have to walk to another 40 minutes, but you’ll get rewarded by spectacular mountain views. We enjoyed pretty good views from the farm house, we stayed in, too.

I revisited the cute town of Hallstatt and finally made it to the interesting charnel house, which I missed last time. But soon it got so hot again, we couldn’t wait to get back into the water! Please, also check out my post of Hallstatt and St. Wolfgang 🙂



Bad Ischl

St. Wolfgang


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  • Reply Elisabeth July 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    That’s kind of an idea!!! Great!
    Wie schön doch Österreich ist. Heimat ist halt immer noch da, wo es am schönsten ist 🙂
    Liebe Grüße, Elisabeth

    • Reply sileas July 15, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Wie recht du hast. Und das Gute liegt oft so nah 🙂

  • Reply The Tastemonials July 14, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Da wäre ich jetzt auch gerne zum Abkühlen 😉 Faszinierende Bilder von den Totenköpfen von Hallstatt! Wie immer Klasse!!

    • Reply sileas July 15, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Dankeschön 🙂 Die Abkühlung war auch dringend nötig 😉

  • Reply James Scott July 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    wow the lakes look amazing in the summer

    • Reply sileas July 15, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Yes I think every season has its own charm. I have to check it out in the winter though 🙂

  • Reply Bec J. H. July 15, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I have just returned home from travelling in Europe for a few weeks, and I spent two days in Hallstatt! I might have been there the same time as you haha!

    • Reply sileas July 15, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Oh really?! Was it as hot when you were there? Did you enjoy it? 😀

      • Reply Bec J. H. July 16, 2015 at 8:25 am

        Yes, it was definitely hot! The weather only started to cool down the day after we left Hallstatt to go to Vienna. I still really enjoyed it, but we made sure to avoid doing anything much in the hottest part of the day! I was particularly interested by the salt mine tour – I love learning about history, so finding out about the thousands of years of civilisation in that area really fascinated me.

        • Reply sileas July 16, 2015 at 11:41 am

          Yeah the history of Hallstatt is really interesting. On my trip to Ireland I learned that the celts are originally from that area, wow!

  • Reply V-Light July 15, 2015 at 10:51 am

    So beautiful, lovely photos!!! 😀 The lakes looks like a dream but 20 C? Isn’t that a little cold? Hehe! I’ve never swam in a lake before, i’m used to the Greek seas which are a lot hotter 😛 But i’m really looking forward to visit Gmunden soon and go for a swim 😀 Temperatures are rising again in Vienna…

    • Reply sileas July 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      It might sound a bit cold, but once the weather is so hot it’s nice and refreshing. It was actually perfect! Don’t miss it, I wish I could go there again since the next heatwave is coming up 🙂

  • Reply Paleica July 17, 2015 at 9:26 am

    soooo schön. ich liebe ja das salzkammergut.

  • Reply shootingvienna July 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Never been to Salzkammergut but the lake pictures look really beautiful! Wish I could be there now instead of being stuck in hot Vienna 😉

    • Reply sileas July 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Me too! Seriously I’m looking forward to some rain and cool nights 😉

  • Reply Nathalie von Nat Worldwild July 19, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Wieder einmal tolle Fotos!!

  • Reply annie lee July 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    wow sileas, look at that crystal clear water! what i’d do to be there right now hehe <3

    • Reply sileas July 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      It’s so refreshing for body and mind! I’d give a lot too to be back there…

  • Reply ygraen August 8, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Great pictures!

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