Austria Destinations

A walk on frozen Lake Neusiedl

January 28, 2017
frozen lake Neusiedl

After my rather sensory-overloaded post about Tunis, I’m sharing something on the quieter, more winter-ish side this time: We’re experiencing a rather harsh winter this year and not often you get the opportunity to walk or ice-skate on a natural frozen lake. Last week I did a little excursion to nearby Neusiedlersee, a favourite relaxation destination for us Viennese (see also here) . It was a spontaneous idea and therefore I was on my own, however I really enjoyed the peace the vast, wide scenery offered and seeing the people enjoying all kinds of activities on the ice (my activity was playing with the remote control of my camera as you can see). The lighthouse of Podersdorf was a brilliant photo spot but he icing on the cake was the postcard-perfect sunset that dipped the sky into warm colour tones reflected by the lake. Though it was really pretty, it was freezing cold and my fingers and toes got totally numb… After an hour I had enough and left 😉

Winter isn’t so bad, isn’t it?

Impressions of a cold but beautiful afternoon on a frozen lake with a picturesque lighthouse and sunset in Austria

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  • Reply Myriade January 28, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Ganz tolle Bilder !

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Vielen Dank!

  • Reply rohrers January 28, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Great pics! Like on lake Weissensee…

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply annika January 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Cool pics 🙂 I would have been terrified to go on the ice.

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Thanks! It’s a bit scary at first but the ice felt very solid 🙂

  • Reply Christina January 28, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I have been waiting for this post since you posted pictures on instagram!! 🙂 it looks sooo amazing!! I really wanna go there too, how did you get there? public transport? 🙂

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Hehe I’m happy to hear that 🙂 It’s fairly easy from Vienna – take the train to Neusiedl and from there you can switch straight to a bus that takes you to Podersdorf. The whole trip only takes about an hour!

  • Reply Tiffany. Yang January 29, 2017 at 1:03 am

    This place looks amazing! though it does look freezing, I love how the ice and light tower gives a really peaceful atmosphere. Lovely photos 🙂

    Tiffany xx

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Tiff! Certainly the beautiful scenery paid off for the unbearable cold 🙂

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 January 29, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Julia I just love your photos…these are stunning. What magnificent places you visit.

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Likewise Sue 😉

  • Reply Julia January 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Julia,

    wow, die Bilder sind wirklich der Hammer! 🙂
    Durch den Leuchtturm wirkt es, als wäre es ein zugefrorenes Meer, total surreal aber wunderschön! Da hat sich das frieren absolut gelohnt!
    LG, Julia

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Danke liebe Julia! Das Frieren hat sich ausnahmsweise wirklich mal gelohnt 😉

  • Reply tayonthemove January 29, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Lol, no, winter is terrible! But you managed to capture the beauty in it. 😉 love these photos and the one of you jumping came out perfect!

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Hahaha too bad I could’t convince you 😉 Thank you!

  • Reply shootingvienna January 29, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    So schön, die warmen Farben gefallen mir super gut! 🙂

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Danke! Sonnenuntergänge gehören zu meinen Lieblingsmotiven 🙂

  • Reply Paleica January 30, 2017 at 9:07 am

    ach das ist ja sooo wunderschön!! wir waren ja am samstag im burgenland und da wollte ich ursprünglich auch mal wieder podo fotos machen, aber das wetter war so miserabel, dass es sich wohl nicht ausgezahlt hätte :/

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Sehr schade – ja die Sonne hat sich in den letzten Wochen wirklich sehr rar gemacht 🙁

  • Reply PinaySkattebasse January 30, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Really nice photos Julia. And it still amazes me how you were able to take a good shot while jumping that high! Picture perfect! 🙂

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Haha thank you! I can remote control my camera with my phone, that makes things easier 😉

  • Reply The Wayfarer January 31, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Looks great! I wonder, how do people know it’s safe to go on the ice? (Much less jump on it!) People here in Wroclaw have been ice fishing all month. I’m afraid my weight will cause it to crack!

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:44 am

      I heard a minimum of 15 cm thickness is required to be considered safe, so I think there are people are checking on that. It’s been so cold the weeks before that the ice felt very solid actually.

  • Reply Blueberry Stories February 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I’m lost in your photos – your posts make me fall in love with Austria, more and more 🙂

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Aww, thank you! You should come visit soon then 😉

  • Reply sommertage February 3, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Seit ich deine Instastory gesehen habe, warte ich nur auf eine Gelegenheit, selbst hinzufahren. Aber seit damals hat sich die Sonne kein einziges Mal mehr blicken lassen. Du hast echt den Jackpot geknackt 🙂
    LG Romeo

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Du hast Recht, ich hatte eigentlich richtig Glück 🙂

  • Reply annie lee February 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    ah that purple hue.. so beautiful 🙂 but yes in that cold i would probably have lasted less than hr too lol.

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 11:00 am

      It felt so nice being back indoors after that 😀

  • Reply wazwu February 3, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Even thought it was so cold, you still got such pretty photos. Did you operate the camera with gloves on? I always find that to be tricky! Hard to pick a favorite, but I really like that one of you jumping! Pretty sure I wouldn’t look so elegant if I tried a jump like that, hahaha.

    • Reply sileas February 4, 2017 at 11:03 am

      I had gloves on but my fingers were exposed and about to fall off 😛 Especially the phone is impossible to navigate with gloves… Honestly, it took a few attempts to get that jump shot and I picked the most elegant looking one 😉

  • Reply Sofia February 4, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I love your pictures of the lighthouse! <3 It looks so cold though!! bbbrrrr 🙂

  • Reply the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa) February 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Sooo schöne Fotos! Ich war im letzten Jahr zum ersten Mal am Neusiedlersee und fand es richtig toll da. Eine schöne Kulisse mit dem Leuchtturm 🙂
    Lieben Gruß, Anna

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