10 Lakes in Europe you MUST Visit

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There’s something so serene about visiting a lake, especially when they’re as gorgeous as these top picks in Europe! From the gorgeous villas of Lake Como to the absolute serenity of Lake Saimaa in Finland, here are the most beautiful lakes you must visit in Europe!

Guide to Lake Como | World of Wanderlust Guide to Lake Como | World of Wanderlust

1. Lake Como, Italy

The first time I saw Lake Como was from a taxi window. My boyfriend and I had just stepped off the train from Switzerland and could sense the change of pace immediately. No longer were we in sleepy villages, but instead experiencing the full vibrance of Italy – gelato, outgoing locals, and gorgeous little towns full of life! Lake Como was everything I had imagined and more – stunning lakeside villas, vibrant towns, and most important of all… exceptional gelato!

Read more: A Quick Guide to Lake Como

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2. Lake Bled, Slovenia

I first visited Lake Bled on my year of solo travels, which began and ended in Europe. I had never previously visited Slovenia, but images online were the only convincing I needed to book a train there ASAP. Lake Bled is undeniably the most known lake in Slovenia, but you’ll also find many beautiful lesser-known lakes in the country. If there’s one country that will shock you with its dramatic scenery – this is it!

Lake Garda Italy Lake Garda Italia

3. Lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda in Italy is another of Europe’s most beautiful lakes and a very well known destination in Italy. The distinct Italian architecture is evident everywhere you look, giving an immediate time warp appeal to those travellers who like to feel like they’ve stepped back in time (you can count me as one of those!)

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4. Lake Annecy, France

If there were ever a town as pretty, charming and picturesque as Annecy, I’m yet to find it. This year I visited Annecy with my boyfriend and we both agreed it is the most beautiful town we have ever visited. Its just an added bonus that the town (and lake) exist in France – meaning outstanding food to enhance your visit even more!

Read more: A Quick Guide to Annecy

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5. Hallstätter See, Austria

There’s probably no prettier lakeside village than Hallstatt. In fact, I’m sure of it. This gorgeous little village is commonly regarded as one of Austria’s best destinations to visit – both in the summer and winter town (a layer of snow on the rooftops adds to the romance!)

Read More: Austria’s Best Kept Secret: Hallstatt


6. Lake Geneva, Switzerland

When I visited Geneva a few years ago, I was surprised by how big a city it was. The best way to escape the city I found, was to head down to Lake Geneva (which is huge, by the way) and wander around the lake’s edge.

(Image: Supplied)

Lake Bohinj Slovenia

7. Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Another stunner from Slovenia is the highly photographed Lake Bohinj. This lake is the largest lake in Slovenia, measuring a sizeable 318 hectares. The scenery around the lake is jaw-dropping to say the least so be sure to allow for a night or two to explore the area!

(Image by Jess Damen)

Lake Obersee via Flickr

8. Lake Obersee

The Obersee (meaning upperlake) is the larger of two parts that make up Lake Constance. Deep in the south of Germany and bordering Austria, this lake is undeniably one of Europe’s most beautiful. One of the most popular activities on the lake is to take a boat ride to see the beauty of the lake from the water – the surrounding scenery will astound you!

(Image by Thomas Gerhard)

Samaii Lake Finland Saimaa Lake Finland

9. Lake Saimaa, Finland

As one of my personal favourites in all of Europe, Finland is absolutely full of natural beauty everywhere you look. Lake Saimaa in the southeast of Finland is one of the most beautiful places to find yourself in Autumn, when the colours of the surrounding trees really come to life (though I’m sure it is beautiful any time of year!)

Loch Ness Scotland

10. Loch Ness, Scotland

Although not the prettiest lake in Europe, Loch Ness is a must visit for any of those interested in visiting the legendary lake where the loch ness monster is said to reside! I found the boat cruise a real hoot on my travels through Scotland and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting!

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    September 5, 2016 at 3:33 am

    These are all so gorgeous! Serious wanderlust happening here!

    August 31, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! I haven’t even heard of some of the lakes you mentioned here. Now I’ll try to see all of them.

    August 28, 2016 at 6:03 am

    I only did three of them but I loved them soooo much ! In particular Como Lake : a fairy tell to me !

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Kenza from

    August 27, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Oh wow, I want to go to all of them


    Megan Fitzpatrick
    August 25, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I love this list! I just finished travelling through Slovenia, and was blown away at how beautiful of a country it is – so many stunning lakes! Heading to Lake Ohrid at the end of Sept, so glad to see others saying positive things about it. Definitely need to put some of your favorites on my list!

    Danielle @ Our Passport Pages
    August 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I really liked Loch Ness. Something about those dark waters and a monster lurking underneath 😉

    August 23, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Oo Oo Oo, I have that exact photo of Como! But apart from Nessie I’ve not been to any others on your list. Time to adjust my bucket list!

    August 22, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Beautiful. I don’t know which I like best!

    August 22, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Exquisite photographs Brooke, you’ve now given me a few more destinations to add to my wish list.
    I’m thrilled that Loch Ness made the list (hehe)

    • Brooke Saward
      August 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Neesie! There are so many beautiful places out there!!

    sarah vernon
    August 22, 2016 at 6:38 am

    great post! i think loch ness is gorgeous, we were blown away when we visited in march last year, felt like we were in another country. we were blessed with exceptionally good weather though! x

    August 22, 2016 at 4:40 am

    I really want to visit lake Bled and the Hallstätter See. I can highly recommend visiting lake Como, the atmosphere and scenery are amazing!

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    Jess Valentine
    August 22, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Lovely photos, I love Lake bled so beautiful. Will have to check out the others!

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    August 22, 2016 at 1:47 am

    We fell in love with Lake Garda, there is a little secret island inside (!) the lake which can be visited with guided tours. So so beautiful. The hidden island inside Lake Garda is called “Isola del Garda”.
    xx Anna & Vanessa

    August 21, 2016 at 6:09 am

    There is something so relaxing and peaceful about spending time beside or on a lake.
    All of these lakes look gorgeous! I’m dying to check out Lake Bled!

    Swati & Sam (The tales of a traveler )
    August 20, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    gorgeous lake .. have bookmarked this page , gonna a really help me in planning my Europe itinerary

    Laura Mareno
    August 20, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Such an interesting post!! I hadn’t heard of some of the lakes you mentioned and they look so beautiful!! thanks for sharing! kisses:D

    Jill @ RunEatSnap
    August 20, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Oh sweet wanderlust! I would love to go to Lake Como and to Switzerland and oh so many places!!!

    August 20, 2016 at 3:32 am

    I loved the Königsee that leads up to the Obersee. I thought it looked like a Norwegian gletscherlake!

    Antonio Brzanov
    August 20, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Have you ever seen lake Ohrid in Macedonia!?!

      August 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      I have never seen a more beatuful lake than Ohrid <3

    August 20, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I loved Lake Garda and Lake Como!

    Klaus Scheicher
    August 19, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    There are several lakes called Obersee in the Alps. The picture of is taken from the Obersee in Berchtesgaden, not from the Obersee in Konstanz!

    August 19, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Lago Maggiore and Lago di Lugano are amazing as well

    August 19, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Such a beautiful lakes! I don´t even know some.

    Mishelle xx

    August 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Three spotted. Seven still remain

    August 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Hi You forgot the oldest one – Ohrid lake in Macedonia *.*

    August 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

    They all look SO dreamy!! x

    francesca prinzi
    August 19, 2016 at 9:56 am

    You should als check Lake Maggiore in Italy, so underrated but even more beautiful than Garda Lake.

    August 19, 2016 at 8:55 am

    So beautiful! I would love to see the ones in Finland, Switzerland & Slovenia! The Italian ones are even more wonderful in person too!

    August 19, 2016 at 8:16 am

    All beautiful. Should go and visit lake Maggiore in Italy too. It’s beautiful.

    Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)
    August 19, 2016 at 8:09 am

    The Italian lakes are just incredible!

    August 19, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Oops … Lake Bled, Brooke!!!

    • Brooke Saward
      August 19, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Sorry guyyyyys! I got a little excited and wrote Como twice haha – corrected!

    August 19, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Hello. Isn’t #2 Lake Bled?

    • Brooke Saward
      August 19, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Oops I wrote Como twice haha! Thanks for the correction!!

    Alina Donnell
    August 19, 2016 at 6:59 am

    did you mean Lake Bled – not Lake Como – in Slovenia ?

    • Brooke Saward
      August 19, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Yes – all fixed 🙂 sorry I got too excited typing away about these gorgeous lakes! All fixed!