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Diving in Austria

Gaze skyward at Austria, where Alpine lakes hide treasures for curious scuba divers. Beautiful and scenic, this is one of the premier places to see in Central Europe.

Diving in Austria

Quick facts

Landlocked Austria wouldn’t seem a good place for diving, but you can’t judge a book by its cover.

The Salzkammergut region of Austria has almost 170 lakes. A favorite is lake Attersee, where there are dive sites galore to check out, in this, the largest of the area’s lakes. Nazi treasures were once held in Wolfgangsee, and though you can’t take them with you, you can still see them on a dive.

By far the most popular dive site in all of Austria is the Green Lake, or Grüner See. Half of the year, the lake is actually a park that surrounds a shallow lake. The spring melt funnels water down to the park, filling it with clean, clear water. Suddenly, the park is transformed into a massive lake of up to 30 feet (10 meters), and sometimes more.

During a trip here you can swim in the cold, gin clear water, checking out park benches, trees, and trails, all on a carpet of green grass. It’s unreal!

When to go

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What to see

You will probably be surprised by the variety and amount of creatures in Austria’s alpine lakes. You can see huge pike in the shallows, hanging out near vegetation. Whiteling, perch, and trout can be found swimming in mid-levels. Down low you can even run across freshwater eels!

Sometimes, the catfish idling down at the bottom of the lakes will surprise you with their size, try as they may to look inconspicuous.

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Country

Adorned in breathtaking mountains, Austria is one of the most scenic countries in Central Europe. There are castles and medieval villages, hip cities and untouched wilderness.

The country was wrapped up in some nasty business during WWII, and many of the most prominent Nazis were born in Austria. Things began to rebuild after the war, and today Austria is back on her feet and headed in positive directions.

Today, Austria is one of the richest countries in the world, and the standard of living here is off the charts. Tourism, too, booms. People come from everywhere to see the mountains and ski down the world renowned slopes. Austria continues to be a top destination in Europe.

Other attractions

Austria, as you probably know, is not best known for scuba diving. The train rides through the mountains are some of the most scenic and breathtaking in Europe. Go skiing or snowboarding down some of these fantastic peaks. Head to Vienna for a day filled with interesting history and stunning landscapes, admiring the fountains and verdant gardens.

Getting there

Upon flying into this mountain strewn country, it is highly recommended to ride on Austria’s local transport. Trains, busses, and taxis crisscross the country, giving you a wide view.

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EUR

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+43

Calling code

230 V

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VIE

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Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.