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Famed European Lakes

Europe is home to some of the most beautiful and peaceful lakes in the world. Here are some of the more popular waste basins on the continent.

Lake Annecy – Located in the easternmost parts of the France, Lake Annecy is the third largest lake in France and undoubtedly the most famous. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque waste basins on the continent and a testament to this is the fact that it was been drawn by numerous painters throughout the centuries including the world famous Paul Cézanne. It has a catchment area of 251 square kilometres and an average dept of 41 metres. The lake lies in close proximity to numerous mesmerising towns and villages including the Evian, Yvoire and the Swiss city of Geneva.

Lake Garda – Lake Garda lies in the northern parts of Italy and is largest lake in the county with a surface area of approximately 370 square kilometres. It has an average dept of 136 metres and a maximum dept of 346 metres. It is situated between Milano and Venice and is one of Italy’s top touristy destinations as it allows an easy access to both cities. The lake is also well-known amongst historians as it has featured in several historic battles.

Lake Wastwater – Surrounded by some of the tallest peaks in England, Lake Wastwater lies in the Lake District in the northwestern parts of the United Kingdom. It is the national park’s most remote water basin which makes reaching it a more tiresome task which is well worth due to its amazing scenery. It has a surface area of 1.08 square miles and a maximum dept of 79 metres.

Loch DuichLoch Duich – Situated on the western cost of Scotland, Loch Duich is a sea lake which is considered by travelers to be the most beautiful in Britain. It is the location of the breathtaking Eilean Donan Castle, a 13th century fortification which was the stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and Clan Macrae. Today it is one of Scotland’s most visited and photographed landmarks.

Lake Bled – Lake Bled lies in the Julian Alps in the northwestern parts of Slovenia. It is home to the Bled Island and the eponymous town of Bled. It has a surface area of 1.45 square kilometers and a maximum dept of 29.5 metres. The lake can be easily accessed as it lies in close proximity to the Slovenian capital city, Ljubljana and the local international airport. The water basin is often used as the venue for World Rowing Championship due to its calm waters and picturesque surroundings.

Königsee Lake – The natural lake of Königsee lies on the German- Austrian border and covers an area of 5.218 square kilometres which makes it one of the largest water basins in Europe. It is home to the island of Christlieger which is also known as Johannesinsel as it is the location of the marble statue of John of Nepomuk which dates back to the early 18th century. The lake has an average dept of 98 metres and a maximum dept of 190 metres. It is also one of German’s most visited natural landmarks.

Lake SaimaaLake Saimaa – With a surface area of 4.400 square kilometres, Lake Saimaa is the largest waste basin in Finland. It has an average dept of 17 metres and was formed by glacial melting at the end of the Ice Age. It is surrounded by the following settlements:

  • Imatra
  • Joensuu
  • Mikkeli
  • Savonlinna
  • Lappeenranta

A total of 14.000 islets are located within the lake and is a favorite destination of hikers, canoe enthusiasts, fishers, cross-country skiers, scuba divers and cycling aficionados.

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