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The 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in Europe

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Europe is full of picturesque lakes surrounded by stunning natural scenery. If you’re dreaming of beautiful Europe, check out our list of 10 not-to-be-missed lakes in Europe to add to your bucket list and start planning your trip!

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Lake Annecy, France

With its pure turquoise waters and view of the snowy Alps, this lake is idyllic and enchanted- and beautiful Europe at its finest! Visit Chateau d’Annecy, a medieval castle-turned-museum that overlooks Annecy’s old town which was once home to the Counts of Geneva.

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Lake Annecy, France

Lake Geneva, France and Switzerland

One of the largest lakes in Europe, this mirror-like lake stretches between France and Switzerland. Lake Geneva is surrounded by delightful small towns, abundant vineyards, magnificent mountains, and charming chateaux.

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Chillon Castle at Geneva lake

Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, located at the foothills of the Alps in Northern Italy, is renowned as an upscale resort area (hey, George Clooney – among other celebs – has a home there!). The glistening lake, stunning surroundings, and breathtaking sunsets are legendary, and the adjacent small towns are romantic and charming. The city of Como is located at the bottom of the lake, and it is home impressive Renaissance architecture, including the imposing Como Cathedral.

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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Wastwater, England

Wastwater lies under the shadow of Scafell Pike, the second tallest mountain in Europe, and is truly awe-inspiring. On a clear day, there are amazing views of the surrounding peaks, and, when the sun bursts through the clouds and illuminates the lake, you’ll be in for a most spectacular sight.

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Lake Wastwater, England

Loch Ness, Scotland

South of Inverness, Loch Ness is a 23-mile long freshwater lake in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. According to legend, this corner of beautiful Europe is home to the Loch Ness Monster. Many sightings have been reported by locals since the 6th century, attesting to a great dinosaur-like beast appearing in the still waters in the mountains.

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Plitvice Lakes, Crotaia

Plitvice Lakes are one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the scenery and surroundings are simply awe-inspiring. Cascading waterfalls work their way down into one of the many lakes scattered throughout this UNESCO World Heritage Site, accompanied by a multitude of vibrant colors. Hike in the peaceful setting and enjoy the untouched nature of one of the outstanding gems of beautiful Europe.

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Plitvice Lakes, Crotaia

Lake Hallstatt, Austria

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful Austrian lake is surrounded by some truly amazing scenery. Hallstatt is the crown jewel of Austria’s small towns, and it is considered one of the loveliest lakeside towns in the world. With its pastel colored houses, glistening lakes, and snowy mountains, this town is picture-perfect.

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Lake Hallstatt, Austria

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Surrounded by mythical mountains, lush hills, green meadows and forests, the lake has been dubbed “the heart of Switzerland.” The town of Lucerne is stunning with brightly colored houses and a well-preserved old town.

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Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Lake Garda, Italy

Garda is the largest lake in Italy and one of the most beautiful. Its deep blue color is stunning against the olive groves, orange and lemon orchards, and palms. The majestic mountains and breathtaking landscapes provide the backdrop for the lake, making Lake Garda another not-to-be-missed highlight in beautiful Europe.

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Lake Bled, Slovenia

This emerald-green lake and adjacent medieval castle are surrounded by the magnificent Alps, creating a postcard-perfect sight.

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Lake Bled, Slovenia
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