It’s the Australian dream to backpack around Europe during their summer, for two reasons. First, summer in Europe is freeing- many associate European summer with being free and simply happy, much in tune with the general attitudes of Europeans themselves (Australian’s are typically more high-strung by nature). The second reason? We get to escape our winter! And although we may not see our capitals cities buried in snow like many other countries do, Australian winters are often soggy and wet. So when an opportunity to escape our miserable weather, we take it!
During my summer european travels I stumbled upon the tiny Austrian town of Fuschl, and I admit, I haven’t quite been the same since. As I said, European summer is the dream, and yet, never in my wildest dreams did I think they could get quite this magical.
Lake Fuschl is the dream: a must see if you’re heading to Austria this summer! Here’s how my excursion went down…
YOU SWIM, IN A LAKE?
I first heard about Lake Fuschl from a fellow traveler I met whilst I was trekking through Salzburg. In typical backpacker fashion, me and my friend decided to tag along with them on their day trip out to the lake. Now, I should mention here that Australian Lakes are rather dirty billabongs than beautiful pools of water; often they feature muddy floors, gross plants and interesting (scary) marine life. What I’m trying to say is, basically, they’re kind of gross, and not something you would want to swim in. Unless, you know, you’re into that camping lifestyle. Which I’m not. For the record.
Anyway, so we take the 45 minute local bus from Salzburg to Lake Fuschl when we realise this isn’t any ordinary lake, but rather, a beautiful, turquoise crystal clear sea of water. Surrounded by mountains and scattered log cabins, the scene is quite breathtaking, and nothing like anything you’d see in the land down under! With temperatures reaching 40 degrees, and water as clear as this, I knew I had to go back to my hotel to get my bathers!
So I did. And 90 minutes later, I was back at the Lake, bathers and all, ready to enjoy it in all it’s glory.
WHATS THE BEST SPOT?
You know we’ve got your back here at Wonderstruck Fawns to bring you the crème de la crème of the worlds best hidden spots! And this is no exception.
Lake Fuschl is massive, with plenty of swimming locations all around it’s border. But, hands down, the best spot to swim in the lake is in the fitness center located opposite the main bus stop. Whilst this may sound odd (to use the fitness centre to swim in a lake), hear me out: for €2.5, you get access to a private section of the lake, serviced by a restaurant, water slide and floating diving island. It’s like something out of a movie! If you don’t believe me, I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
BEST TIME TO GO?
There’s no doubt that the crystal clear, bright blue water sparkles the brightest during the height of the European summer. So without a doubt, if you can, head there during the summer! But, that’s not the only time you should go! I had a quick chat with some of the locals to get the full scoop, and they told me there’s a walking track that goes around the perimeter of the lake which takes about 2 hours to complete. They told me the lake is also especially beautiful during the Autumn months, when the leaves start to change color, or during spring, when the flowers start to re-blossom. So if you can’t get there in summer, don’t fret! It’s worth a trip most of the year.
OTHER USEFUL TIDBITS
▲ Lake Fuschl is located 45 minutes from the town of Salzburg, Austria. Public busses run from Salzburg to Austria, and can be caught from the main train station. Cost is about €5 return.
▲ Pack a picnic! Make it a day trip. Although there are some restaurants around, this kind of scenery is begging for a picnic under the open sky.
▲ Learn from my mistakes and take your togs! (If you’re heading there in the summer. Obv.)
What are some of your favourite natural swimming spots? Any as beautiful as this?!