Looking to branch out from your regular hiking trail and try something new? Why not hike Austria’s Green Lake? This rare natural marvel turns one of Austria’s most beautiful and popular hiking trails into a 10metre lake for half the year.
The trail is located at the foot of the Hochschwab Mountains in Tragoess, Styria and during the winter, is completely dry. As soon as the weather starts to get warmer, as the trail is located in a natural basin valley, the snow and ice from the top of the mountains melts and pools in the basin, forming a lake.
The water levels go from 1 metre to over 10 metres, with the water levels the highest in June. You can actually go diving in the lake, and see what a mountain trail, complete with benches, looks like underwater. The light underwater is said to be incredibly beautiful, with the green colouring coming from the submerged trees and bushes as well as the water being crystal clear.
If you’re looking to add something to your next hiking trip, a visit to the Green Lake in Austria is highly recommended. Don't forget your wetsuit as well as your hiking boots for exploring the surrounding area. If you go in summer, look for a breathable pair to keep you comfortable.