Lake Mondsee is one of the loveliest lakes in the Salzkammergut region. Hang out for a few days to enjoy beach life, lake cruises, and the beautiful countryside.
Lake Mondsee is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Austria. No wonder! The turquoise lake is surrounded by mountains and, the countryside along its shoreline is dotted with pretty villages. We recommend you start exploring the region with a visit to the historic town of Mondsee.
The historic town Mondsee
As much as the lake is the main destination, the small town of Mondsee at the northern end of the lake is a very pleasant place. The town is home to the St Michael Basilica and the medieval Mondsee Abbey. Adjacent to the town square and in the sidestreets, there are some more nice historic buildings. In addition to restaurants, you also find a few shopping opportunities. The lakeshore lies about 200 meters from the town but offers a lovely stroll down a tree-lined path.
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A day at the beach
Mondsee is the warmest lake in the Salzkammergut with water temperatures up to 27 °C (81 °F) and offers nice bathing spots. At the western end of the seaside promenade, you find Alpenseebad Mondsee that has a small sandy beach, a large grassy area, and a small water park. This is the best place for “a day on the beach” at Mondsee. Arrive early to get a good spot as this place is very popular. There are two more public beach areas along the Mondsee, Strandbad Loibichlon on the east side, and the small Schwarzindien on the western shore. Many hotels and B&B´s have private access to the lake. For the thrill-seekers, you can join different types of water sports around the lake.
Cruises and boat rental
Mondsee is Austria’s 5th largest lake and 2 shipping companies offer cruises on the sea, departing from the small town of Mondsee. Cruises and round trips take about 1-2 hours. Moreover, cruises are available all year round (as long as there is no ice on the lake). The 11-kilometer long lake is 14.2 km² (5.5 mi²) large and among a mountain landscape. If you prefer to head out on the lake by yourself, simply rent an electric- or a sailboat at the waterfront.
Hiking and walking
Austria is well known for its fantastic hiking and walking trails. The region around the Mondsee also offers numerous hiking opportunities for everyone starting with leisurely walks to hiking for the fittest. 150 km of hiking trails, gentle hills, striking mountains, and a marvelous lake panorama. Families, pleasure hikers, mountaineers, and climbing enthusiasts get their money’s worth in the Mondsee-Irrsee region.
You find most of the accommodation along the lake on the south bank. There are several villages around the entire lake. At the northeastern shore of the Mondsee, the motorway between Vienna and Salzburg runs close to the lake. The Mondsee is just a 20-minute drive from Salzburg on the A1 motorway and is a popular day-trip destination. Also to mention is that Mondsee is one of Austria’s last privately owned lakes and for sale for around 16 million euros.
For more info: MondSeeLand Tourism
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