Great lakes in Europe for an amazing vacation

By Sarah Chin A Sen - 7 MIN READ

Europe has so many stunning lakes, so it can be a hard task to choose which ones to visit! Lake vacations have a way of helping us reconnect with nature, making us feel a bit closer to it.

At TWISPER, we know some pretty great lakes for you to visit. Let’s take a look at 5 stunning lakes in Europe to help you make up your mind! I’ll also share some tips on where to eat, sleep & drink while enjoying fabulous lake views.

Lake Annecy, France

Lake Annecy is Europe’s cleanest lake thanks to the strict environmental regulations put in place about 50 years ago. Popular for swimming and watersports, Annecy’s lakewater comes from melted alpine glaciers.

There are many beautiful towns and resorts around the lake, but the city of Annecy itself is always a good choice! The beautiful old town, with its pastel-colored houses and charming cobbled streets, is an idyllic place, and the atmosphere reminds you of the city’s medieval past.

Where to eat? La Rotonde des Trésoms

 

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Located in the Trésoms Lake and Spa Resort, La Rotonde is a restaurant where you will be able to enjoy fine dining while admiring a stunning panoramic view of Lake Annecy. The chef brings a delicious modern twist to the local traditional cuisine.

Where to sleep? Le Boutik Hotel

 

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In the heart of Annecy’s old town, this hotel offers an amazing view of the surrounding European lake, castle and mountains. As you enter the place, you can immediately feel the history in its walls. Different atmospheres in each room render this boutique hotel a very special one!

Where to drink? Le Munich

 

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This German pub has an incredibly large choice of beers! Beer lovers won’t be disappointed. This place does not really have a view of the lake but it is a great spot to sit alongside the canals of Annecy and enjoy the sun.

Lake Geneva, France & Switzerland


With its beautiful crescent shape, Lake Geneva is one of the largest lakes in Europe. Shared between France and Switzerland, it is named after the Swiss city of Geneva, which is the most populous city on its shores.

Geneva has gained the reputation of a global city. It is the worldwide center for diplomacy and an important financial center. But it is also a place where you can enjoy the relaxing lake life, especially in the summer!

You can go on the water with a pedalboat, try out paddle boarding, relax on the beach areas and watch the famous Jet d’Eau splashing in the lake, all this while also enjoying the entertainments of a buzzing city!

Where to eat? Le Floris

 

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A little outside of the center of Geneva, Le Floris is an amazing place to fully take in the beauty of one of the best lakes in Europe. The terrace, which offers a panoramic view, will take your breath away, and the food will delight your taste buds!

Where to sleep? Float Inn – Boat B&B

 

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Why enjoy the lake view from afar when you can spend the night on the lake itself? This luxury catamaran is a great way to enjoy Lake Geneva. Several types of cruises are available during the day, and you can spend the night on board. A truly unique experience to have!

Where to drink? Rooftop°42

 

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Climb up the rooftops of Geneva to get a spectacular view of the lake. This restaurant and cocktail bar becomes a real party venue when the sun goes down, with live DJ events and good drinks!

Lake Como, Italy

At the foot of the Alps, Lake Como is a very picturesque place in Italy. With its unique inverted Y shape, it is one of the largest lakes in the country. Popular destination for celebrities, it is one of George Clooney’s fave lakes in Europe!

Lake Como has a more exotic nature and weather. It is a great place if you’re looking for that dolce vita atmosphere.

Bellagio, one of the most famous towns on the lake shores, is located on the northern point of the Larian Triangle, the land that separates the lake in two. It is a bucolic village that will make you forget all your worries.

Where to eat? La Punta

 

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This restaurant has such a unique location! Situated in Bellagio at the very top of the Larian Triangle, it offers an incredible panoramic view of the 3 branches of Lake Como. The traditional Italian cuisine is delicious, and the fish is fresh from the lake, caught by the family of fishermen that owns the place.

Where to sleep? Grand Hotel Tremezzo

 

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an iconic palace decorated in the Belle Époque style. The view from the rooms is just breathtaking and the three amazing pools are perfect to enjoy a refreshing swim!

Where to drink? Aperitivo et al
Not directly on the lake, this place has an excellent selection of wines, ideal to have an aperitif with local food dishes. If you’re not a wine connoisseur, the experienced staff is here to help you choose the right bottle!

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled is especially famous for the small island that stands proudly in its center. You can reach it with a wooden boat that resembles an Italian gondola.

The island has a few buildings including a pilgrimage church. Legend has it that if you listen to the church bell and ring it yourself, your wishes will come true.

Where to eat? Bled Castle Restaurant

 

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The Bled Castle has a beautiful restaurant where you can have a meal while enjoying an amazing view of the lake from above. The contemporary dishes highlight the local cuisine and ingredients.

Where to sleep? Vila Bled

 

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This historic boutique hotel is located right on the shore of the lake. Their list of famous former residents includes eminent political personalities such as Indira Gandhi. The service and the rooms are excellent, as is their restaurant!

Devil’s Cafe & Bar

 

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Really cool place to have drinks. The cocktails are nice, and the view of the lake and Bled castle will make everything taste even better!

 

Lake Hallstatt, Austria


The lake is named after the lakeside village of Hallstatt, which is especially famous for salt mining. The region was named a UNESCO World Cultural heritage site and has become an extremely touristy area. Victim of its social media success, it is described as “the most Instagramable town in the world”. This is also one of the more popular lakes in Europe for scuba divers and tourists in the region.

Where to eat? Restaurant Rudolfsturm

 

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Located above Hallstatt, in a medieval defense tower, this restaurant offers a unique view of the lake, and the nearby Top of Hallstatt skywalk is an amazing photo spot. Traditional Austrian dishes and pastries are served there.

Where to sleep? Seehotel Grüner Baum

 

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Ideally located on the market square, this boutique hotel has welcomed many historic figures such as the Empress Sissy and Agatha Christie. The terrace of the hotel is right on the lakeshore and the rooms have beautiful views of the surrounding water and nature.

Where to drink? Seecafé Frundsberg

A nice spot to take a break and warm up with a coffee or a hot chocolate on cold days. You can enjoy a direct view of the lake even from inside!

 

Inspired by these great lakes in Europe? These lakes are truly some of the most magical and enchanting places you’ll ever visit. If you want to discover more restaurants, hotels and bars next to the lakes, download TWISPER! ⚠️

Sarah Chin A Sen
By Sarah Chin A Sen

Sarah works in digital marketing and content creation at TWISPER. Travel and food are some of her passions and she shares her favorite spots and tips with you on our blog and on our app. Follow her on TWISPER to see her place recommendations around the world!

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