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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKES IN THE SWISS MOUNTAINS


Klöntalersee

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Picture by @fadah920

The Klöntalersee is situated in the Klöntal valley in the canton of Glarus. The natural lake lies at an altitude of 848 metres above sea level above the village of Glarus. With a length of about five kilometres and an average width of more than 200 metres, it is one of the largest lakes in Glarus. Since the beginning of the 20th century (1908), Lake Klöntalersee has been dammed on its eastern side by a small dam and is used for energy generation.
In the warm months, the lake is a popular destination for hikers, bikers, swimmers and families. Water lovers will enjoy the cosy places around the lake shore, especially in the eastern part. Beautiful grass areas can be found in many places around the lake. Boats can be hired at the Vorauen campsite and a small kiosk provides food and drink. Around the lake you can also find nice fireplaces.


gelmersee

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Picture by @tomcheliz

Lake Gelmer is a hydroelectric reservoir in the Bernese Oberland and is part of a series of hydroelectric plants in the Meiringen valley. It lies at 1860m above sea level and is accessible via a very steep funicular train originating in the village of Handeck.

The most popular way to get up there is to take the Gelmer funicular.

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, this is exactly where you should be. With an inclination of up to 106%, this funicular is the steepest of its kind in Europe. Originally built to transport the heavy construction materials for the Gelmer dam, it is nowadays open for adventure-seeking hikers. In a blink, the funicular makes its way to the Gelmer valley 1860 meter above sea level.


oeschinensee

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Picture by @lifeofswitzerland

Lake Oeschinen is a mountain lake belonging to the village of Kandersteg in the canton of Bern. It is one of the best-known and most photographed lakes in Switzerland and lies at an altitude of 1578 metres above sea level. The lake lies in the middle of the magnificent Bernese Oberland mountains with Blüemlisalp, Oeschinenhorn and Doldenhorn in the south and Dündenhorn and Zallershorn in the north. The length of Lake Oeschinen is 1.6 km while it is about one kilometre wide. The lake is more than 50 m deep.

In the warm summer months the mountain lake is used as a bathing lake for a cool refreshment. From the end of July the water temperature of Lake Oeschinen can rise to 20 °C.


Wildsee

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Picture by @frauki

The greenish shimmering Wildsee lies in the Pizol area at 2435 metres above sea level below the Wildseeluggen. The mountain lake can be found in an alpine mountain landscape a few hundred metres north of Pizolgletscher and from the summit of Pizols. The Wildsee is located on the municipal territory of Mels in the canton of St. Gallen. From the top station of the Pizol cable cars you can reach the Wildsee in an hour's hike.


Lago tremorgio

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Picture by @elseydik

Lago Tremorgio (Lake Tremorgio) is located above the centre of Rodi-Fiesso in the town of Prato (Leventina) in the canton of Ticino. The deep blue mountain lake lies in a valley at an altitude of 1820 metres above sea level. The round lake has a diameter of around 500 metres. The Lake's water is coming from  a number of mountain streams, while the River di Tremorgio flows out of the little lake and is used to generate electricity in the valley.

A walk, the "Giro del Lago Tremorgio", leads around Lago Tremorgio in three quarters of an hour. In summer the mountain restaurant "Capanna Tremorgio" offers food and drink for the numerous hikers. The mountain lake is the starting point for many hikes in the area.


Seealpsee

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Picture by @kathy__cole

Seealpsee is a lake situated at 1141 m above sea level in the Alpstein region of Switzerland and belongs to the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden. It's idyllic location, clean water and two mountain inns make Seealpsee one of the most popular destinations in the Alpstein region. It is named after the neighbouring Seealp. The idyllic location of Seealpsee invites you to linger. And you don't have to worry about food up here: There are two mountain guesthouses at the northern end of Seealpsee. The first is the mountain guesthouse Forelle. A few metres behind is the Seealpsee mountain guesthouse. You can spend the night in both guesthouses.


silsersee

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Picture by @frederikschindler

Lake Silsersee is the largest and most scenic of the Upper Engadine lakes. Surrounded by larch forests, it offers pure nature for hikers, walkers and water sports enthusiasts. Whether in golden autumn, winterly black ice or as a snow-covered cross-country trail, every season of the year is a great experience on Lake Silsersee.
Turquoise, emerald green or deep blue: the hike around Lake Silsersee is a thrilling experience with its play of colours. Around the whole lake there are 16 unique kilometres through forests and across meadows.
The highest scheduled boat line in Europe (1'797 metres above sea level) takes you across the lake in 40 minutes.


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