There is nothing better than spending all day chilling out in a lake. You can waterski, jet ski, ride a boat, paddleboard, kayak, whatever your favorite water based activity is, odds are you can do it in lakes (except surfing.)

So what’s better than cruising to the closest lake and spending your day maxing and relaxing? Flying to one of these picturesque lakes in Europe and maxing and relaxing there.

Europe has some of the most beautiful lakes in the world and we asked our colleagues to share some of their favorites.

 

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Lake Lucerne isn’t the largest lake in Switzerland, but it is definitely the most beautiful. Switzerland is known for their beautiful mountain views and Lake Lucerne is no different. The scenic landscape will leave you breathless and you will know immediately why this lake is such a popular tourist destination. This lake might be a little too cold to take a dip in, but hopping on a boat and cruising around will surely be well worth your time.

 

Lake Garda, Italy

If you’re looking for a warm lake then Lake Garda is for you. This is the largest lake in Italy that is surrounded by that warm Mediterranean climate. The lake is surrounded by lemon trees and olive trees and is filled with insanely clear blue water. This is a great body of water for you to partake in any outdoorsy activity either in the water or around the water. If you want to dive then this place is for you, but if you’re more of a mountain biking type then you can find that here as well. Lake Garda is absolutely phenomenal and should be a must on everyone’s Italian vacation.

 

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

These lakes are not to miss if you ever find yourself in Croatia. The reason these lakes are so fabulous is not just because of the amazing turquoise water surrounded by beautiful forests, but also because the lakes contain waterfalls and caves which are all marvelous to spend your time gawking at. Croatia is a beautiful country and so are the lakes that are contained within it.

 

Lake Annecy, France

Lake Annecy is where you will find what is known the “Venice of the Alps.” If that’s not enough to entice you right there, then I don’t know what to tell you. THe town of Annecy has canals that run through it which makes it very reminiscent of Venice although you’re clearly in the mountains of France and not in Italy. The French have put a lot of time and effort into cleaning this lake’s water and their efforts have definitely paid off. This lake contains the cleanest water in all of Europe and you can tell when you stare down at the beautiful bluish green waters. Bring your swimsuit and take a dip, or maybe give wakeboarding a try. Whatever you want to do in this lake, it is available to you, making this a must-see destination.