The Green Lake (Gruener See) in Austria
The Green Lake in Tragöß, also known as the Grüner See, is one of the most beautiful natural sites in Styria and has also become an extremely popular excursion destination in Austria in recent years. Situated at the foot of the imposing Hochschwab Mountains, between high mountains and deep forests, the Green Lake, both in summer and winter, is an absolute highlight for nature lovers. The special thing about it are the almost kitschy turquoise blue water colors, which together with the mountain landscape conjure up a spectacular backdrop. During a hike around the Green Lake you will certainly experience Styria from one of its most beautiful sides! A real highlight that you should not miss.
In this travel guide we give you all the important tips about the Green Lake in Austria. In addition, we show you amazing pictures, the most beautiful places to visit, and lots of information about planning your excursions.
General information about the Green Lake
The Green Lake is located in Styria – Austria, about 80 kilometers from the provincial capital Graz. This natural jewel belongs to the municipality of Tragöß-Sankt Kathrein and is beautifully nestled between the imposing mountains Pribitz, Trenchtling and the Meßnerin. Truly impressive is the crystal clear, emerald green water, which comes from the snow melt in spring. With only 4 to 6 degrees, this lake is ice-cold, and yet not suitable as refreshment, because swimming or diving in the Green Lake has not been allowed for several years for protecting nature.
The approximately 1-hour round trip from the parking lot makes it possible to walk around the Green Lake. On the way you will find numerous benches and nice places for picnics and snacks. The Seehof Inn restaurant also spoils its guests on site with regional delicacies.
It is also interesting that the water level of this meltwater lake changes greatly throughout the year. In late autumn and winter, the lake is only 1-2 meters deep, and in some years it can even disappear completely. At the beginning of summer, however, the Green Lake shows its most beautiful side. Then the maximum water level is between 8.5 and 11 meters, depending on how snowy the previous winter was!
The highlights of the Green Lake in Austria
No matter if spring, summer, autumn or winter, a trip to the Green Lake is worthwhile in every season! In 2014, this natural spot was even voted the most beautiful hidden place in Austria. If you are planning a trip, we have compiled the most beautiful impressions and impressions for you here:
The Green Lake in Summer
As soon as winter is over and the temperatures rise again in April, the lake fills with meltwater. The color of the mountain lake seems even more turquoise than usual, which is due to the lime dust in the water. An almost kitschy natural scenery awakens and attracts visitors from all over the world to admire the dreamlike play of colors and the green landscape. Locals often refer to their Green Lake as the “Caribbean of Styria” – and truly, the water colors here are absolutely magical!
Around the lake there are beautiful places to take a breather and let nature take its toll on you during a romantic picnic. It’s worth taking a look at the lake, because when the water level is high, it miraculously makes some hiking trails, bridges and benches even disappear into the water.
The Green Lake in Winter
In winter, tranquility returns to Green Lake. The picturesque region turns into a dreamlike, snow-covered, barren and clear winter landscape. The tourists tend to stay away then, and it becomes really romantic and idyllic. The mixture of icy air, the silence and the crystal clear turquoise water creates a unique ambience. With a little luck, you have the whole lake to yourself. Due to the low water level, you can easily walk around the lake even in winter.
A beautiful cross-country ski trail starts at the parking lot of the Green Lake. Equipment can be rented on the spot in the small hut. The 14.5-kilometer trail runs through an impressive landscape and even passes the nearby Pfarrerlacke for a short distance.
Getting to Green Lake & Parking
Public buses to Tragöß go rather rarely. The easiest way to get to Grüner See is with your own car or rental car. Parking costs 6 euros per day and can be paid directly at the machine. Here are a few distances to the larger towns in the area:
Hikes in the region of the Green Lake
You can perfectly combine a trip to Green Lake with a hike in the surrounding mountains! In the region you will find numerous great walks, hiking trails and mountain tours. Here are a few of the most beautiful ones:
- Grüner See Circular Trail: the 1-hour circular trail leads from the parking lot about 1 kilometer to the lake, passing smaller lakes such as the Pfarrerlacke and the Kreuzteich. Then it goes another kilometer once around the lake, and back to the parking lot.
- Hike to the Sonnschienalm: The most famous tour in this area is the hike to the Sonnschienalm. The best way is to go by car in the direction of Jassing. From there you start the ascent via the Russenstraße, which takes about 1.5 hours and can also be easily managed with children.
- Edelweißboden: A real insider tip is the 3-hour hike to the Edelweißboden at Trenchtling. From the end of June to the end of July you can marvel at the blooming of thousands of edelweiss flowers, a truly enchanting natural spectacle.
Best accommodations near the Green Lake
In Tragöß and the surrounding area you will find some nice accommodations. Most of them are privately run apartments or small family-run guesthouses. If you would like to stay a few days in this region, we have put together our recommendations for great accommodations near Grüner See…it’s worth a look!
- Pension: The Haus Bergblick is a lovely vacation rental just 3 kilometers from the lake. Guests love the hospitality, the delicious breakfast and the central location!
- Vacation apartment: The HAUS RUSSOLD in a relaxed atmosphere offers a pretty vacation apartment in beautiful surroundings. The facilities and cleanliness are also excellent.
- 4-star Hotel: If you want to combine your trip to the Green Lake with wellness, we recommend the beautiful Falkensteiner Hotel & Asia Spa in Leoben.
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