Green Lake in Austria (Gruener See), Tragoess – summer & winter
The Green Lake (Gruener See) in Austria, Tragoess is one of the most beautiful panoramic nature spots in Styria: Surrounded by the Hochschwab Mountains and located in a deep forest, the Green Lake is the perfect spot for nature lovers. It’s a pleasure to stroll around the picturesque emerald green lake and enjoy this incredible stunning landscape from one of the wooden benches nearby the water front.
Starting from the parking spot, follow the footpaths in direction to the Green Lake (Gruener See). Shortly, you will pass the first of the small lakes around, the Pfarrerlacke – and you will get a first impression of the immense beauty of this area. Surely, the Green Lake is the most beautiful lake in this place, but also take your time to enjoy the other smaller lakes, like the Pfarrerlacke and the Kreuzteich nearby.
Visiting the Green Lake in Austria is in each time of the year possible and the scenery literally changes with the seasons:
Green Lake/Austria in summer time
When the temperature rises and the ice is melting from the surrounding mountains, the lake gets filled up with water. In this time of the year this lake is changing in a dramatically green/turquoise color and lots of visitors are coming to see this gorgeous beauty. Moreover, the area is also called “the Caribbean of the Hochsteiermark”.
Don`t forget to take a blanket with you, there are lots of beautiful places next to the lake which are inviting you to have a relaxing picnic! It’s also lovely to walk around the lake, from the parking lot the whole tour will take approximately 1 hour. If you are up for some hiking, some great trails are starting from there too.
Green Lake/Austria in winter time
In winter this area becomes a small winter wonderland. The winter perspective is totally different compared to the summer one, there is less water inside the lake and the area is really calm. The lake appears as a mythic and crystal clear spot – the vibe is amazing there. If you are lucky you will even have the whole lake for yourself ;). Because of the low water level you can easily walk around the lake and enjoy the scenery.
Green Lake (Gruener See) in Austria
For the sportive ones: There is a beautiful cross country ski track starting just next to the parking spot. The route is about 14,5 km long with a wonderful panoramic scenery and you will skate next to the Kreuzteich.
Best way to go there is by car to Tragoess:
- 35 min from Bruck/Mur
- 50 min from Leoben
- 1:15 hour drive from Graz
- 2 hours from Vienna
Parking is 4 Euro/day. The Entrance to the green lake is for free and there are no opening hours.
Where to eat at the Green Lake?
We recommend to eat at the “Gasthaus zur Post” inside the village of Tragoess. Traditional tasty Austrian kitchen with appropriate prices.