Magical morning at the Green Lake (Grüner See ) in Styria

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Up until about two years ago, I’ve never heard about the Grüner See (Green Lake) in Styria. But then there was this article about it in the news papers and it got nominated to be one of Austria’s most beautiful spots. I started wondering why neither I nor anyone I know has ever been there, since it’s pretty close to home and honestly… hence the size of Austria, pretty close to about every corner of good old Austria! 😉

Two friends and I had the idea of doing a little more homeland exploring whenever we have some time to spare and when the idea of going to Grüner See came up, we were instantly hooked.

Before I tell you about how amazing our trip to the lake was and how much I fell in love with the crystal clear water and the surreal colors of the lake, I’m going to tell you some useful facts about the Grüner See – Just in case you want to put it on your bucket list! 😉

  1. It’s not an ordinary lake

When planning a trip to the Green Lake, make sure to plan it during late spring or the early summer month. Its water comes from the snowmelt from the karst mountains surrounding it. Therefore the time after the snowmelt or during it is the time where the basin that becomes the lake will be filled up the highest and it is also the time of the year when people used to do spectacular diving and underwater photo-shootings. The lake reaches its maximum height usually between May and June.

  1. It was a divers paradise

During the month when the water is at its highest, the Green Lake was a paradise for divers. Diving through the green meadows, along hiking trails and tree trunks or floating by a bridge and benches isn’t something you experience every day.
Hence to the massive increase of tourists going there though, it is apparently prohibited to dive there since January 1st of 2016. Maybe the hype about it will fade eventually (although I don’t think so! :P) and I’ll have the chance to dive there too.

  1. It’s a tourist attraction

Since the articles I mentioned above, the Green Lake has become quite a tourist attraction. During its peak season and especially on weekends it is definitely a good idea to get up early and be there before ALL the OTHER PEOPLE are.
My friends and I got up at 4.30 in the morning to get there before the rest did and it certainly paid off. We had the lake all for ourselves (besides the ducks and ravens) and the chance to take in all its magical and peaceful glory.

  1. Pack some plan B breakfast

If you want to see the Green Lake without a bunch of people blocking your view and you decide to get up early and be there during the early morning hours, make sure to pack some plan B breakfast. Although there is a restaurant quite close to the lake, it probably won’t serve food in the early morning hours on a weekday! 😉

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  1. Don’t litter and respect the area

Although I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t cross your mind anyway I simply have to mention it here: Don’t leave any trash or food leftovers in the Green Lake area! There is a bunch of trash bins along the way around the lake, so it’s not much of an effort to put everything you want to get rid of in there. Camping and open fires are also prohibited. It is a strictly protected nature conservation area and once you’ve seen the beauty of it with your own eyes, you’ll realize why the rules to protect it are strict like that.

  1. Bring a drone

If you own one or know somebody owning one, bring a drone.
The lake by itself is breathtaking, but seeing it from above is something you’ll never forget. My friends and I had the chance to borrow a drone and I’m still in awe with the pictures we got from it.

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As I mentioned already, we got to the Green Lake in the early morning around 7 a.m. We were the only people there and approaching the lake after a short walk through the woods left me speechless. I knew the lake was famous for its amazing turquoise color, but the intensity of it still surprised me. The water is crystal clear and you can see all the way down to the lakes stony ground.
Heather flowers surrounded the whole lake and the grey karst mountains in the background perfected the whole setting. Since the three of us are mad about taking photos we stopped about every meter for new shots and it took as ages to circle the lake. A few ducks were following us all the way, probably waiting for us to feed them with something, and from time to time you could see the reflection of a raven flying over the lake mirrored on the surface of the water.

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Since we got there so early and the sun didn’t break through the misty clouds yet, it was a bit chilly at the lake, but nevertheless we stayed there for about 2.5 hours. There was simply too much beauty to discover to even think about leaving earlier.

Even on our way back to the car, we didn’t come across any other people and back at the parking lot we realized how lucky we were. Around 10 in the morning the cars started to flock in and I’m pretty sure, being surrounded by a lot of other people would have totally ruined this magical Green Lake experience for me.

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Photo by: Rene Salaböck

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Walking the Polsterlucke Tour in Upperaustria

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Walking through a winterwonderland

Those of you who’ve seen my Instagram profile know, that I am originally from a part of Austria called Upperaustria. So , even though, I am a city girl through and through by now and I couldn’t imagine missing out on all those great things Vienna has to offer, all those imposing buildings and the possibilities one has when living in the capitol of Austria, I simply can’t deny my roots.
Sometimes, I long for mountains, for wild rivers, for woods that seem to be endless and especially in winter, I long for walks on snow-covered paths. So this is why, I am escaping the city on a regular basis. Even if it’s just for a few days, but one thing for sure, I’m always returning to Vienna more relaxed and my batteries fully charged again.

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Schiederweiher

One of my favorite places in Austria to refuel my energy is Hinterstoder in Upperaustria. A lot of people go there on vacation, but mainly because of the skiing region and the awesome aprés ski lodges. But there is so much more to Hinterstoder than skiing and partying. For me, the best thing there, is to do the Polsterlucke tour.  Walking it takes about 2 hours and you will come across a beautiful pond (Schiederweiher), there is a great change you’ll see some wild deer and there is a cute little lodge along the way. Walking , you will have an incredible view on the Gr. Priel and the Spitzmauer.  For Photo addicts like me, it’s almost impossible to get along, because you will stop about every few seconds to take another picture.

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The most romantic and comfortable way to do the tour is definitely in a sleigh.

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During the winter month, you can even take a ride in a sleigh, which is a pretty romantic thing to do when you’r out and about with your loved one.
Another thing I love about spending the day there is, that you’ll come across a cute little lodge named Polsterstüberl, where they have the best traditional Austrian food and during the winter month they serve you steaming hot punch.

For those of you, who long for more physical exertion, it is also a great place for cross country skiing, or you can start the climb up to the Great Priel Mountain.

Going to the Polsterlucke is gorgeous all year round and definitely one of my favorite things to do in Austria.

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Schiederweiher in autumn
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Colors galore

More information about the tour – Here!

Posted by Lisa