The Traunsee may be renowned as one of the loveliest lakes in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria.
But hidden away in a valley around ten kilometres from Ebensee are the Vordere and Hintere Langbathsee lakes, both favourite hiking destinations for those in the know.
It takes about an hour to walk around the Vorderer Langbathsee from the lake car park, and about two hours to make the circuit of both lakes.
The trees of the forest which surrounds the Vorderer Langbathsee come down the slopes to line the shore. Red beech, sycamore maple and ash dominate the area near the water, while blocks of limestone are scattered in the forest. Those with a sharp eye may spot rare plants such as the Turk’s cap lily, deadly nightshade and native orchid species on their walk around the lake.
The water temperature at the Vorderer Langbathsee gets up to 25 degrees and the natural bathing beach features views of the turquoise lake, the mixed forests and the rocky precipices of the Höllengebirge.
Swimming is not permitted in the Hinterer Langbathsee, which is protected as a nature reserve.
More information: www.traunsee-almtal.at