Paris, Rome, Barcelona … Europe’s most famous cities are unmissable destinations for any traveler, but its rural delights have just as much to offer tourists. When you’ve had your fill of shopping and museum-hopping, there’s nothing better than escaping to a picturesque lake away from the hustle and bustle. Here are 5 of Europe’s most beautiful lakes – guaranteed to take your breath away.Lake Neusiedl, Austria
Lake Neusiedl (Ferto) holds the title of Europe’s largest saltwater lake. It’s home to a wide variety of birdlife, including the purple hero, great egret and red-breasted goose. One of the most idyllic spots in the region,......Lake Saimaa, Finland
Spanning more than 100 picturesque lakes and around 14,000 islands, Saimaa enjoys pole position as Europe’s biggest – and possibly most beautiful – lake district.......Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Sometimes referred to as the heart of Switzerland, Lake Lucerne was an important transit route for much of the country’s history. And getting out on the water is still one of the best ways to experience the lake,....
Lake Como, Italy
The famous Lake Como, or Lago di Como/Lago Lario, is one of Italy’s prizes (George Clooney has a lakeside house in the area). Think waterfront villas and bucolic towns, framed by snowy peaks in the......Lake Achensee, Austria
The extraordinary emerald green waters of Lake Achensee draw their fair share of visitors every year. With easy access from all sides, diving and windsurfing are popular pastimes on the lake, which......