Bathing places in Europe

Discover the natural beauty of the continent, the varied coastline and breathtaking places.

Swimming lakes in Europe

Discover the most beautiful lakes for your next vacation.

You are already planning your next vacation at the lake or the sea? Or do you want to go directly on a round trip with your motorhome and stop at the most beautiful and best lakes? No matter what you decide: Not only the hotel, the apartment or the campsite should be perfect but also the beach. the beach that goes with it. From the insider tip to the tourist magnet - we offer you a great and simple overview of all bathing spots all over Europe that you can filter and compare according to your exact and compare them. Whether camping site, nudist bathing, sandy beach, beach volleyball, children's playground and much more. - Filter according to what is important to you!

Not sure where to start looking? Among the most beautiful and interesting lakes in Europe are definitely the following Top 10, just waiting to be discovered by you!

Top 10 swimming lakes in Europe

  1. Lac d`Annecy, France
  2. Lake Starnberg, Bavaria
  3. Lake Garda, Italy
  4. Lake Maggiore, Italy
  5. Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
  6. Lake Geneva, Switzerland
  7. Lake Zurich, Switzerland
  8. Loch Ness, Scotland
  9. Lake Balaton, Hungary
  10. Lake Klopein, Austria

Water quality and water temperature of European bathing lakes

The bathing water quality in the European Union, as well as in Switzerland and Albania is published annually by the European Environment Agency. According to the latest annual report, more than 85% of the Bathing sites audited in 2018 met the criteria for excellent water quality. 95,4 % of all tested bathing sites met the EU's minimum quality requirements and are suitable for bathing. suitable. The tests check for two microbiological levels: intestinal enterococci and Escherichia coli. These are mainly caused by sewage and water from agricultural use. Heavy rains and floods often overflow sewers, bringing contaminated water into rivers and lakes. water into rivers and lakes.

Depending on the severity of the contamination, the agency assigns quality ratings of " excellent," "good," "adequate" or "poor" for water quality. If the water quality is classified as poor, bathing sites should be should be avoided or bathing bans should be imposed. (Source: European Environment Agency)

The current water temperatures in Europe are published daily by the German Weather Service. published daily by the German Weather Service. You can find a clear map at this address.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is the largest lake in Europe?

Within the EU, the largest lake in Europe is Lake Vänern in Sweden. In German it is also called Vänersee or Wenersee. It is also the largest lake in Sweden with an area of 5,519.1 km². On Swimcheck.com we have currently listed 15 swimming spots on the lake. Lake Ladoga in Russia is the largest lake in Europe with an area of 17,700 km². It is located in the Kaliningrad Oblast. Lake Ladoga is not only the largest lake but also the largest inland water body in Europe. Often the question about the largest inland lake or freshwater lake is asked in crossword puzzles.

Top 10 list of the largest lakes in Europe:

  1. Lake Ladoga (Russia) - 17700 km².
  2. Lake Onega (Russia) - 9720 km²
  3. Kuibyshev Reservoir (Russia) - 6450 km²
  4. Lake Vänern (Sweden) - 5519 km²
  5. Rybinsk Reservoir (Russia) - 4580 km²
  6. Saimaa (Finland) - 4370 km²
  7. Lake Peipus (Estonia & Russia) - 3555 km²
  8. Zimlyansk Reservoir (Russia) - 2700 km²
  9. Kremenchuk Reservoir (Ukraine) - 2252 km²
  10. Kakhovka Reservoir (Ukraine) - 2155 km²
What is the deepest lake in Europe?

With a maximum depth of 514m, Lake Hornindalsvatnet in Norway is the deepest lake in Europe. It is very suitable for swimming. Over a floating trampoline you can jump wonderfully into the water. Other activities are rowing or fishing.

What is the name of the warmest lake in Europe?

The warmest lake in Europe with up to 29°C in summer is the Klopeiner See in Carinthia in Austria. Currently we have listed two swimming spots near Unterburg on the Klopeiner See: St. Kanzian and Unterburg. All bathing places in Unterkärnten you find here: Unterkärnten. Due to the heavy tourist use of the lake, you can find numerous hotels, bathing facilities and lidos in the area.

Facts about the lake:

Area: 1.1 km²
Length: 1,8 km
Width: 800 m
Maximum depth: 48 m



Albania


Albania 100

Belgium


Brussels-Capital 1 Flanders 124 Flanders 19 Wallonia 6 Wallonia 36

Bulgaria


Severna I Iztochna Bulgaria 93 Yugozapadna I Yuzhna Bulgaria 3

Denmark


Capital Region of Denmark 142 Central Denmark Region 291 North Denmark Region 189 Sjaelland 257 Sjalland 8 Region of Southern Denmark 332

Germany


Baden-Württemberg 586 Bavaria 645 Berlin 60 Brandenburg 297 Bremen 25 Hamburg 33 Hesse 253 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 261 Lower Saxony 473 North Rhine-Westphalia 429 Rhineland-Palatinate 223 Saarland 36 Saxony 142 Saxony-Anhalt 117 Schleswig-Holstein 381 Thuringia 76

Estonia


Estonia 56

Finland


Åland Islands 9 Etelae-suomi 131 Itae-suomi 59 Laensi-suomi 108 North Savo 30

France


Bassin Parisien 331 Central-East 392 Dom 213 Estonia 105 Mediterranee 1040 Nord-Pas-de-Calais 41 West 953 Réunion 27 Southwest 332

Greece


Attica 242 Epirus 52 Ioanian Islands 213 Region of Crete 197 North Macedonia 185 Central Greece 174 Northern Aegean 169 Eastern Macedonia and Thrace 89 Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian 219 South Aegean 385 Thessalia 127 Western Greece 130 Western Macedonia 2

Great Britain


East Midlands (uk) 8 England 43 Gibraltar 6 London 4 Northern Ireland 24 North East (uk) 34 North West (uk) 34 Scotland 84 South East (uk) 82 South West England 196 Wales 100 Yorkshire & The Humber 22

Ireland


Dublin 1 East 0 Mid West 0 Mid-west 45 Midlands Province 0 Northern Ireland 34 Northern Ireland 55 South-East District 0 South West 0 West 3

Italy


Abruzzo 123 Apulia 674 Basilicata 60 South Tyrol 14 Emilia-Romagna 104 Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2 Calabria 651 Campania 351 Lazio 411 Lazio 4 Liguria 3 Liguria 411 Lombardy 251 Lombardy 15 Marche 1 Marche 247 Molise 33 Piedmont 95 Piedmont 10 Apulia 3 Sardinia 7 Sardinia 660 Sicily 1 Sicily 824 Tuscany 2 Tuscany 374 Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 13 Trient 39 Umbria 21 Veneto 169 Veneto 66 Veneto 11

Croatia


Continental Croatia 2 Istria County 203 Kvarner 284 Požega-Slawonien 6 Split-Dalmatien 436 Zagreb 0

Latvia


Courland 15 Latgale 8 Pieriga 24 Riga 6 Zemgale 4

Lithuania


Alytaus 13 Kauno 8 Marijampolė 6 Memel 19 Panevezys County 12 Siauliai County 21 Taurage County 3 Telšiai 9 Utenos 15 Vilnius 19

Luxembourg


Luxembourg 21

Malta


Malta 87

Netherlands


Drenthe 4 Flevoland 1 Gelderland 10 Groningen 2 Limburg 10 Netherlands 327 Noord Nederland 149 North Brabant 13 North Holland 9 Oost Nederland 157 Overijssel 9 Utrecht 4 Zeeland 2 Zuid Nederland 98 South Holland 3

Austria


Burgenland 21 Carinthia 35 Lower Austria 39 Upper Austria 53 Salzburg 48 Styria 43 Tyrol 63 Vorarlberg 18 Vienna 19

Poland


Centralny 0 Lower Silesian Voivodeship 37 Drossen 2 Greater Poland Voivodeship 8 Greater Poland Voivodeship 18 Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship 24 Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship 4 Lublin Voivodeship 10 Lublin Voivodeship 1 Lubusz Voivodeship 14 Lubusz Voivodeship 3 Łódź Voivodeship 1 Łódź Voivodeship 19 Lesser Poland Voivodeship 26 Masovian Voivodeship 1 Masovian Voivodeship 32 Opole Voivodeship 4 Oppeln 2 Subcarpathian Voivodeship 6 Podlaskie Voivodeship 6 Podlaskie Voivodeship 1 Northwest 0 Polnocny 0 Southwest 0 Poludniowy 0 Pomeranian Voivodeship 10 Pomeranian Voivodeship 62 Silesian Voivodeship 15 Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship 8 Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship 1 Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship 1 Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship 24 West Pomeranian Voivodeship 4 Greater Poland Voivodeship 47 Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship 3 Subcarpathian Voivodeship 1 Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship 5 Lublin Voivodeship 2 Masovian Voivodeship 6 Lower Silesian Voivodeship 4 Podlaskie Voivodeship 1 Pomeranian Voivodeship 20 Silesian Voivodeship 1 West Pomeranian Voivodeship 15 Dornod 0 West Pomeranian Voivodeship 52

Portugal


Alentejo 9 Algarve 109 Azores 60 Inselgruppe Madeira 36 Lisbon 52 Mitte 161 Nord 105

Romania


Ro Macro2 Se 48 South-East District 2

Sweden


Mellersta Norrland 3 Norra Mellansverige 39 Oestra Mellansverige 44 Oevre Norrland 17 Skåne County 93 Smaaland Med Oearna 86 Stockholm 82 Vaestsverige 130

Switzerland


Aargau 43 Appenzell Ausserrhoden 8 Appenzell Innerrhoden 1 Basel-Landschaft 15 Basel-City 3 Bern 60 Berne 3 Freiburg 2 Fribourg 5 Geneva 13 Glarus 1 Grisons 5 Grisons 3 Jura 4 Lucerne 2 Neuchâtel 3 Obwalden 1 Sankt Gallen 5 Schaffhausen 0 Switzerland 489 Schwyz 2 Solothurn 2 Ticino 1 Thurgau 2 Ticino 6 Uri 1 Wallis 14 Vaud 14 Wales 2 Zug 1 Zurich 12

Slovakia


Slovakia 38

Slovenia


Murska Sobota 1 Slovenia 47

Spain


Andalusia 383 Aragon 15 Asturias 79 Balearic Islands 204 Autonomous Community of the Basque Country 63 Ceuta 9 Extremadura 30 Galicia 551 Canary Islands 224 Cantabria 36 Castile and León 42 Castile-La Mancha 43 Catalonia 269 Rioja 1 Madrid 6 Melilla 11 Murcia 89 Navarre 13 Valencia 250

Czech Republic


Hl. M. Praha 5 Jihocesky Kraj 9 Jihomoravsky Kraj 20 Karlovarsky Kraj 9 Kralovehradecky Kraj 6 Liberecký kraj 18 Moravskoslezsky Kraj 31 Olomouc Region 4 Pardubicky Kraj 15 Plzensky Kraj 14 Stredocesky Kraj 25 Ustecky Kraj 18 Vysocina 19 Zlinsky Kraj 11

Hungary


Del-alfoeld 30 Southern Transdanubia 73 Eszak-alfoeld 18 Northern Hungary 8 Koezep-dunantul 93 Northern Hungary 17 Western Transdanubia 35

Cyprus


Cyprus 113