Explore Seven of The Most Beautiful Alpine Lakes in the World
One of the greatest gifts Mother Nature has granted lovers of the outdoors is our planet’s wealth of alpine lakes. Blessed with fascinating colors and scenic mountainous backdrops, the vast majority of these high-altitude jewels come with a ‘must see’ quality not shared by many of their lower-altitude cousins. National Geographic states that there are no fewer than 117 million lakes worldwide. While we certainly don’t envy the poor dude or dudette tasked with counting them all, narrowing them down to the top seven is certainly no cake-walk either. Nonetheless, below, we take you through seven of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world that you should consider putting on your must-adventure list. And if these chosen seven happen to be outside of your range, fortunately for all of us we have 116 million, nine-hundred and ninety-nine thousand others, each offering their own, unique adventure.
Lago di Braies, Italy
Situated at the start of Italy’s famous long-distance hiking and via ferrata trail, Alta Via #1, this magnificent emerald gem nestled between a collection of giant peaks is almost enough to make you abandon the hike and stay there forever. Visitors to South Tyrol are almost spoiled for choice when it comes to spots of natural beauty but almost always cite Lago di Braies as one of the region’s highlights.
According to legend, the south end of the lake – which is located in the north of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park – was known as the gate to the Fanes underworld and could be reached only by boat. For the money, it resembles a gate to paradise, if not paradise itself…! While Italy is loaded with lots of glorious lakes – alpine or otherwise – if you only visit one, be sure to make it this one!