Pressegger See

Swimming, adventure and relaxation

The beautiful Pressegger See lake is surrounded by mountains, forests and meadows. The diversity of its natural surroundings is matched by the diversity of options and activities that guests visiting the lake can enjoy during the summer months.

With temperatures of up to 28°C, it is easy to see why the lake is referred to by locals as the "bathtub of the Gailtal Valley". Its exceptionally warm waters mean that it is one of the first swimming lakes in Carinthia to open each summer. One of the reasons why the Pressegger See is so warm is the large amount of sunshine the Nassfeld region enjoys. Another highlight is the quality of the water, which is clean enough to drink. 

“Many great adventures can be experienced at Lake Pressegger See and there are many animals to be discovered in the reed.“
My tip: “The water is already warm in spring and the playgrounds, for example “Realm of the Lake Witch“ or the “1st Carinthian Adventure Park“, offer an incredible variety and there are always plenty of children around.“ 

Elena Schluga

Fun for kids, relaxation for adults

There are many highlights for all the family on the shores of the lake. One major attraction is the 1. Kärntner Erlebnispark, a water adventure park directly next to the lake that is always a hit with children. Visitors can also hire pedalos and head out into the cente of the lake to get a new perspective on the Nassfeld region.

After all that adventure, why not lie down and relax on one of the many green spaces around the lake? These can be accessed via the many walking paths and Nordic walking routes that link up to the network of hiking trails in the region. And as the day draws to a close, don't miss out on the experience of a romantic lakeside dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants.


Tip! Find out about the best chill-out spots around the lake.


Untouched nature at the Pressegger See lake

Situated at the heart of Austria's second-largest reed belt, the lake is a great place to discover the flora and fauna native to the Gailtal Valley. Plants such as the common mare's tail and the yellow water-lily can be found among the lush reeds that often grow up to three metres high.

In the lake itself there are twelve different species of fish, while the plants, trees and forests around the shore are home to a number of bird species and rare dragonflies. A great opportunity for all the family to experience nature at first hand!

Sport on the lake

Thanks to its location in the south of Austria and the region's excellent infrastructure, the  Pressegger See lake is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. Activities available include:

  • swimming,
  • fishing,
  • surfing,
  • Stand-Up Paddling (SUP).

And, what's more, it is the perfect place to cool off after a hike or bike ride in the summer!

Swimming areas at Pressegger See lake

Hermagor Lido

FREE admission with the "+CARD holiday"

Passriach Lido

FREE admission with the "+CARD holiday"

Carinthia's 1st Adventure Park

Action, fun and bathing in Carinthia's first adventure park for kids. 

Schluga Lido

Water fun at 30.000 m²

Presseggen Lido

Family paradise at lake Pressegger See

Children at the playing ground Seehexe at the lake Pressegger See
Theme playground "In the Realm of the Lake Witch"

Meet the Witch of the Lake at this new themed play area on the shores of Pressegger See lake.

Pressegger See Circular Walk

This circular walk around Pressegger See lake is popular with families and joggers.

Route: Start at the "Strandbad Hermagor" swimming area and follow the walking path (clockwise) along the northern shore of the lake through the villages of Presseggersee and Presseggen for approx. 800 m. Continue past the 1. Kärntner Erlebnispark water adventure park and the "Strandbad Presseggen" and along the (quiet) road through the village. The trail then branches off to the right and heads towards the eastern part of the reed belt. It continues to the village of Passriach, then past the "Strandbad Passriach" swimming area, the "Seeappartements Pressegger See Süd" and the former "Seerose" hotel. A romantic forest trail then takes walkers to the "Strandbad Oswald" swimming area. From there the trail leads through the western part of the reed belt back to the starting point on the north shore of the lake.

Description: Trail crossing the upper and lower reed belt and offering views of the lake and the surrounding area.
Walking time: Just over an hour.
Starting points: in Passriach (to the east of the "Seeappartements Pressegger See Süd" holiday apartments),

  • from Presseggen (to the west of the "W-Werk"),
  • from the village Presseggersee (to the west of the "Strandbad Hermagor" swimming area).