The world is filled with beautiful places, mountains, rivers, gorgeous architectural buildings, history, urban cities, and rivers & lakes. On my mission to explore the world, I continue to stumble upon astonishing lakes. Some undiscovered yet and some least visited. I haven’t seen it all, but it’s not too much to dream of visiting all one day? So, today I have collated the most beautiful lakes in the world from my fellow travel bloggers. We all need some inspiration, right?
Most beautiful lakes in the world
Lake Moraine, Banff, Canada | To Some Place New | Instagram
Lake Moraine is a glacier-fed lake located in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. What makes this lake so unique and beautiful is its accessibility. The lake is surrounded by a range of beautiful mountains, snow-capped and with the sun peeking through them leaves a stunning reflection on the water. Read more about Banff National Park if you’re planning to stay in the Canadian Rockies.
On beautiful summer days, when the sun is bright until 08:00 pm, kayaking, and hiking are one of the popular activities. Winter time, although the lake is frozen, it’s still a beautiful sight with the Rockies backdrop. A must visit – any time of the year. Would you like to visit this one of the most beautiful lakes in the world? Love kayaking combined with fishing, I then suggest heading to this guide for the best fishing kayak for sale.
Lake Titicaca, Peru & Bolivia | Facebook | Instagram
South America’s largest & beautiful lake sits at a breath-taking altitude of 3800m above sea level and was a deeply spiritual place for the Inca people. Today, it’s a popular stop on the tourist trail – a tranquil place to unwind after a trek to Machu Picchu or a 4WD tour of Salar de Uyuni.
Lake Titicaca sits right on the border of Peru and Bolivia, and both sides of the lake offer unique travel experiences. The Bolivian side is less touristic, where women trade in petticoats and bowler hats, selling salteñas, fried lake trout and handmade jewellery in the town of Copacabana. Within Peru’s borders lies Puno, where tame llamas stand for photos (all of them named ‘Princessa’, funnily enough) and travel agencies sell tours to the floating Uros Islands, communities that live on islands crafted from interwoven reeds.
Even without the tours, Lake Titicaca is worth seeing in its own right. A deep rich blue in the sunlight and while swimming seems tempting, the high altitude makes for icy waters, so it’s best to enjoy the lake from lookout points and paddleboats.
Lake Annecy, France | Girl With A Saddle Bag | Facebook | Instagram
Think of alpine lakes and the chances are, you’ll think of Switzerland or the Italian lakes. But look no further than these beauties and you’ll miss the raw majesty of Lake Annecy, just a stone’s throw from Geneva, in France.
Lake Annecy is more than Europe’s cleanest lake, it’s also one of the most vibrant, breathtaking and surprising regions in all of France. Surrounded on three sides by verdant alpine peaks, this 14km long pool of crystal clear water is crowned by the city of Annecy with it’s charmingly colourful medieval old town.
To experience the jaw-dropping natural beauty of the lake at it’s fullest, hike or cycle to the top of Mont Veyrier or Col de la Forclaz and look down on the water glittering beneath you in the sunlight. Or stroll along the promenade just a stone’s throw from the city’s old town, where a panorama of water, sky, and mountains stretches ahead of you. Lake Annecy may not be the biggest or the deepest lake, best hidden or least well-known – but it’s a magical region, perfect for outdoor adventurers and those wanting to be wrapped in warm culture and enchanting landscapes.
Lake Holon, Philippines | Tara Lets Anywhere | Facebook | Instagram
Lake Holon spans 300 hectares and is 1700+ meters above sea level. It is taken care of by the indigenous community of the T’Boli who lives in the area.
Kanda Lake, Himachal Pradesh, India | The Wandering Core | Facebook | Instagram
Sangla Kanda has a gorgeous lake fed by the melting snow from the surrounding mountains. The nearby scenic Kailash mountains, a base camp for trekkers going to Reocong Pass is the Lake literally ignored by the tourists. Situated on a height of 2600meters above sea level, the weather here can change in moments. The best and recommended time to visit the lake is mid-morning till 12:00 PM. Post this time, the winds start flowing at a fast pace, and the chances of getting stuck increases. The lake can be reached through trekking to the top or by hiring a 4X4 local vehicle. The roads are not yet developed, so taking a local driver is the best advice. Explore the entire mountain surrounding the lake and don’t miss spotting the shallow valley holding the cursed black river.
Norton Lake, USA | 33andfree.live | Instagram | Twitter
There’s a reason why the rich and famous flock to the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. Surrounded by Alpine foothills, the wishbone-shaped body of water holds a wealth of gorgeous scenery, from waterfront villas boasting colourful gardens to picturesque small towns with stone streets.
As the third-largest lake in the country, Como offers no shortage of spots to explore along its three arms. In popular towns like Bellagio, you’ll find open-air dining and plentiful small shops along narrow, hillside lanes, while quieter villages retain their authentic charms.
Boat rides are readily available to transport you from town to town or guide you on scenic cruises to soak in the mountainous views. Or, if you prefer to relax under the summer sun, many resorts here feature lakefront pools, some even floating on the water.
Lagoa Fogo, The Azores | TashaSoyster | Facebook | Twitter
Lake Taupo, New Zealand | She Dreams of Alpine | Facebook | Instagram
Königssee, Germany | Reverberations | Facebook | Instagram
Lakes dot the German state of Bavaria but few feel like the secret and natural oasis that is the Königssee. Located deep in Bavaria near the border with Austria, the lake is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden National Park in the shadow of the Watzmann mountain peak. The lake is the third deepest lake in Germany and said to be the country’s cleanest.
Locals adore the Königssee for rest and relaxation. You’ll often see them going for a dip in the cool, bright water. Tourists flock to the crystal clear lake for its unmatched beauty and to visit the small pilgrimage church, St. Bartholomä. With a restaurant with Biergarten and a smoked fish stand nearby, you can while away the day on the edges of the lake or take a more active, outdoorsy approach. Electric ferries float effortlessly along the lake and shuttle adventurers while being eco-friendly. And to demonstrate the amazing echo of the surrounding mountains, a ferry employee plays the trumpet in the middle of the lake!
Dream Lake, USA | Nomad By Trade | Facebook | Instagram
Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, United States is a stunning mountain lake with a backdrop of craggy peaks behind it. It’s a small lake, but the view more than makes up for its size. On a good day, the water is as still as glass, creating incredible reflections on the surface. As you approach from below, the lake reveals itself and is absolutely captivating.
Dream Lake can be reached with a short hike that departs from one of the park’s most popular trailheads. Hikers can depart from the Bear Lake trailhead and follow the popular marked trail up to the lake. The round trip can easily be done in a couple of hours.
Dream Lake truly is one the most beautiful lakes in the world, would you want to visit it?
Lake Powell, USA | Red Around The World | Facebook | Instagram
Mono Lake, USA | My Vacation Pants | Facebook | Instagram