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Lake Toplitzsee Between nature and history

The mystical dark waters of Lake Toplitzsee lays about a 20 minutes walk from Lake Grundlsee. This outrageously gorgeous lake must not be missed when visiting the area! The walk is undemanding and it is safe for young and old folk alike!

1.9
km
length
400
m
width
103
m
max. depth
54
ha
area
718
m
above sea level
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Lake Toplitzsee – a scenic treasure hunt

The­re are four varied paths that lead to Lake Toplitz­see. The vehi­cle access road is clo­sed to nor­mal traf­fic but it is pos­si­ble to take a hor­se and car­ria­ge up this peace­ful gra­vel road to the spec­ta­cu­lar shores of Toplitz­see. From this point the only way for­ward is to take a Plät­te” boat across to the east shore as the­re is no access paths going around the side of this lake. From the east shore of Toplitz­see it is a short walk to the seclu­ded natu­ral won­der that is Kammersee. 

Lake Toplitz­see is fed by beau­ti­ful water­falls as well as an under­ground tri­buta­ry from Lake Kam­mer­see. From the sur­face, the Toplitz­see appears dark and mysterious…this is an unusu­al natu­ral phe­no­me­non that is cau­sed by mul­ti­ple lay­ers of dif­fe­rent water solu­ti­ons. Twen­ty meters below the sur­face is a second lay­er of water that has a very litt­le oxy­gen and a low level salt con­tent. The­se mixing lay­ers cau­se an effect whe­re the light is swal­lo­wed” and gives the lake its black appearan­ce from above. 

Toplitz­see is loca­ted in a Natu­re Reser­ve, which means that the­re are restric­tions on what activi­ties are per­mit­ted the­re. Swim­ming is allo­wed but all other types of water activi­ties such as SUP boards, any type of boa­ting or diving equip­ment is for­bid­den. The natu­ral diver­si­ty of Toplitz­see thanks you for you cooperation!

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An eventful history

A memo­ri­al stone com­me­mo­ra­tes the first mee­ting bet­ween Arch­du­ke Johann and Anna Plochl, a gre­at and unusu­al love sto­ry that began at Lake Toplitz­see in 1819

More clo­se­ly rela­ted to the Lake its­elf are the reports of trea­su­res from the Nazi era – the lake has seen many trea­su­re hun­ters in its past, even sub­ma­ri­nes were used in search of gold and objec­ts of art. In fact, vast quan­ti­ties of coun­ter­feit Bri­tish pound bank­no­tes were found at the bot­tom of the lake; for­ged on behalf of the Nazi régime with the pur­po­se of causing las­ting dama­ge to the Bri­tish economy.

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Movies on the subject

The Trea­su­re of Lake Toplitz­see, 1959

Die Fäl­scher, 2007 (Oscar for Best For­eign Lan­guage Film’)

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Dining

If you would like to learn more about the histo­ry and at the same time enjoy the local culi­na­ry delights, then the Fischer­hüt­te” at the Toplitz­see is the per­fect place for you. The restau­ran­t’s ter­race is loca­ted direc­t­ly on the west shore and the regio­nal cui­sine is famous for char and trout from the local waters.

Restau­rant is clo­sed on Wednesday.

Reser­va­ti­on, espe­ci­al­ly for lar­ger groups, is recommended!

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