© Foto Pyhrn-Priel Tourismus GmbH/Florian Lierzer: Badespaß am Gleinkersee, Urlaubsregion Pyhrn-Priel
© Foto Pyhrn-Priel Tourismus GmbH/Florian Lierzer: Badespaß am Gleinkersee, Urlaubsregion Pyhrn-Priel
Ein Wassersportler ist von einem Holzsteg in den Gleinkersee gesprungen und eingetaucht. Es sind nur noch seine Füße zu sehen. Im Hintergrund Berge und Wald.
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Water sports in Upper Austria

Jump into the crystal clear water, dive into the realm of adventure and experience water in its purest form. And that in the truest sense of the word. Because Upper Austria's lakes are all of drinking water quality, reflecting the fantastic surrounding natural scenery. Especially in the Salzkammergut, which boasts 76 sparkling blue lakes. So go ahead and take a sip!

Wild or tame – water sports in Upper Austria's rivers and lakes

When you think of lakes, you must have the Salzkammergut in mind. There are exactly 76 lakes nestled here in a picturesque mountain landscape. Some are very well known and can't be missed due to their sheer size; others are small and often hidden in remote mountain valleys. Attersee, the biggest inland lake in Austria, is one of the most popular freshwater diving spots. Traunsee is a paradise for sailors and surfers. The turquoise Wolfgangsee paints a divine picture, while Mondsee is one of the warmest bathing lakes in the region. If you're looking for somewhere to go kiteboarding, water skiing or wakeboarding, the lakes of the Salzkammergut are all top destinations.

The holiday region of Pyhrn-Priel and the Kalkalpen National Park are, however, the first choice for true adventure. Here, the elemental force of water has carved out valleys through the limestone of the mountains. Numerous providers have thus specialised in taking adventurous souls onto the region's wild waters by kayak, canoe or rafting boat.

© Foto: Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH/Stefan Mayerhofer: Lisa Farthofer bei Vorbereitungen zum Rudern in Ottensheim in Oberösterreich
Lisa Farthofer bei Vorbereitungen zum Rudern in Ottensheim in Oberösterreich

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Rowing in Upper Austria

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Rowing in Upper Austria

Rowing is one of the healthiest sports in the world. A whole-body workout that is really fun with the right technique. Alone or in a group.

Upper Austria's rivers and lakes offer both amateur and professional rowers excellent conditions for this wonderful water sport.