The most beautiful lakes of the world

The most beautiful lakes of the world

The most scenic wonders of nature

Already since time immemorial, lakes for humans were the source of drinking water and fish. For travelers and tourists are one of the most beautiful places that our planet offers. Reflections of the mountains on the lake surface are paradise for photographers and eyes romance. Here we bring you a list of lakes that you should not miss on your travels.

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Attabad lake
36.321, 74.865
2 341 m / 7 680 ft

#1 Attabad lake

The most beautiful lake in the Karakoram

Attabad lake in northern Pakistan confirms that mountains have their often dramatic life. It was founded only in 2010, when a massive landslide in the mountain shut out the entire valley of river Hunza. Today it is one of the most beautiful lakes of the world because of the surrounding dramatic mountain landscape.

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Pangong tso lake
33.947, 78.438
4 250 m / 13 944 ft

#2 Pangong tso lake

Most beautiful lake in India

On the border between India (Ladakh) and China (Tibet), is very beautiful Lake Pangong Tso (4250 m n. M.). It has a very unique shape: is 134 kilometers long and only 4 km wide. For tourists it is easily accessible from the Indian side.

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Laguna Colorada
-22.208, -67.774
4 290 m / 14 075 ft

#3 Laguna Colorada

Red heart of Altiplano

Red Laguna Colorada belongs among one of the biggest attractions of this part of Bolivia. You will admire here thousands of flamingos living in this red lagoon surrounded by volcanic mountains.  

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Titicaca Lake
-15.925, -69.335
3 820 m / 12 533 ft

#4 Titicaca Lake

Freshwater sea

This fabulous lake is situated at an altitude of 3 820 meters above sea level. It is often stated as the highest navigable lake in the world. With its area of 8549 square kilometers it is also the second largest lake in South America. There are 36 islands and it has a clear blue colored water. It is actually a remnant of an ancient sea that once covered almost entire Altiplano.

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#5 Baikal

The world´s largest well

The deepest (maximum depth 1642m) and oldest lake in the world, in which is 20 000 km3 of water. It is about 700 km long and 20-100 km wide. It is the largest reservoir of fresh water in the world and in addition, around several hundred species of plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else live here. The lake itself lies in 456 meters above sea level and is surrounded by mountains that reach over 2,000 meters above sea level. In some areas it is relatively full of tourists, but if you move a little farther, the areas can be even untouched by tourism. 

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Chungara lake
-18.251, -69.156
4 561 m / 14 964 ft

#6 Chungara lake

Chile's Lake Jewel

Highly lying, the large Chungara Lake (4,561 meters above sea level) is one of the most beautiful Southamerican lakes, thanks to the volcanic peaks surrounding it. The most beautiful is the view of the Parinacot volcano towering directly above the northern end of the lake. It is the biggest touristic attraction in the north of Chile.

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Tilicho Lake
28.683, 83.857
4 916 m / 16 129 ft

#7 Tilicho Lake

Lake in the shadow of Himalayas

If you walk away from the main circuit of the trek around Annapurnas and come to this magical lake, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful hike you can experience throughout Nepal. Large lake lying at an altitude of nearly five thousand meters above sea level is surrounded on one side by arid eroded hills and from the other side rises invincible wall of Tilicho peak.  

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Köl Ükök lake
42.09, 75.917
3 047 m / 9 997 ft

#8 Köl Ükök lake

Amazing lake over Kochkor

The biggest tourist attraction in the vicinity of town Kochkor is beautiful lake Köl Ükök (3 047 m asl). This nearly three-kilometer long lake is surrounded by four thousand meters high mountains and meadows with herds of horses and cows grazing here in the summer.

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Atitlan Lake
14.691, -91.203
1 558 m / 5 112 ft

#9 Atitlan Lake

The deepest lake in Central America

Lake Atitlan (1 558 m asl) is a real gem not only in Guatemala but throughout Central America. Caldera of gigantic ancient volcano is now filled up with a huge 340 meters deep lake. Moreover, from its shore tower new volcanic cones covered with high mountain jungle, which make it very charming atmosphere. The surroundings is also very fertile, so you will find here also picturesque Indian villages.

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Namtso Lake
30.738, 90.755
4 729 m / 15 515 ft

#10 Namtso Lake

Sacred Tibetan Lake

Namtso (4,729m asl) /sometimes also written as Nam Co/ is the largest lake in the Tibetan Autonomous Republic and one of the world's highest lakes in the world at all. Thanks to the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain Range (Nyainqêntanglha) stretching south of the lake there are very beautiful mountain views from the lake. For locals is this lake sacred, and since ancient ages there have been groups of pilgrims from all over Tibet.

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General Carrera lake
-46.474, -71.713
202 m / 663 ft

#11 General Carrera lake

On the border between Chile and Argentina lies the beautiful Lake General Carrera (other name Lago Buenos Aires). At the same time it is the largest Chilean lake (the fourth Argentinean) with a depth of up to 600 meters. The lake is surrounded by glacier-treated mountains and you can find beautiful romantic beaches and rocky islands.

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Lago Nordenskjold
-51.05, -73.025
65 m / 213 ft

#12 Lago Nordenskjold

The most picturesque lake in Torres del Paine

Directly below the monumental towers of Cuernos del Paine lies the beautiful glacier lake Lago Nordenskjold. Exactly matching the idea of Patagonia. Around the wind-blasted landscape and in the lake cyan glacial water

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Plitvice Lakes
44.902, 15.611
523 m / 1 716 ft

#13 Plitvice Lakes

The most famous lakes of Europe

Plitvice Lakes are the most famous national park in Croatia. You will find here beautiful lakes, wonderful waterfalls and overall scenic surrounding countryside.

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Sonkol Lake
41.843, 75.169
3 017 m / 9 898 ft

#14 Sonkol Lake

Lake belonging to herdsmen

One of the biggest attractions of Kyrgyzstan is a huge lake Sonkol (3 017 m asl) with an area of 20x16 kilometers. In summer you can make a beautiful idea how herdsmen with their great herds of horses, cows, goats and sheep live. In addition, you can undertake here nice walks around the meadows to the rocky massifs on the horizon or take a bath. But the water is quite cold.

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Lake of the Tasman glacier
-43.677, 170.182
781 m / 2 562 ft

#15 Lake of the Tasman glacier

The lake at the end of the longest glacier

The longest glacier in New Zealand is Tasman glacier, which is long with 27 kilometers. The glacier is terminated by the beautiful lake with the floating icebergs. It's such a big tourist attraction on the North Island.

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Moraine Lake
51.328, -116.181
1 881 m / 6 171 ft

#16 Moraine Lake

Fairy Lake in the Rocky Mountains in Canada

Moraine Lake lies at an altitude of approximately 1885 meters in Valley of the Ten Peaks, in the Banff National Park, Canada. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Canada, I am not afraid to say that even in the world. I strongly recommend not to miss the sunrise here. Why ? You will understand this when you see it.

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Nakuru lake
-0.356, 36.1
1 755 m / 5 758 ft

#17 Nakuru lake

Kenyan animal paradise

In Central Kenya you will find very interesting Lake Nakuru. Not that it so beautiful by their surroundings, but they live here thousands of animals. Literally you feel here like in any animal paradise.

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Lar Lake
35.897, 51.966
2 475 m / 8 120 ft

#18 Lar Lake

Beautiful Lake under Damavand volcano

The lake, or the Lar dam (2,475m above sea level), lies directly under the monumental volcano Dámavand. Most visitors come here for weekend excursions but it is possible to take a number of hikes to the surrounding mountains from the lake. However, the lake falls into the national park, and the restriction and admission for the foreigner is unfortunately changed every year.

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Lake Phewa
28.215, 83.945
800 m / 2 625 ft

#19 Lake Phewa

Mirror for Annapurnas

The most famous Nepalese lake Phewa, on whose shore lies the tourist town of Pokhara, is famous for the mirroring of Annapurnas and "fishtail" Machhapuchchhre. You can undertake several nice hikes in the surrounding mountains that tower almost directly from the water. The most popular activity on the lake itself is cruising in the boats and admiring mountain views.

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Peyto Lake
51.726, -116.521
1 875 m / 6 152 ft

#20 Peyto Lake

Pearl of the Rocky Mountains

From a great number of beautiful lakes of the Canadian Rockies, this really excels. Perhaps it could be the title of the most beautiful lake in the world. Located at an altitude of 1880 meters, it occupies an area of 140 hectares and is almost 3 kilometers long. It is relatively easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway.

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Finstaler lake
47.194, 11.026
2 330 m / 7 644 ft

#21 Finstaler lake

Gorgeous dam in the Alps

Lake Finstertaler is a typical mountain dam with a small hydroelectric power plant. However, it is beautifully set in the surrounding countryside, and thus it is among the most beautiful lake in Austria.

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Lake Misurina
46.583, 12.254
1 745 m / 5 725 ft

#22 Lake Misurina

The famous lake in the Dolomites

Lake Misurina is a large mountain lake situated in fairytale Dolomites. Thanks to the beauty of the surrounding landscape, it is one of the most visited places in the entire range.

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Pukaki Lake
-44.07, 170.165
446 m / 1 463 ft

#23 Pukaki Lake

A huge lake created by the glacier

The Great Lake Pukaki is renowned for its beautiful color and in good weather condition with a stunning view of Mount Cook's highest mountain, New Zealand.

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Lake Bled
46.364, 14.094
476 m / 1 562 ft

#24 Lake Bled

The most beautiful lake of Slovenia

Lake Bled, located in the north of Slovenia, is most famous and beautiful lake in this country. Thanks to the thermal springs, it belongs to the warmest lakes of Europe. The lake is well-known due to the island with the church, which adds to its attractions.

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Phoksundo Lake
29.183, 82.942
3 620 m / 11 877 ft

#25 Phoksundo Lake

The most beautiful Nepalese lake

Lake Phoksundo, located in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, is considered to be the most beautiful Nepalese lake. It lies at a high altitude of over 3,600 meters above sea level. It was created by a huge landslide, which created more than a hundred meters high dam.

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Wakatipu Lake
-45.091, 168.547
215 m / 705 ft

#26 Wakatipu Lake

The longest lake in New Zealand

Wakatipu Lake is the longest in New Zealand. You will find here beautiful beaches, tempting to swim, and the amazing surrounding countryside. On the shores of the lake is the famous city of Queenstown renowned for adrenaline sports

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Bunyonyi Lake
-1.295, 29.913
1 946 m / 6 385 ft

#27 Bunyonyi Lake

Ugandan pearl

Lake Bunyonyi lies at an altitude of almost two thousand meters above sea level. it is among the most beautiful Ugandan lakes. It is mainly thanks to many islets and surrounding countryside with terraced fields. Visitors can cruise on the lake.

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48.346, 96.105
1 981 m / 6 499 ft

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Batur Lake
-8.259, 115.408
1 034 m / 3 392 ft

#29 Batur Lake

Flooded caldera of an ancient volcano

Batur Lake (1,034m asl) is the largest lake in Bali. It fills the eastern part of the giant caldera, above which the still active Batur volcano (1,717m asl). According to the size of the caldera, it is estimated that the original volcano before the explosion had more than 3,800 meters above sea level and was the highest volcano in all of Indonesia. The lake itself has a size of 7 * 2.5 km and is rich in fish.

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Königsee Lake
47.554, 12.978
603 m / 1 978 ft

#30 Königsee Lake

The most famous German lake

Lake Königsee is located in the center of national park Berchtesgaden. Lake water belongs to the cleanest natural water in the world. Its quality approximates to the drinking water quality at the tap. The lake is unique in its echo, which the local trumpeter likes to show on the pipe. Lake Königsee's icon is St. Bartholomew, which also offers hikes to the surroundings.

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48.712, -121.113
369 m / 1 211 ft
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Dal Lake
34.122, 74.875
1 581 m / 5 187 ft

#32 Dal Lake

Srinagar gem

Kashmir is famous for its magnificent mountain lakes. The largest and most famous Dal Lake is located within Srinagar. It is famous mainly due to its picturesque hausbots. In the surroundings there are also beautiful Mughal gardens.

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