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It's easy to forget how something so simple as a lake can bring a very real sense of calm and beauty. Not that serenity is all you'll get - there are loads of ways to enjoy the lake a bit more proactively by trying out things like water skiing and wakeboarding.
To pick you the perfect lake holidays, once again we've enlisted the help of our partners Thomson Lakes and mountains who have over 30 years in finding fantastic lake-based locales. Their expert team have put together a variety of lake holidays for you to check out. Have a look at Thomson Lakes & Mountains and alongside ideas and inspiration, you'll find deals and offers too.
Lake Bled is surrounded by pine forests and the backdrop is the Julian Alps. The atmosphere is a laid back one but there's still plenty of activities there if you want them.Find out more about Lake Bled
Zell am See's centre is pedestrianised and has a good selection of cafes and shops. On the lake you can go for a swim, have a go at rowing or take a cruise among many other things.Find out more about Zell am See
St Wolfgang is a historic village in an idyllic setting on the lakeside. Fantastic views are had from the terraces of the restaurants - and there are plenty of watersports for the energetic.Find out more about St Wolfgang
Lake Lucerne is simply beautiful. It combines clear blue waters and panoramic views of the tree-lined mountains. With a traffic-free centre, the city of Lucerne has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and a fantastic atmosphere. Lucerne's lakeside is a great summer playground, with loads of lidos and places to relax in the sunshine. You can spend a day cruising around the lake on the paddle steamer or hire a motorboat and explore the little villages along the lakeshore.Find out more about Lake Lucerne