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Austria’s Best Kept Secret: The Blue Eyes of Reith

Photo by Blessing Kure(Edited on Canva)

While I love the thrill of water-surface activities, the thought of actually getting in the water itself is a totally different ball game. So, on my recent trip to one of the hidden gems in Alpbach, Austria, I opted for a different kind of fun: sit at the lake, enjoy the view, soak up the sun and be merry.  My aquatic adventure to the Blue Eyes of Reith was one for the books. And I went along with my friends for good measure.

The Blue Eyes of Reith is a turquoise-coloured lake nestled in the breathtaking landscape of the Alpbach Valley. The water is so clear you can see right down to the bottom, and the vibrant colour is truly mesmerizing—no wonder this spot has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

 It is oh-so-peaceful and tranquil. We saw visitors marvelling at the crystal-clear water, families enjoying picnics on the lush green meadows surrounding the lakes and even adventurous souls taking a dip in the refreshing water. We also saw a seat-out area where preparations for a picnic appeared to be underway. I wouldn’t mind hosting a party or gathering in this serene ambience too.

The gentle sound of the water lapping against the shore, the chirping of birds, and the fresh mountain air all combine to create a truly rejuvenating experience.

I will tell you this for free: the Blue Eyes of Reith is not only defined by its stunning panoramic scenery. As you take in the surroundings, a sense of tranquillity and peace washes over you.

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life or need some space to de-stress, the Blue Eyes of Reith is the place to go. You can simply relax by the lake, take a leisurely walk, or rent a boat and explore the lake at your own pace.

 For the adventure junkies, there are hiking trails that lead through the surrounding forests, with views for days. You can also try your hands at fishing in the lake, though a permit is required. No matter how you choose to spend your time at the lake, one thing is for sure: you will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and with memories that will last a lifetime. So pack a picnic basket and your sense of adventure and head to this enchanting corner of Austria.

Photo by Blessing Kure (Edited on Canva)
  • Opening Hours: The Blue Eyes are open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
  • Fun Fact: Don’t be fooled by the sun; it’s chillingly cold out there, even in the summer!
  • Note: In addition to the 8 m-deep lake, other noteworthy facilities include a large sunbathing lawn, children’s play area, paddling pond, diving board, changing cubicles, and snack kiosk. However, dogs are not permitted.
  • Entrance Fee: Free admission with the Alpbachtal card! Free admission for children up to age 10.  As of February 2024, the fee is £ 5 for adults and £ 3 for children aged 6-14.
  • Getting There: The Blue Eyes of Reith is located in the charming village of Reith bei Alpbach, about an hour’s drive from Innsbruck. You can reach the lakes by car or bus from Alpbach.

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