Natural Treasure

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Every year when the weather starts getting warmer and the alpine snow starts melting, a pretty little valley in the Hochschwab mountains starts getting filled with crystal clear water. Streams of fresh snow-melt flow down the mountains flooding the grassy valley.Hour by hour this lake expands and water levels rise reaching a depth of over 12 meters by mid May-June.

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The water however is so clear and the air so pollution free, the grass now under the water continues growing as do the many wild Alpine flowers. This gives the lake a unique green colour and with that it’s name. The Grüner See (Green Lake).

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Over the years as it’s beauty has become more known. The lake has become a popular weekend outing for families. A leisurely stroll around take a couple of hours ending with a nice meal at the local cafe.

Diving enthusiasts also come in droves. Enjoying the clear fresh ever if cold waters. A special thrill is to sit on a submerged park bench or cross swim over the small bridge when the water level is rise high.

For photographers the colours and reflections are all the thrill they need.

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