Plansee AustriaThe Plansee is a lake located in the northern state of Tyrol, Austria.

The 2.87 km long lake is nestled between mountains and is an adventure seekers paradise offering activities from a wide range of water sports to hiking and biking.  I was taking a diving course to get my drysuit certification and it was my first time cold water diving.  Even though I was wearing a drysuit, mountain lakes are still cold, ~ 12 C in this case – go figure.  Plus we only saw a few fish.   My husband is a big fan of lake diving in the Alps.  Me? Not so much.  He enjoys diving for the sake of diving.  I enjoy diving IF I see something AND if I’m not frozen to death. Next time I think I’ll stick to enjoying the Plansee and the dramatic scenery above the surface.

It’s been two years since my first visit to the Plansee and despite my best intentions to come back and enjoy the other activities that you can do – canoeing, or enjoying the lake views from one of the many hiking trails, I have yet to do so. I have visited Stuiben Falls, the highest waterfall in Tyrol, and visited Krimml Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Austria, and hiked around the Hechtsee, but my second visit to the Plansee has eluded me.  It’s OK though, it just means that I’m fortunate enough to live in a place where there’s much to do and see and so many great places to hike and that’s right in Bavaria!

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.