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Top 10 Lake and Mountainside Holiday Destinations

5 June 2017

There's nothing better than a room with a view, and what better view than some of the world's greatest natural features? Lakes and mountains are some of the most popular natural wonders, offering a peaceful escape and unforgettable landscape views, which is why many holidays incorporate mountain vistas and lakeside stays. For a scenic escape, check out our Top 10 destinations for lakes and mountains.

1. Jasper, Canada

The town of Jasper is nestled within Jasper National Park, one of the most stunning regions of the famously beautiful nation of Canada. Home to a number of scenic glacier-fed lakes, dense pine forests and the striking peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Jasper is a must-see destination for any visit to Canada - and one for the bucketlist of any traveller pursuing beautiful landscapes.

2. The Dolomites, Italy

With its fusion of Austrian and Italian heritage, the charming town of Trento is overlooked by the Dolomites, within driving distance of Lake Garda. One of the lesser-known Italian destinations, Trento has a wealth of historical architecture to enchant you, and incredible mountain views.

3. Interlaken, Switzerland

Named for its position between lakes Brien and Thun, Interlaken is a delightful Swiss town in the Bernese Oberland, surrounded by rolling Alpine meadows and the mountain vistas travellers have come to expect of Switzerland. Take a ride on the Jungfrau Express for fantastic views from the summit of the Jungfrau, nicknamed the 'Top of Europe' for its impressive height.

4. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Surrounded by the Julian Alps, the emerald green waters of Lake Bled are just part of the region's captivating features. A small island rests on the lake, whilst a medieval castle overlooks the shimmering waters, giving this small destination in Slovenia a fairytale allure. Visit over the festive period to see the town's annual 'Sunken Bell Ceremony', which tells the tragic story of how the island church got its bell.

5. Zell Am See, Austria

One of the best-loved scenic resorts in Austria, Zell Am See is filled with medieval charm and surrounded by natural beauty. Take a cruise across the sparkling waters of Lake Zell to see some of the lakeside hamlets, or drive along the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, a mountain road that offers stunning view of Grossglockner, Austria's highest peak.

6. Te Anau, New Zealand

New Zealand is a haven for striking landscapes, with three incredible scenic railways passing through many of its most attractive aspects. Lake Te Anau on the South Island is one of the country's highlights, being its second largest lake, and bordered by the stunning Kepler and Murchison Mountains.

7. Lake Geneva, Switzerland

One of the most famous destinations for lakeside beauty, Lake Geneva is perhaps best experienced by rail. Board the Mont Blanc Express, a tourist train designed to showcase the very best views of the lake and its surrounding vistas.

8. Stresa, Italy

Set on the shores of Lake Maggiore, the town of Stresa has welcomed guests for centuries. Stroll along the flower-lined promenades past charming villas, or take the cable car up to Mount Mottarone for a bird's eye view across the town and the shimmering waters of Lake Maggiore.

9. Traunkirchen, Austria

Set in the heart of the Austrian Lake District, Traunkirchen is a delightful town on the shores of Lake Traunsee, nestled at the foot of Traunstein, an imposing mountain that towers over the village at over 5,000ft. With scenic walks on your doorstep, and other villages accessible via a boat ride across the lake, this is the perfect spot for a breathtakingly beautiful break.

10. Lindau, Germany

Situated in Southern Bavaria, historic Lindau is packed with half-timbered houses and untouched charm. Set on Lake Constance, perhaps enjoy a stroll through Lindau's 13th century Old Town, or ascend the lighthouse for views across the lake. As the only lighthouse in Bavaria, and given its position on what is widely regarded as the prettiest promenade on the lake, it is definitely worth a visit.

For more inspiration for your next lake or mountain holiday, check out our collection of lake and mountain tours here.