Picture of the Day: Schlegeis Lake, Austria
SCHLEGEIS LAKE, AUSTRIA
Located in the Zillertal valley underneath the famous Olperer mountain hut, is the beautiful Schlegeis Lake in Tyrol, Austria. Like Zillergründl, Stillup, Durlassboden and Gmünd; Schlegeis is one of the five artificial lakes in the Zillertal valley. According to the official tourism site for Tyrol:
Several hiking trails snake past the lake, one of the most popular photo motifs is the 131 m high dam wall. Further up, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Olperer Glacier, at 2,389 m asl, there is the Olperer mountain hut, that can be reached from the lake within 1.5 hours. From this place you can enjoy a fantastic view of Schlegeis Lake and the mountains and glaciers of the Zillertal Alps. The tour from the lake to the Passo di Vizze, belonging to the Italian state territory, takes you about 1.5 hours.
From Ginzling, a little village that belongs to Mayrhofen in the Zillertal valley, the Schlegeis basin can be reached via the Zamser valley. The 15 km long Schlegeis alpine road is subject to charge and open only in summer. It starts at 1,250 m asl and takes to the parking space at the lake and is characterised by eight hairpin bends and four natural tunnels.
For more travel information visit www.tyrol.ty