Unique Diving in a Mountain Lake in Austria

Here’s somewhat of an odd occurrence…the emerald green waters of this mountain lake offer some of the most unique diving in landlocked Austria. On the bed of the lake underwater explorers will discover fish swimming though the branches of trees, a floor covered in grass, benches, bridges and a landscape that looks like it belongs overground. And that’s because for half of the year it is overground.

This is the Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria, which sits at the foot of snow-capped Hochschwab mountains. (images via Exclusivepix)

Throughout the frozen winter months the area is almost completely dry and is used as a county park. It is a particular favorite site for hikers. But as soon as the temperatures begin to rise in spring, the ice and snow on the mountaintops begins to melt and runs down into the basin of land below.

The park fills up with ice-cold crystal clear water, which gets its distinctive green coloring from the grass and foliage beneath. The water levels rise from about one or two meters deep in the winter to as much as 10 meters in the late spring and early summer.

Divers explore a pristine alpine park that turns into a lake for half the year (this vid will soothe you – I guarantee it).