Swimming area Hintersteiner See
Swimming area Hintersteiner SeeOpening hours in summertime: 08:00 - 19:00
Umbrellas and deck chairs to rent: 3,00 € per piece
Dogs are not allowed.
An enchanting mountain lake, 56 ha and up to 36 meters deep, is located 883 m above sea level above Scheffau amidst the natural reserve Wilder Kaiser. A hike around the Hintersteiner See is very revealing. On the southern bank, the route rises a little and offers breathtaking views of the turquoise blue water of the crystal-clear mountain lake. Thanks to a road, the northern bank of the lake is accessible to all. A bathing beach is also located here, which makes it a special experience owing to its naturalness. The Hintersteiner see in Scheffau has enough distinction to make it the most beautiful and cleanest natural bathing lake of Tirol.
According to the legend, the wealthy Hintersteiner farmers flared up a huge argument about a spring. Even on the solemn festival of Corpus Christi they argued the entire day, which then ended in an unseemly scuffle. Bright and early the very next day, the dairymaid for the farmers, a very proper, sober woman who had long found the argument quite absurd, set off across the meadow to milk the cows and saw a small puddle of water in front of the house, which had never been there before.
She shook her head as she saw it, but went on her way. It took her a long time to find the cows and she was surprised to find them huddling together in a dip in the landscape. She milked them quickly so as to get back to the farm and get on with her work, but when she walked up out of the dip, she was confronted with a lake where only the tip of just one house peeked out of the water.