The Hechtsee is the largest and - with a maximum depth of 57 metres - also the deepest one of the lakes west of Kufstein.
Lake Hechtsee, literally Pike Lake, is located in the district of Kufstein between North Tyrol and Germany, only a stone's throw from the border. It is fed by the Hechtbach river, rising in the valley between Lake Hechtsee and Lake Längsee. The other lakes in this area are called Egelsee, Längsee, Pfrillsee, Stimmersee, Thiersee and Maistaller Pond.
Today, Lake Hechtsee is one of the most popular lakes for bathing in Tyrol - its Lake Arena offers a lawn for sunbathing and a wonderful landscape. For centuries, the Hechtsee has been impunded by a two metre high wall, whithout which the water surface would be much lower. Thanks to its wonderful position at the foot of the 721 m high Mt. Thierberg, it is a perfect starting point for hikes and mountain tours. A further attraction at Lake Hechtsee is fishing.
Due to the wide variety of fish, including zander, carps, doctor fish and various species of trouts, fishing might become a successful experience. Some hundered metres away from the shores you can find a way station of the nostalgic Wachtlbahn, a narrow-gauge railroad operated by electricity, running between Kiefersfelden in Germany and Thiersee in Austria. Also a legend is told here, about a mermaid named Hechta living in Lake Hechtsee...
Altitude: 542 m a.s.l.
Surface: 28 hectares
Length: 750 m
Width: 650 m
Maximum depth: 57 m
Water sports: no