Scheffau Sommer
Scheffau Sommer

Lake Hinterstein

Lake Hinterstein is an alpine lake in the Wilder Kaiser Natural Reserve with a public outdoor pool on its eastern shores.

The origins of Lake Hinterstein, or Hintersteiner See, date back to the Ice Age - today, it belongs to the municipality of Scheffau and is fed by subterraneous springs with crystal clear water. The waters of the lake south west of the Wilder Kaiser mountain chain - protected, by the way - feature drinking water quality and are used for generating electricity by the Tiroler Wasserkraft AG.

Do you appreciate a pleasant walk? We warmly recommend you the path around Lake Hinterstein, surrounded by tree-covered hills and majestic peaks, which will take you approximately one hour. It will lead you back to the starting point. It is also start and end point for several mountain tours, whereas a public outdoor pool with SUP rental can be found on the eastern shores.

There are two legends around Lake Hinterstein, telling about outrageous farmers from Hinterstein, who have to pay for their sins. One tells about a pit opening up, in which the farm houses have bogged down. The farmers have been banished to the Scheffauerspitze peak, where they have to push cones as long as the Kaiser mountain chain exists...


Altitude: 883 m a.s.l.
Surface: 56 hectares
Length: 1.4 km
Width: 600 m
Maximum depth: 36 m

Bathing: yes
Water sports: standup paddleboarding


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