Lake Hintersteiner in the Wilder Kaiser natural reserve belongs to the territory of the municipality Scheffau.
The origins of Lake Hintersteiner date back to the ice age - today the lake is fed by subterraneous springs with crystal clear water and the Weissache river represents its runoff. Lake Hintersteiner is located in the south west of the Wilder Kaiser mountain chain and its water is used for generating electricity.
Would you like to make a little walk? We warmly recommend you to walk round the lake, which will take you approximately one hour. Lake Hintersteiner, surrounded by tree-covered hills and majestic mountain peaks towering from the distance, is a beauty spot, perfect to sit back and relax and a wonderful starting point for hikes in the surrounding mountains. Moreover there is a lido at the eastern lakeside which is open for bathing. Have fun relaxing at the lakeside!
There are also two legends around Lake Hintersteiner, 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. Another story tells about a dairymaid that has detected a puddle in front of one of the farms. When she returned from milking, the farm has bogged down in this puddle, only the roof stood out of the floods.
Altitude: 883 m a.s.l.
Surface: 56 hectares
Maximum depth: 36 m