Pillersee in St Ulrich
Pillersee in St Ulrich

Lake Pillersee

Lake Pillersee, located in the homonymous valley, is a mountain lake in the Northern Limestone Alps.

Lake Pillersee is located in the homonymous Pillersee valley in the municipality of St. Ulrich am Pillersee. This lake ows its origins to a rock avalanche occurred about 15,000 years ago. Its name derives from the term "pillern", which in Austrian dialect defines water booming in spring or in case of storm. The lake is fed by mountain streams, rising in the Loferer Steinberge mountain chain and the Kitzbühel Alps. The outlet of the lake is the Haselbach river, emptying into the Saalach river.

Lake Pillersee, about 300 metres wide and 1.6 km long, is above all popular with fishers due to its richness in trouts. The fishing season starts in May and ends in September. And despite of the fact that the water temperature hardly ever exceeds 20 degrees, there is a lido at the lakeside and bathing in Lake Pillersee becomes more and more popular.

In the surroungings of the lake, there are 400 km of hiking trails as well as a 800 km long cycling path network. Those who are interested in culture can visit the Roman-Catholic St. Adolari chapel. This chapel dates back to the year 1407 AD and boasts frescoes in the net-ribbed vault, which have been layed open in the course of restaurations in 1957. These frescoes represent the largest Gothic fresco cycle of Virgin Mary in North Tyrol.

Altitude: 835 m a.s.l.
Surface: 30 hectares
Maximum depth: 7 m

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