My favourite lakes for swimming in Europe

One of the things I most look forward to when I’m planning a trip to Europe in the summer is the possibility of some outdoors swimming. I’m no pain-junkie, so for me most swimming spots in the UK are out because they’re far too chilly to actually be enjoyable! Swimming outsides is best when the sun is shining and you want some way to cool off in a hot day; clear water is also a big plus (and some pretty mountains around where you’re swimming never hurts either). Many European destinations have really amazing places for swimming, but below are some of my favourites from the (roughly) Central European area. (more…)