Austria is located in the center of Europe. It has a total area of 83.8 thousand sq. km. It's a really clean ecozone that includes ski and spa resorts, the Alps and crystal clear lakes edged with mountain forests.
The region of Salzkammergut has around 170 lakes that offer various places for diving. While diving underwater, you will see steep walls, chunks of cliffs, trees that are over a hundred years old.
The undoubted favourite, in terms of the number of dive sites, is Lake Attersee with Nazi treasures safely buried at the bottom. Divers will surely be impressed by wrecks of sunken ships and the steep wall that goes down 28 meters.
The lake has a variety of bright underwater landscapes and is full of carps, rockfish and trout. It's easy to fall in love with Austria when you feel at one with nature and enjoy every moment you spend underwater.
Diving has been developed to a professional level in Austria. Conditions here are perfect for beginner divers since the lakes are shallow and there are no strong currents and other dangers which are usually found in seas and oceans. Diving tour packages may include not only diving and transfers to dive sites, but also international flights, accommodation, dining options and help from an instructor.
The diving season in Austria starts in March. And Grüner See fills with water in April, opening access to the local Atlantis. The water temperature in the lake is +5… +7 °C. It reaches +15… +20 °C in other waterbodies.
Summer is an excellent time for diving in Austria. Even Grüner See is flooded and invites divers to swim in its underwater park. The water temperature reaches +26… +27 °С during this time.
The diving season in Austria lasts until October. And November is the time of ice diving that requires special training. Frequent rain may spoil the vacation, so take a look at the weather forecast before planning your trip.The water cools down from +17 to +10 °C.
You will need to have a special drysuit to practice ice diving in winter in Austria. The air and water temperatures during this period are about 0 °C. Underwater visibility varies from 30 meters if the ice is clear to 5-10 meters if it's covered in snow.
One of the most interesting dive sites of Austria is Grüner See which is formed after the park gets flooded. Its depth is 1-2 meters in winter and reaches 10-12 meters after the snow melts. Divers can walk on the grass and have a seat on a bench. Lakes Attersee and Hallstattersee are also popular among beginner divers.
Healthcare in Austria is of a high quality. It is recommended to obtain travel insurance before a trip. We recommend to visit your doctor and check your vaccination schedule. Get an encephalitis vaccination if you're going to travel in forest zones. If you are taking some kind of medicine, you need to check if it is legal in this country. Make a copy of your prescription order with the name of the medication, its ingredients and the prescribed dose.
It's relatively safe in Austria, however, the standard precautionary measures need to be observed. Keep your personal belongings in a safe place and be careful in public transport and tourist locations.
Austrian cuisine is tasty and hearty. The most remarkable dishes are Knödel (steam or water boiled potato dumplings, optionally with added fruit), and the famous Wiener Schnitzel made of fresh veal. Another interesting dish is Kaiserschmarrn, an omelette with eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and raisins, sprinkled with powdered sugar. The Sacher-Torte and the famous Wiener Strudel are desserts Austria is very proud of. The country is also well-known for the unique atmosphere in cozy local coffee shops. Tap water in the country is completely safe.