Dare You Go Diving In the Grüner See

The Irish have an expression ‘take a walk until your hat floats’. I am not sure what it means, but you could do it in the Grüner See in Spring provided you are a certified diver. But I run ahead of myself. Where is this ‘Green Lake’ I speak of? That part is easy. It is in the Austrian municipality of Tragöß in the Styria province, and nestles among the snow-capped Hochschwab mountains rising to 2,277 meters / 7,470 feet above the ocean far, far away.

Grüner See Diving: Hochschwab Mountains
Grüner See in Tragob: Photo Herzi Pinki / CC 3.0

Grüner See Diving

In winter, when the mountaintops are frozen the lake is approximately 150 meters / 500 feet wide and a maximum 2 meters / 6 feet deep. The surrounding area becomes a country park where Tragöß residents come to relax over weekends. Energetic families go for hikes while anglers try their luck with diving salmon. Lovers seek out quiet benches where they can gaze across the peaceful water and speak of their affection.

 

Grüner See Diving: Peaceful Spot
Peaceful Spot
Grüner See Diving
Grüner See Scuba Diving: Photo Marc Henauer – Holidays to Austria

Time for Diving

In Spring the snow begins to melt high up on the Hochschwab mountaintops. Trickles become streams, and streams cataracts that hurtle towards the Grüner See causing it to flood. The lake becomes 100 meters / 325 feet wider and ten meters / 30 feet deeper in the centre. However everything – including spring flowers remains in place to create a paradise for diving that is quite unique.

Grüner See Diving: Upside Down World
Upside Down World

Come In but the Water’s Cold

Before you reach for flippers and goggles I should mention that the snowmelt is very, very cold and that you need to come prepared. Only pre-certified divers may enter the water where they are free to frolic on their own or go diving in groups. At the height of summer they start to disappear, as the water recedes and determined hikers return in shorts and boots. The cycle is complete, and nature is reinstated until the return of the next season.

Grüner See Diving: Receding Tide
Waterfall at Grüner See / CC 3.0

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About Richard Farrell

Richard FarrellI tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time.My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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