10 Lake Cities You Should Add to Your Bucket List

The scenic lake town of Hallstatt Austria with mountains in the background

When I was pursuing my Master’s in literature, I had Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” in my American literature syllabus- a book I fell in love with when Thoreau shared the joys of simple and rustic life by the lake. There is something incredible about lakes that made him say,

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

Gorgeous lakes, surrounded by the green valleys and gigantic hills, are wonderful schoolmasters that can teach us more than we can ever learn from books. So, this time, plan your vacation to the lake cities we have come up with your friends and family.

Como, Italy

View of the city of Como on Lake Como, Italy


With proximity to Lake Como and the phenomenal Alps, the Italian city of Como tops our list of most beautiful lake cities. Amidst the mountains that lie alongside the calm waters of the lake, you will witness the most picturesque sites of this planet. It must be the beauty of Como that prolific writers like Catullus, Pliny, and Pope lived here.

Crystal Bay, Nevada

Nestled on the shore of Lake Tahoe, Crystal Bay is world famous for its lake homes. Book an online tour to the city with deep blue waters of Tahoe and a population of just 305 people, this beautiful lake city is ideal for bachelor parties as well as a romantic vacation.

Srinagar, India

View of the city of Srinagar on Dal Lake in India

Perched on the gorgeous Dal Lake, the city of Srinagar is home to the magnificent Mughal Garden. The floating market adorned with aromatic flowers and a heartfelt ride on “Shikara” are things you can experience only in Srinagar.

Queenstown, New Zealand

View of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand

Popular as a “resort city” Queenstown is located on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. This “Z-shaped” lake is surrounded by some of the glorious mountains and their peaks such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and more. Location for the Lord of the Rings series, Queenstown welcomes adventurers and nature enthusiasts.

Annecy, France

The magical and majestic city of Annecy with the glittering Lake Annecy and a backdrop of Alps is home to some the famous archaeological sites dating back to the Neolithic era. Go boating on the azure waters of the lake and you will never want to leave Annecy.

Hallstatt, Austria

The scenic lake town of Hallstatt Austria with mountains in the background

Hallstatt is likely to fall under top 5 lake destinations to visit. The salt reserves and mountainous valleys of Hallstatt leave everyone spellbound.

Geneva, Switzerland

The beautiful city of Geneva Switzerland

This enchanting European city of Switzerland is a melting pot of history, art, and natural beauty. The affluent culture and heritage of this city have won plenty of admirers.

Ganvie, Benin

Often referred to as the “Venice of Africa”, Ganvie is an amalgamation of rich history and wonderful geography. Home to Tofinu tribe, this floating city gives one-of-a-kind experience.

Pokhara, Nepal

Colorful boats on Phewa Lake in Nepal

Bask in the beauty of Phewa Lake and the whitewashed Himalayan range in Pokhara and you will forget all the worries. This Aryan city offers rich cultural insight and cuisine.

Windermere, Florida

This lake town near Orlando is considered as one of the wealthiest in the world. So, you will see the houses of Arnold Palmer, Shaq, and Grant Hill here.

Wait no more! Pack your bags, take a “lake break”, and head to these beautiful lake cities.


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