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Natural treasure lake Erlaufsee

827m above the sea level, 3 km away from Mariazell the lake Erlaufsee is located on border of Styria and Lower Austria.

When sun is shining the lake is ideal for bathing fun. It offers a beach with pebble stones, a huge meadow, 2 water slides, 2 footbridges, a jumping area as well as a playground for children. Dogs are allowed in a small area (from the second footbridge to the meadow).

For hot days the mountain lake is a good place for refreshing. The average temperature in summer is 19-22 degrees. The drinking water quality and the clearness of the water proof the proper and healthy environment.  The bathing area is for free and everybody can enter. There is only a parking fee to pay (1st of May to the 26th of October, 08:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m., parking per day € 7,20 – Attention: no change option – please have change ready!).

Drive with a boat to discover the lake Erlaufsee. At good weather 30 boats are available.Enjoy the waves and the beautiful surroundings.

New since the summersaison 2020: Rides with the excursion boat “Christina”

The current temperatures you can find under bergfex

Restaurants and cafés around the lake:

Erlaufsee, © TVB Mariazeller Land
Erlaufsee, © www.mariazell.blog

Around the lake:

  • Climbing garden Erlaufsee: offers 3 tours with various levels of difficulty, information: Mrs. Grabner, Phone: +43 (0) 664 88 9 22 084
  • Diving school Harry’s  and diving center Neptun Divecenter
  • Fishing: cards for fishing are available at the restaurants: GH Grabner in Mitterbach, +43 (0) 3882 2693
  • Tennis court at the lake Erlaufsee – Information: Mr. Digruber, Phone: +43 (0) 676 3408667
  • Rent a boat: to rent are various boat types as well as Stand-up Paddles. Information as well as appointment for groups at Mr. Schrittwieser: Phone: +43 (0) 676 777 18 72


Picknick at the lake

Would you like to go on a picknick on the lake? Rent one of the exclusive party boats „Sun Chaser“and „Sunrise“ and enjoy the time on the like Erlaufsee. Sabrina will create a picnic hamper you want – Price on demand.

Partyboat „Sun Chaser“

The party boat offers you many space up to 8 persons. With the installed music equipment, a cooler and a picnic hamper you are well equipped for many hours on the lake. The boat is equipped with a table and comfortable chairs. The boat you can drive without driving license and without captain. An appointment is preferred. Price on demand.

Boat “Sunrise”

Also for this boat there is no driving license necessary. An appointment is preferred. Price on demand!

Picknick Bootsfahrt
Partyboot, © Gabriele Moser
Elektro Partyboot Sun chaser, © Gabriele Moser

Excursion ship “Christina”

Since the summer of 2020 the Erlaufsee can also be explored by means of a more than one hundred years old, but completely newly restored excursion ship. During the First World War, the steam-powered ship was used on the Danube. Now – after the loving renovation – provide batteries for about 60 hp. The so-called “Christina”, on which about 65 passengers find space (Freideck and two salons), should prove itself as a nostalgic tourist offer.

Use the combination of rail and ship. Because the trip to the Erlaufsee is ready for the Museumstramway. This is also operated by Alfred Fleissner and his son – supported by volunteers. The partly electrified train has been operating for about 30 years between the Mariazell train station (1 km outside the city center) and the nearby Erlaufsee.

Prices: adults € 10,00, children € 5,00

Operating hours 2021: every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 23 May to 26 September, additionally 04 June and 26 October – detailed timetable with all details see at www.museumstramway.at or by phone at Mr. Fleissner, +43 (0) 664 22 14 853 or +43 (0) 664 112 35 57

Ausflugsschiff, © Fred Lindmoser
Ausflugsschiff am Erlaufsee, © TVB Mariazeller Land / Fred Lindmoser
Auslugsschiff, © Fred Lindmoser