The 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world

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Here’s our pick of the world’s most beautiful, serene and mesmerising lakes.

Here’s our pick of the world’s most beautiful, serene and mesmerising lakes. Izabela Russell took the heart-stoppingly beautiful image, above.

Lake Taal - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Lake Taal. Photo by kennymatic

Lake Taal – Philippines

  • Region: Luzon Island
  • Surrounds: Volcanoes draped in rainforest
  • What makes it special: A small yet highly active volcano dominates its centre
Lake Como - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Lake Como. Photo by kerryinlondon
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Lake Como – Italy

  • Region: Lombardy
  • Surrounds: Snow-capped mountains
  • What makes it special: Shoreline lined with grand villas (including George Clooney’s)
Plitvice Lakes - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Plitvice Lakes. Photo by Valerii9116
Plitvice Lakes - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Plitvice Lakes. Photo by Andreas März

Plitvice Lakes – Croatia

  • Region: National park in Lika-Senj and Karlovac counties
  • Surrounds: Jagged, undulating and forested karst formations
  • What makes it special: The staggering turquoise water which cascades between these 16 interconnected lakes
Lake Bled - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Lake Bled. Photo by ** Maurice **

Lake Bled – Slovenia

  • Region: Julian Alps
  • Surrounds: Forest nearby and mountains in the distance
  • What makes it special: The small island in its centre adorned with a fairytale looking 15th century church
Lake Atitlan - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Lake Atitlan. Photo by fran001@yahoo.com

Lake Atitlán – Guatemala

  • Region: Western Highlands
  • Surrounds: Forested volcanoes blanketed in mist
  • What makes it special: Flanked by three towering volcanoes to the south
Lake Matheson - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Lake Matheson. Photo by Phillie Casablanca

Lake Matheson – New Zealand

  • Region: South Westland
  • Surrounds: Forest in the shadows of New Zealand’s highest peaks, Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman
  • What makes it special: The spectacular mountainous landscape mirrored on the perfectly still, dark organic leached water
Peyto Lake - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Peyto Lake. Photo by dyonis

Peyto Lake – Canada

  • Region: Banff National Park, the Rockies
  • Surrounds: Pine forest on the shore, vertical barren valley faces beyond
  • What makes it special: The colour juxtaposition between the pale grey valley rock, the lush green pines and the lake’s bright turquoise water
Diablo Lake - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Diablo Lake. Photo by jeffgunn

Diablo Lake – USA

  • Region: Cascade Mountains, Washington State
  • Surrounds: Densely forested mountains
  • What makes it special: The intensely turquoise hue of the glacial water
Lake Titicaca - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Lake Titicaca. Photo by Kmilo__

Lake Titicaca – Bolivia/Peru

  • Region: The Andes
  • Surrounds: Arid high-altitude plains and snow-capped mountains
  • What makes it special: The many and varied indigenous communities that have settled and evolved around its vast shoreline
Sheosar Lake - 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world
Sheosar Lake. Photo by Mountain Photographer

Sheosar Lake – Pakistan

  • Region: Deosai National Park, in Gilgit-Baltistan province
  • Surrounds: High-altitude, arid plains (4,142 metres (13,589 ft) above sea-level)
  • What makes it special: Tranquil, remote location

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The 10 most awe-inspiring lakes in the world was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by Brett Ackroyd
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Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.