Unwind by the water with friends: Lovely lake destinations in Europe

Get away from work and relax with your besties by a picturesque waterfront, whenever you travel next. Enjoy a meal with lake views, take a boat out together or dive right in for a swim! These lakeside destinations in Europe are all recommended by group travellers – take a look and get inspired.

Milan, Italy. Hop on a train to Lake Como and eat at restaurants with a view Anne

1. Milan, Italy

Hop on a train to Lake Como and eat at restaurants with a view

J Julie
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We visited Lake Como, Milan Central and the parks. Lake Como is 1 hour on the train from the city. A fantastic lake with stunning views and lovely restaurants. 

R Rebecca
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We went on the Lake Maggiore Express on Saturday which we would really recommend, very good value for money and lots of lovely sights to see! The ferry zigzagged across the lake giving us a glance of many lovely colourful lakeside towns. Walked along the front at Stresa on our last day, had a leisurely lunch there and paddled in the beautiful lake. 

Geneva, Switzerland. Walk by the waterfront and work up an appetite for cheese fondue Parampreet

2. Geneva, Switzerland

Walk by the waterfront and work up an appetite for cheese fondue

D Dorothea
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I totally recommend it to everyone. Very nice weather, you can enjoy walks across the lake and some amazing cheese fondue. I saw Lake Geneva and the Red Cross museum. My friends liked cheese fondue. I liked the weather and walking by the lake. 

C Chiara
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Geneva, it's a really nice and clean city. The weather was nice and sunny for a perfect walk next to the lake after doing some sightseeing in the Old Town. De-stressing tips: Had a nice lunch at Luigia and then walked next to the lake. My friends liked watching the cathedral. I liked the walks around the city centre and the lake. 

Madrid, Spain. Row a boat on the lake in Retiro Park – a relaxing break between sightseeing Tomas

3. Madrid, Spain

Row a boat on the lake in Retiro Park – a relaxing break between sightseeing

P Pia
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We walked a lot. We did a walking tour which was a great way to learn about the history of Madrid. We hired a row boat on the lake in Retiro park which was so chilled in the sun. De-stressing tips: Walking tour and rowing boat on the lake in Retiro park. We really enjoyed exploring by foot. 

Stockholm, Sweden. Soak up the sun while swimming in the lake Mathew

4. Stockholm, Sweden

Soak up the sun while swimming in the lake

S Soufiand
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The place is very pleasant with very clean surroundings, loads of activities and nice food. De-stressing tips: Swimming in the lake and enjoying the nice weather along the river. My friends liked swimming in the lake. I liked everything. 

C Connor
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Weather was brilliant! Food was incredible. The sights were fantastic! Lots of beautiful views with immersive woodlands. We went to Liseberg, the theme park, which was so much fun and we went swimming in the lake. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands. Pack a picnic and head to the Sloterplas for a great day out Ella

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pack a picnic and head to the Sloterplas for a great day out

E Ethany
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Amsterdam is a beautiful place, it is so relaxing, fun and gives you a great relaxing experience. I was in awe at how pretty it was, it felt as though we were in a dream. It was nice to sit near the lakes and... having picnics on the fields. I liked the relaxing, kind and friendly people and the beautiful sights. 

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