Get Your PADI in Southern Germany or Austria

Mountains and lakes and crystal clear water, oh my!

If you were to sum up diving in Southern Germany and Austria in a word it would have to be “Alpine.” If ever there was a place to shatter the myth that the only good diving is in warm tropical waters, this is it. PADI Dive Centers and Resorts throughout the region have everything you need to help you Get Your PADI and make diving these mountain lakes a realistic goal. The water might be a bit on the chilly side, but divers stay warm in their dry suits. The staggering mountain scenery only gets better underwater, and divers love hovering along the steep drop offs in water that can be as clean and clear as anywhere on Earth.

Featured Dive Sites

Lake Constance

  • Lake Constance
    Stunning Alpine scenery and great diving

    Nestled in the Alps with shoreline in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, this is a massive body of water more than 60 kilometres/36 miles long and in places nearly 14 kilometres/9 miles wide. Its stunning scenery and great diving make it an excellent destination for traveling divers. The dramatic Alpine landscape continues underwater with steep drop-offs that plunge to well beyond recreational depths. Char, pike, burbot and other freshwater fish species may join the dive.

Attersee

  • Attersee
    Austria’s amazing Attersee

    Attersee, Austria’s third largest lake, has a plethora of popular dive sites and is considered the epicenter of diving in the region. It boasts consistently good visibility ranging from a crystal clear 25 metres/80 feet in winter to a fine 10 metres/33 feet in summer. It’s also a fish watcher’s paradise with brown and rainbow trout, pike, perch, char and burbot. With more than two dozen dive sites, there’s great variety on offer here; don’t miss the underwater forest.

Starnberger See

  • Starnberger See
    Dramatic drop-offs among the best in Bavaria

    This is Bavaria’s second largest lake: From Starnberg south to Seeshaupt it measures a mighty 21 kilometres/12 miles. With a maximum width of 4 kilometres/2.4 miles and depths as great as 128 metres/420 feet there’s a lot of diveable water here. The spot that most divers dive is the drop off at Allmannshausen. This essentially vertical rock wall plummets from about 12 metres/40 feet to well beyond where divers dare to go. It’s high voltage stuff and a favorite of freshwater divers. Burbot, trout and char are fond of this place too.

Lake Hallstatt

  • Green Lake
    Sunken treasures at this World Heritage lake

    The World Heritage Lake Hallstatt is renowned for its beautiful surroundings and abundance of fish life. Once you've peeled your eyes away from the breath-taking scenery and submerged beneath the crystal clear surface, expect to see pike, trout and eelpout. The lake offers diving all year round but the best time for underwater photographers is from June to October. For the eccentric romantics, a visit to the lake 508m above sea level could see you tie the knot at the underwater altar.

PADI Five Star Dive Centers and Resorts in Southern Germany or Austria

Get Your PADI in Southern Germany or Austria

Stunning Alpine lakes make the region a diver’s paradise and local PADI dive shops have the insights and the equipment to make diving these crystal clear waters an attainable adventure.

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