Lake Faak

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Faaker See
Lake Faak
Baško jezero 01.JPG
Lake Faak and Karawanks range
Coordinates46°34′40″N 13°55′30″E / 46.57778°N 13.92500°E / 46.57778; 13.92500Coordinates: 46°34′40″N 13°55′30″E / 46.57778°N 13.92500°E / 46.57778; 13.92500
Primary inflowsWourounitza, Rotschitza
Primary outflowsFaaker Seebach to Gail river
Basin countriesAustria
Max. length2.3 km (1.4 mi)
Max. width1.7 km (1.1 mi)
Surface area2.2 km2 (0.85 sq mi)
Average depth16.1 m (53 ft)
Max. depth29.5 m (97 ft)
Water volume35,240,000 m3 (28,570 acre⋅ft)
Residence time1.8 years
Surface elevation554 m (1,818 ft)
IslandsLake Faak Island (Faaker See Insel)
SettlementsFaak, Drobollach, Egg

Lake Faak (German: Faaker See; Slovene: Baško jezero) is a lake in the Austrian state of Carinthia. With an area of approximately 2.2 km2 (0.85 sq mi), it is the state's fifth-largest lake.


Baroque shrine on the shore, view to Mt. Mittagskogel

The lake is located southeast of Villach in the valley of the Drava river, at the northern slope of the Karawanks mountain range beneath Mt. Mittagskogel (Kepa). The settlements of Drobollach and Egg on the northern shore belong to the City of Villach. The village of Faak to the southwest, after which the lake is named, is part of the Finkenstein municipality.

Lake Faak, known for its clear turquoise water, is a popular tourist destination with a wide range of hotels and restaurants on the shore. The European Bike Week, the largest motorcycle rally in Europe, is annually held at the lake in September. Fishing, especially for whitefish (Reinanke) but also for carp, pike, wels, and zander, is quite common.

In 1855, Lake Faak inspired the local priest Franc Treiber to compose the song Nmav čez izaro ("Over the Lake"), which soon became one of the best-known Slovene folk songs, and up to today is considered the unofficial anthem of Carinthian Slovenes.[1]


External links[edit]

Media related to Faeker See at Wikimedia Commons