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Hello friends and colleagues, today I offer a view of this beautiful Austrian lake, I hope you like, then some letters on the lake.

Attersee, also known as Kammersee, English sometimes Lake Atter, is the largest lake of the Salzkammergut region in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. It is Austria's third largest lake by area, surpassed only by Lake Constance and Lake Neusiedl, which, however, both extend beyond national borders.

The surface area extends for about 20 km (12 mi) from north to south and 4 km (2.5 mi) from east to west. With an average depth of 85 m (279 ft), its water volume even surpasses the Chiemsee, which is larger by area.

The main inflow is the Seeache creek, which flows out of the nearby Mondsee lake in the southwest. Both Attersee and Mondsee are part of a chain of lakes, beginning with Fuschlsee and Irrsee. The waters flow off with the Ager River down to the Traun which itself discharges into the Danube at Linz.

In the southwest of the lake the Schafberg ("Sheep Mountain"), part of the Salzkammergut Mountains, rises up to 1,782 m (5,846 ft), separating it from the Mondsee lake, whose southern shore borders the state of Salzburg. The Höllengebirge (literally "mountains of hell") karst range, with a height of up to 1,862 m (6,109 ft), is located southeast of the lake.

Due to its steady winds and clean water quality, Attersee is famous for attracting sailors and swimmers alike. During the season numerous sailing competitions are held. One of the most cherished winds on Attersee is the so-called "Rosenwind" meaning "breeze of roses". It is an easterly wind that crosses a castle's rose garden and fills the air across the lake with the smell of roses. The surrounding settlements largely depend on tourism, mainly in spring, summer and autumn.

Because of the lake's size and despite the cold temperatures during winter the lake rarely freezes. The last time the lake was entirely covered with ice was in the late 1940s, when people were seen skating and riding motorcycles across the thickly frozen surface of the lake.

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