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What you should know about Lake Zurich

A haven for leisure, landscape, and outdoor activities, Lake Zurich boasts a wealth of attractions set in stunning surroundings. Whether you are seeking water sports adventure, hilltop expeditions, or simply the chance to relax and enjoy striking scenery, Lake Zurich is an outstanding tourist destination in Switzerland. With Zurich at its northern tip, the lake stretches down for 25 miles of stunning landscape with countless leisure activities on offer, and all just a stone’s throw from the city.

Hotels on Lake Zurich


The hotels in this popular and wealthy region occupy the higher end of the price scale, but this is reflected in distinguished quality and guest ratings. The towns on Lake Zurich date back centuries, giving you the chance to experience a hotel with real character. One of the hotels on Lake Zurich is the 350-year-old Romantik Seehotel Sonne in the medieval town of Kuesnacht, offering idyllic views, 3 restaurants, and a spa. The Schwan Hotel & Taverne in the heart of Horgen old town also oozes character, dating back to the 14th century with 22 individually furnished rooms. Further south in beautiful Rappenswil-Jona, the Best Western Speer is set in a historic building, transformed to accommodate the luxuries of a modern 4-star hotel on Lake Zurich.

Things to do in Lake Zurich


Lake Zurich is a magnet for water sports aficionados, and whichever destination you choose you will not be far from waterskiing, wakeboarding, surfing, sailing, and more. With warm water temperatures in summer, it is ideal for swimmers: Mythenquai, Tiefenbrunnen, Seebad-Enge, and Utoquai are some of the most popular bathing facilities within easy reach of Zurich, and suitable for all the family. Boat excursions are a popular way to relax and take in the view, but don’t miss out on a “dreamboat” cruise from the Lake Zurich Navigation Company. Ranging from murder mystery to disco nights, to Mother’s Day cruises and many more, there is an unforgettable experience for everyone aboard a boat on Lake Zurich. The stunning landscape overlooking Lake Zurich has as much to offer as the waters below. The Lake Zurich Trail offers 70 miles of pathways around the lake and into the surrounding hills, ideal for a day of biking or hiking.

Good for families


The outdoor activities available and the range of family-friendly hotels on Lake Zurich make it an ideal location for family vacations in Switzerland. The many bathing facilities around the lake are tailored to the needs of all the family, and most include shallow waters for non-swimmers and water equipment for hire. Other attractions include the Knie Children’s Zoo in Rapperswil, where children can get up close to, touch, and even ride the animals, and near to the southern shore is Europe’s largest covered water park, Alpamare. In a country more famed for its winter sports, Lake Zurich is the perfect location for summer vacations in Switzerland that all the family will enjoy.

How to get to Lake Zurich


Zurich is on the northern tip of the lake and is an international transport hub. The central station is 10 minutes from the airport with services every 5-10 minutes, and offers direct services to towns all around the lake. The S2 runs along the southwestern shore directly to the airport in up to 30 minutes. Zurich is connected to all major Swiss cities by highway; on the A1 Geneva is 3 hours away and Bern 90 minutes, and Basel is a 1-hour drive on the A3, making it easy to travel to Lake Zurich.

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