Lakes and mountains are probably the most interesting things for a tourist travelling to Switzerland (we don’t count cheese and chocolate). At its 42k sq meters territory it has almost 1,500 lakes. SUISSEPIC discovered the most beautiful ones to visit.
Lake Geneva (Lac Leman)
Lake Geneva is the most famous Swiss lake. With its 580 sq meters it is considered to be one of the largest in Europe. On the whole Lake Geneva is caln, so even Genevans make jokes about that saying that “lake is never on fire”. However may show its character on windy winter days with big waves. It’s surrounded by lovely villages, extensive vineyards, ancient castles and the AlpsThe main sightseeing spots here are Jet D’Eau, a landmark of Geneva city Chateau de Chillon, a must-visit place in Montreux. Here you can enjoy rowing, swimming, diving and sailing.
Lake Lucerne is often called a pearl of Switzerland because of Lucerne city located on its banks. It is surrounded by gorgeous mountains, the most popular of which are Pilatus and Rigi. It’s an ideal place for boating, hiking and cycling with the breathtaking landscapes around the lake.
Lake Zurich is a pleasant and tranquil place to walk or run around when you finished work at the office inside one of the main business cities in Switzerland. Here you can bathe, sail, enjoy a picnic, windsurf or waterski. If you want to cross Lake Zurich, you can walk across the longest wooden pedestrian bridge in Europe between the city of Rapperswil and the village of Hurden.
Stunning Lake Constance is the third biggest lake in Switzerland. Here the state shares its borders with Germany and Austria. This lake is a popular travel destination where there are perfect conditions for boating, hiking and water sports. It’s flanked by a lot of old lakeside towns and attractive villages with incredible views of the Swiss Alps. The area around Lake Constance is perfect for bike-holidays. BTW one of the most popular routes here is the Bodensee-Radweg, which runs 260 kilometers around the lake.
Charming Lake Thun located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland is surrounded by picturesque towns and villages, magnificent mountains and a mild climate. Here you can also find castles of middle ages, like the castles of Thun, Oberhofen and Spiez on Lake Thun. On the knight’s trail you will find pageboys and varlets can learn how to be knights and ladies. At the south end of the lake there are the St. Beatus Caves where you can view with stalagmites, stalactites and waterfalls.
Lake Oeschinen is a stunning mountain lake with UNESCO status, which is situated near Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland. It has at least a dozen waterfalls, beautiful flowers, swimming options, and row boats for rent as well. It is no doubt one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Switzerland. This lake is famous with the locals for ice fishing, tobogganing and skating when it is frozen from December to May.
Lake Brienz is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes located in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is spread from the valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. You can hike or bike along the shores of Lake Brienz visiting the little fishing villages such as Bönigen and Iseltwald or famous Giessbach Falls.
Lake Lugano is a big glacial lake located at the Swiss-Italian border. There are various boat tours to historical places like a fishing village of Gandria or to the top of Monte Bre or Monte Generoso, the highest mountain by the lake at 1,700 meters.