It would be impossible to imagine the city of Zurich without its lake. The locals swim in the deep-blue water in summer, picnic on its shores, cycle all the way around it, and use the cruise boats as a leisurely means of getting from A to B.
An Absolute Must
Anyone visiting Zurich should definitely not miss going on a boat trip. Gliding through the water, passengers can see the snow-capped Alps on the horizon, but also the next excursion destinations ahead: Ufenau Island, the Lindt Home of Chocolate, Rapperswil Castle, or a winery near Stäfa.
The Lake Zurich Navigation Company ZSG offers daily round trips, as well as various special cruises. How about a Brunch Cruise, for example? Or perhaps you would prefer to dance the salsa as the lakeshore passes by? Themed dinners complete the program.
Did you know that the largest island in Switzerland lies in Lake Zurich? It is the tiny Ufenau Island – or, as the locals call it, "Ufnau" – which has been owned by Einsiedeln Abbey since the year 965. It is home to abbey-owned vineyards, a chapel, and an attractive restaurant.
Directly next to Ufnau is the smaller Lützelau Island. There is a campground here and swimming is permitted – unlike on Ufnau.
Ufenau Island (on the left) and the smaller Lützelau Island (back right) viewed from the air.
Picturesque arrival at Ufenau Island.
The Lake Zurich Navigation Company ZSG transports guests to the island, where a first-class restaurant awaits.
The smaller island of Lützelau can only be reached by boat taxi, which guests order themselves and in advance.
With its campground and restaurant, Lützelau is a popular day trip destination.
Around Lake Zurich on Two Wheels
Yes, it is possible to cycle around Lake Zurich in one go. But since it is a distance of an impressive 90 kilometers (56 miles), it is only recommended for experienced cyclists. If you prefer a more leisurely ride, you can take Cycle Route 66. It wends its way from Zurich to Rapperswil along the right bank of Lake Zurich through picturesque neighborhoods and vineyards.
The so-called Heart Route (Cycle Route 99) takes cyclists once around the Obersee and as far as the famous abbey village of Einsiedeln.