Lützelau Island – A Small Island in the Middle of Lake Zurich

There are two islands in Lake Zurich not far from Rapperswil-Jona. The smaller one is Lützelau Island.

The name Lützelau is derived from the Old High German term for "small island". The island is already mentioned in documents from the 8th century, in which it was sold to St. Gallen Monastery.

Today, Lützelau Island is a nature reserve, including its shoreline area. It is 300 meters (984 feet) long, 150 meters (492 feet) wide and provides space for a campground, three spots for making a fire and a small restaurant. It serves barbecue specialties as well as its famous "Fischknusperli" (deep-fried fish). Island custodians take care both of the campgrounds and the restaurant.

You can get to Lützelau Island with your own boat or a rented one. The island can also be reached conveniently by water taxi.

Opening Hours

Seasonally closed from 1 October 2022 until 30 April 2023.


Distance Travel time
Zürich Main Station 25.8 km 50 min
Zürich Airport 30.9 km 66 min
Insel Lützelau
Postfach 1027
8640  Rapperswil