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.

Guests can reach the island of Lützelau in different ways:

  • Comfortably by water taxi
  • With their own or a rented boat
  • From June to September from Monday to Friday with the midday shuttle at 11.30 am and 12.00 pm from the port of Rapperswil.
    (Attention, only in good weather and the return trip is at 1.15 pm and 2.15 pm)

Opening Hours

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Distance Travel time
Zürich Main Station 27.1 km 50 min
Zürich Airport 31.6 km 66 min