Lake Zurich, Zürichsee in Swiss, is one of the premier attractions in the region and stretches from the Limmat River in the north and far off to the south-east of the city. What was once an important route for traffic and trade into Zurich is now a popular recreational area, much loved by the residents.
Taking to the waterYou will quickly see why the locals value this glittering blue expanse of water, with incredible scenery edged by the city in the north and mountains on both sides. One of the best ways to appreciate the scale and grandeur of Lake Zurich is to join one of the many tour boats that operate in the area, like for example the ZSG tour company.
Some of ZSG’s shorter hour-long tours take you down the Limmat River from the Zürich Landesmuseum dock by the Swiss National Museum, and along the Old Town and onto the lake. There are also longer trips that last for two, three and four hours, plus the more extensive full-day tours that take you all the length of the lake from Zurich to Schmerikon and back. Remember to check the timetable in advance as there are less tours in the winter season, and make sure to bring sunglasses and sunscreen if it’s a sunny day.
If you would like to explore one of the towns along the lake, you can get off at for example Zollikon, Küsnacht, Thalwil, Herrliberg, Horgen, Uetikon, Wädenswil, Richterswil, Rapperswil and Schmerikon, depending on which tour you are on. Getting back to Zurich is easy using their well-connected train system.
Enjoy the lake from landIf you prefer to keep your feet on dry ground you will find ample opportunities for hiking around Lake Zurich. There is a network of well-maintained paths that offer views and experiences just as rewarding as the boat rides.
The lake rates as a must-see for everyone staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Zurich Airport, and you will find that spending time in the beautiful area around the city will enrich their stay.