Five Small Lakes to Visit in Switzerland 

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Five Small Lakes to Visit in Switzerland 

Whether you are looking for a place to go swimming in the summer or hiking in the autumn and spring, there are plenty of small lakes for every activity.

Greifensee

Greifensee

Situated to the east of Zurich in the Glatt Valley, the Greifensee is a smaller, quieter lake for Zurich locals to get away from the commotion of the city. The Greifensee is located approximately 10 kilometers away downtown Zurich.The Greifensee has a no motor boat rule (ferries excluded), so it is perfect for watersports and fishing. With many places to rent boats and many swimming areas to sample. The lake is also home to many wild species of fish and birds to see in or near the lake. Additionally, a cycle highway goes all the way around the lake, creating a great way to see the entire lake in a day.

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Lake Greifensee

Obersee

Obersee (Zurisee)

Connected to the Zurisee, the Obersee is the smaller part of the main lake, but is teeming with wildlife. With six protected areas for flora and fauna to thrive in this more secluded part of the Zurich area. There are many boat rides available so that you can take in all the lake has to offer.

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Obersee

Blausee

Lake Blausee

Famous for its deep blue water, it gets its name from the legend of the heartbroken girl (see previous post here for more info). This lake is located at 887 meters, in the Kander Valley in the canton of Berne with a maximum depth of 12 meters. It’s takes a little over two hours to reach by train from Zurich, or a bit less than two hours by car. Whilst you’re there, make sure you have a great lunch at the Hotel Blausee which specialises in local trout dishes.

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Blausee

Katzensee

Katzensee

In the big hustle and bustle of the industrial town of Oerlikon lies one of the smallest lakes in the Zurich area. Katzensee is only 39 hectares large and contains a free swimming bath on its southernmost shore. Additionally, several great walking and cycling routes can be found around the area. Situated in a small park in the metropolitan heart of the city, the Katzensee is a point of solitude in the big city.

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Katzensee

 

Caumasee

Lake Cauma – Cauamsee

This Lake has amazing turquoise coloured water. Located at 997 meters in the Graubünden area of Switzerland and surrounded by an enormous forest, it’s easily accessible from Zurich with a car journey of about one and a half hours, or two hours by train. The water temperature in Summer is an average of 21 to 24 Celsius. From Flims, you can take the funicular or walk down to reach the lake. You can enjoy swimming in the clear water, hiking and you can even hire stand up paddleboards in Summer. For more information please see an article with more photos here.

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Caumasee

 

Images from Wikimedia Commons and NewInZurich

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