Ufenau Island Lake Zurich

Ufenau Island Lake Zurich

Ufenau Island in Lake Zurich

Island of Ufenau in Lake Zurich

After having been closed for some time, the Ufenau Island in Lake Zurich has now finally reopened. It is the larger of the two island just off Rapperswil-Jona and is only accessible by boat. Owned by Einsiedeln Monastery since 965, this small but beautiful island is also a nature reserve.

Island of Ufenau in Lake Zurich

Although you’re not allowed to swim in the waters off the island, with its medieval churches and the “Haus zu den zwei Raben” Restuarant, best known for its “Fischchnusperli” (Switzerland’s answer to fish and chips) it’s a beautiful place to visit and explore. Island of Ufenau in Lake Zurich

I visited a while ago and it makes for a great day out and it’s a lovely place to go for an easy hike, with beautiful views giving you a different perspective across the lake.

Island of Ufenau in Lake Zurich

The religious link is still very strong and and the current church, St. Peter and Paul, was built in the 12th century, with the first Christian church having been built in the 7th century. There is also evidence of settlements dating back to Gallic/Roman settlements from the 2nd and 3rd century.

Ufenau Island Lake Zurich

For its small size the island has a lot to offer with its lush vegetation and lots of natural wildlife. If you take a look at the brochure of the island here (in German) you can get an overview of its size and the wildlife which inhabit this unique piece of land in the middle of Lake Zurich.

Ufenau Island in Lake Zurich

When to visit: By boat between April and October

Boat Crossing: Check the boat timetable here for crossings

Restaurant Tel: +41 55 410 12 25

The restaurant is closed Monday afternoons and Tuesdays in bad weather.

Visit the Ufenau website here. 

See Island Ufenau on Google Maps here:

Ufenau Island in Lake Zurich

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All photos by Christina Fryer except Top Photo courtesy of Visit Zurich

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