Switzerland is popularly known for its snow-topped Alps, however, Switzerland is also home to about 1500 stunningly beautiful lakes. Sitting by the lakeside, with the majestic Alps as their backdrop, it's a picture perfect setting these lakes are placed in.
One of the largest lakes in Central and Western Europe, Lake Geneva is a crescent-shaped lake that happens to be the largest in Switzerland.
Chillon Castle (Island Castle)
This fairy-tale castle is situated on a rock island off the banks of Lake Geneva. It's the most-visited castle in all of Switzerland. It's definitely the highlight of Lake Geneva.
Lake Geneva Cruises
One of the best ways to experience Lake Geneva is by hopping aboard on the passenger ferries or signing up for a narrated boat tour. These cruise tours stop at towns along the banks and even allow you to enjoy the most scenic views of vineyards of Lavaux.
Blausee Lake, Oberland (Blue Lake)
Sourced by underground springs, this magical lake is mesmerizing blue with crystal clear waters that allow you to view until the bottom. Hiking, fishing, picnics are popular recreational activities here.
Nestled in the middle of a forest in the Blausee Nature Park, the lush green forests and the bright blue lake waters strike nothing short of an enchanting view and experience.
A rough path leads you to the lake, and undeniably it's like entering paradise. It's also one of the most Instagrammed lakes of Switzerland.
Zurich lake is visible from wherever you stand in Zurich. Since, this is a vast lake, it's not possible to view it all at once, however, each and every part of it is extremely picturesque.
The best way to view this glistening lake framed by Apline Mountains, is by taking one of their boat cruises. Depending on your interest, time availability and budget, you can choose your type of cruise.
Cruises also stop at various villages, so you get to enjoy the various towns along the coast of the lake. The architecture of the houses are endearing. A variety of water sports are on offer here during the warm summer months.
Lake Walen or Walensee Lake
Nestled in the midst of the majestic Churfirsten mountain range, this lake's water is a shade of blue that will leave you pinching yourself. It's almost unreal!
A boat cruise will lead you to the picturesque Quinten village. You can enjoy a scenic hike past waterfalls and palm trees, vines and even fig trees. However, this village is car-free, so don't be surprised!
Nestled in the midst of the Reuss Valley, Lake Lucerne is a magnificent lake set in stunning settings. Its shape is rather unique bearing semblance to four arms or bends. It's named after the city of Lucerne.
Swiss Path Walking Tour
At the southern portion of the lake is this amazing hiking path that will be a memorable way to tour the place, allowing you to soak in the beauty of the place in a relaxed manner.
On this guided cruise tour, you not only learn more about the lake, but also get to see and learn more about Mt. Pilatus, overlooking the lake. Also, learn more about the historic medieval town at the end of the lake.
Situated in Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland, this lake gets its name from the town called Thun situated at the Western region of the lake.
Castles and Vineyards
Besides the usual Alpine backdrop, this lake also has to its benefit not just one, but five romantic-looking castles on its shore. Vineyards also add to the scenic beauty of the place, especially at sunset.
Besides photographing the scenic view and visiting the castles surrounding the lake, you can also enjoy a plethora of water sports from wind-surfing to sailing to canoeing, etc.
Another lake in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland, this lake is known for its exceptional beauty. The pure white of the snow-peaked mountains contrasts so beautifully with the clear, turquoise blue of the lake waters.
One of the most exhilarating things you can do at the Alps is go on an Apline slide ride or toboggan run. It has speed and stunning views combined in one. Truly an adventure of a lifetime.
You can entertain yourself with a whole variety of water sports activities, boating, fishing trips, etc. during the summer. You can also enjoy a meal at their lake side restaurant. During the winter, skiing, ice fishing, etc. are popular activities.