One of the most beautiful countries in the world Switzerland might be small and landlocked but still, it holds one of the most diverse geographies. The country is known for its Eco-friendly villages, majestic mountains and sparkling lakes. Switzerland is home to more than 1,500 lakes and four major rivers running through it. The country holds six per cent of Europe’s entire freshwater stock. Here is our pick for the 10 most Surreal Lakes In Switzerland-
1. Lake Geneva:
The crescent-shaped Lake Geneva is shared by France and Switzerland and it is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. Sitting at an elevation of 372 meters, Lake Geneva is overlooked by the Alps. The stunning lake boasts views of both Grand Combin and Mont Blanc. Castles and villages dot the lake’s northern shoreline. Rowing, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding are some popular activities here. You can also visit the towns Vaud and Valais from here.
2. Lake Lucerne:
The fourth-largest lake in Switzerland offers grand mountain views and a shoreline studded with beautiful small towns. The lake has a complicated shape with many bends and four arms. The lake is situated in the Reuss Valley spreading across four Swiss cantons. You can visit the Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden & Lucerne from here.
3. Lake Constance:
Bordering Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Lake Constance is a popular tourism destination with beautiful resorts towns at its shoreline. The Alpine lake has two parts the Untersee (lower lake) and the larger Obersee (upper lake). It’s a popular spot for skiing, sailing, windsurfing and swimming. There are several walking trails and cycling trails to enjoy the views of the lake. From Lake Constance, you can take a trip to Thurgau, St. Gallen & Schaffhausen.
4. Lake Lungern, Obwalden
This surreal natural lake in Obwalden has a beautiful town at its shore of the same name. The lake is fed by the river Sarner Aa and is popular for its turquoise color water. The town of Interlaken is not far from the lake.
5. Lake Zurich:
Lake Zurich is one of the most picturesque lakes in Switzerland. With stunning mountain views, the lake offers activities including boating and swimming. The banana-shaped lake is surrounded by the Ibis, Zimmerberg and Pfannenstiel hills and has the towns Rapperswil, Au, St.Gallen & Schwyz close by. The lake’s shoreline is dotted with a number of beautiful places that you can explore. Another lake that you should explore in Zurich is Türlersee.
6. Lake Maggiore:
Also known as Verbano, Lake Maggiore is the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake is shared between Italy and Switzerland. Charming islands & historic lakefront villas decorates this lake. It is located on the south edge of the Alps and is best known for its mountain views, The Brissago Islands and famous botanical garden, Parco Botanico del Canton Ticino. Another beautiful lake that you can find in this is the Lake Lugano.
7. Oeschinen Lake:
The region of Bern is home to a number of surreal lakes. Including Lake Brienz, Blausee, Bachalpsee, Lake Biel, Seebergsee Lake, Gelmersee, Oeschinen Lake and Lake Thun. Though all of these lakes offer spectacular views, the Lake Oeschinen is arguably the most popular one. Nestled between the steep cliffs of the Blüemlisalp, Oeschinen Lake is small but one of the most breathtaking lakes. It is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lake is surrounded by waterfalls, melting glaciers and alpine meadows.
8. Lago di Saoseo & Crestasee, Grisons:
Lago di Saoseo & Crestasee along with Lake Sils and Caumasee are four of the most popular lakes in Switzerland. Located in the valley Val da Camp, Lago di Saoseo is known for its clear water and alpine forest. The lake Crestasee is small but its crystal clear water attracts many travelers. The small lake surrounded by mountains offers truly surreal views.
One of the larger lakes in Switzerland, Lake Walensee sits at the western end of the region Heidiland. The south side of the lake is studded with towns and villages while the north side is with mountains. It is overlooked by Mürtschenstock and Todi. Small towns including Quinten, Weesen, Quarten, Murg and St. Gallen, Glarus are easily accessible from here.
10. Riffelsee, Zermatt :
Two stunning lakes in Zermatt are Riffelsee and Leisee. The alpine lake Riffelsee lies below the Riffelhorn at an elevation of 2757 m. In the daylight, its clear water reflects the Matterhorn creating a magical scenario.
Some other lakes we also recommend exploring in Switzerland are- Lake Neuchâtel, Lac de Joux, Lac des Chavonnes, Schwarzsee, Lac de Derborence, Lac de Taney, Trübsee, Bannalpsee, Seealpsee and Sihlsee.