Seven Must Visit Lakes in Switzerland

February 12, 2017

Almost four months ago, on October 2016, The Jakarta Post publish my first ever article. I was so thrilled until I can’t stop smiling for the whole day. My article was published as the community, so I’m not working for The Jakarta Post. But still, it is so cool to be published in their website. Here’s the link to the post. And literally just talked about seven lakes in Switzerland that you have to travel when you’re in Swiss.

*The content below has been previously published by The Jakarta Post, written by Michelle Francisca Lee. As usual, all the pictures are taken by me. 

Chocolates, watches and cheese might come to mind when you think of Switzerland. However, this country has so much more to offer, including lakes. The lakes in Switzerland have been a tourist destination for several years. The country has more than 100 lakes, varying in location, height and beauty.

Here are some of the must visit lakes if you happen to travel to Switzerland:

Lake Geneva 

Lake Geneva (or Lac Leman) is the biggest lake in Switzerland. Lovely villages, extensive vineyards and mountains surround it. It is so big that Switzerland has to share the lake with its neighboring country, France. The famous fountain, Jet d’Eau in Geneva, and the historic castle, Chateau de Chillon, in Montreux, are both featured on Lake Geneva. Crossing the border from Switzerland to France can be done by boat from Lausanne.

Lake Thun & Lake Brienz

Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are like twins, separated by the town of Interlaken. Both are beautiful and have become local favorites during summer days when everyone brings their own paddles and rents a kayak to sail across the water. Lake Thun and Lake Brienz also offer cruise trips to view the villages and mountains around the lakes.

Lake Blausee

Lake Blausee is rather small compared to the other lakes. This lake is home to a legendary love story and is also one of the most successful organic trout farms in the country. It is one of the bluest lakes I’ve ever seen. You can see the depth of the lake and big trout swimming in it. Opt to have a picnic nearby while enjoying the calm color of this lake.

Lake Oeschinen

Located in the same region as Lake Blausee, this lake cannot be reached without a cable car. After you take the cable car up the mountain, you still need to walk for about 20 minutes to reach the lake. Just like any other lake (except Lake Blausee), visitors are allowed to kayak, paddle board and swim in the lake. One famous summer activity on Lake Oeschinen is tobogganing, which is like a mini rollercoaster ride down the mountain.

Lake Caumasee

Lake Caumasee Swiss-6

Lake Caumasee is another small lake at high altitude. It is famous for a little island situated in the middle of the lake. Lake Caumasee is located in the midst of tall pine trees. It can be reached by a funicular or by foot. This lake freezes in winter and is perfect for swimming in the summer.

This is an update: I visited Lake Caumasee and it is one of my favorites now!!! It is honestly amazing and just a perfect hidden gem of Switzerland especially for summer time. You should read more about Lake Caumasee with all the beautiful pictures and details of how to get there and what to do in there.

Lake Lugano

Lake Lugano is on the Italian border of Switzerland and is shared between the two countries. The weather is warmer on Lake Lugano. Lake Lugano gives an alluring view of the country. Imagine being in Switzerland with an Italian atmosphere, the best of two countries in one place.

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  • Reply Cory September 18, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Everybody’s got their own favourites. There’s plenty of beautiful lakes in Switzerland, certainly Lago Bianco (White Lake) along the Bernina railway route should have made it to your list.
    Or is it missing because it is artificial?

    • Reply michellefranciscalee September 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

      I cannot agree more with you regarding there’s plenty (I’d say endless) beautiful lakes in Switzerland! I never got the chance to do the Bernina route 🙁 It’s always been in my bucketlist but sadly I have to go back to my country before I can go there. I love ALL LAKES in Switzerland tbh, whether they are real/artificial/small/big, love them all <3 Thank you for recommending Lago Bianco, I saw it on the Internet and I can imagine it look super amazing in real life.

  • Reply Asma November 21, 2017 at 12:19 am

    This article was pure eye candy 💚 Breathtaking! I’m dying to go to Switzerland now ;_;

    • Reply michellefranciscalee November 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      If you ever go to Switzerland, you should at least go to one of the lake!!! It’s a must!!!

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