Lake Zurich stretches south-east of Zurich across the cantons of Zurich, St. Gallen and Schwyz. Its main tributary is the Linth, which originates in the Tödi massif in the Glarus Alps and flows through the canton of Glarus and Lake Walen before finally flowing into Lake Zurich as the Linth Canal near Schmerikon.
The main outflow from Lake Zurich in the city of Zurich is via the Limmat, which flows through the Limmat Valley to the Aare. These natural waterways characterize the unique landscape and offer both locals and visitors numerous opportunities for recreation and leisure activities.
Lake Zurich landmark of the city and region of Zurich
The Lake Zurich is considered the trademark of the city and region of Zurich and connects it with Rapperswil. With its picturesque shores, it offers a wide range of activities, whether on the water, along the shore or in the lake itself. Whether sailing, swimming, stand-up paddling or simply enjoying the idyllic panorama – Lake Zurich is a real magnet for those seeking relaxation and water sports enthusiasts.
In the past, Lake Zurich functioned mainly as a traffic and transportation route, but today it is a popular excursion destination and its shores are sought-after residential areas. A boat trip on the gentle waves of the lake offers the most comfortable way to explore the Lake Zurich region while enjoying peace, relaxation and culinary delights.
On the lower north shore, the famous “Gold Coast” stretches from Zollikon to Feldmeilen, known for its low tax rate and high real estate prices. Here you will find magnificent houses and villas inhabited by the wealthier social classes.
Cruising on Lake Zurich
A boat trip on Lake Zurich is a must for every visitor to Zurich. Most of the lakeside towns are served by scheduled boats all year round, with the two historic paddle steamers being particularly popular with visitors. In addition to regular cruises, the Lake Zurich Navigation Company also offers special cruises such as music cruises and public holiday cruises.
As you glide across the water, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped Alps on the horizon as well as nearby destinations such as the island of Ufenau, the Lindt Home of Chocolate, Rapperswil Castle or a vineyard near Stäfa. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and discover the diversity that Lake Zurich and its surroundings have to offer.
Islands of Ufenau and Lützelau
Did you know that Lake Zurich is home to the largest island in Switzerland? The island of Ufenau, owned by the Einsiedeln monastery since 965, covers an area of around 11 hectares. Here you will not only find the picturesque vineyards of the monastery, but also a historic chapel and an idyllic inn.
Nearby is the smaller island of Lützelau, which is home to a popular campsite with an area of around 2 hectares. Unlike Ufenau, swimming is also permitted here, making the island particularly popular with bathers.
Discover these unique islands and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Lake Zurich. Enjoy the beautiful nature, the historical sights and the relaxed atmosphere of these enchanting islands.
Video Lake Zurich Navigation Company – ZSG
Our 17 boats sail on Lake Zurich, one of the most popular recreational areas in the region. The ZSG fleet consists of 2 steamboats, 3 Limmat boats and 12 motorboats ranging from small to large. The two nostalgic paddle steamers, the “Stadt Zürich” and the “Stadt Rapperswil”, are popular with young and old alike.
Video Lake Zurich, walk along the promenade