On the lake: villages and vineyards
You can fully circumnavigate the lake by train, from station Zürich Stadelhofen along the right shore to Rapperswil and via Seedamm back along the left shore to station Zürich Enge. Along the way disembark in the village of Küsnacht for a coffee on the patio of the nostalgic Seehotel Sonne. Another worthwhile stop is the town of Meilen for a detour to the top of 853-metre-high mountain Pfannenstiel with a beautiful view of the lake. Picturesque Rapperswil offers numerous laidback patios. Other great stops on the other side of the lake include Pfäffikon, Richterswil and Kilchberg.
The small island of Ufenau
On the lake: by boat to Rapperswil
From early morning until evening, white ferryboats criss-cross over Lake Zürich, from the boat station at Bürkliplatz to all the villages and settlements along the shores of the lake. For residents this is a way to travel from A to B, for visitors it is a lovely summer cruise. Don’t overpay for the special tourist boats but board the ‘Grosse Rundfahrt’ to the charming village of Rapperswil. Make sure to stop off at Ufenau Island with its lovely vineyards and great picnic areas.
On the lake: swimming pools and sandy beaches
No city in the world has as many outdoor pools as Zürich. In the river and on the lake there are 10 ‘Freibäder’ or, free pools, where locals go in summertime to soak up the sun on plank bridges, piers or sandy beaches. Enjoy a cold beverage or take a refreshing dive in the crystal clear water. Within walking distance from the city centre, Seebad Enge offers 2 lake pools, as well as saunas, massages and yoga lessons. A little further along the lake, 100-year-old beach Mythenquai features a beach pavilion, a sun lawn, a 10-metre-high dive board and 250 metres of sandy beach.