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Lake Zürichsee

Zürich, ZH, Switzerland
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Lake Zürich is an unbelievably beautiful and relaxing place in the summertime. Locals and tourists alike come here to stroll, run, picnic, sail, or simply sit around with friends and take in the sunshine. There are lots of nearby spots to grab a coffee or a bite to eat so it's dangerously easy to let the hours melt away. The water is very clean, due to the fact that commercial watercraft are prohibited, and it's more than warm enough to swim, especially in late summer.

There is a ferry that makes several stops around the perimeter of the lake if you're interested in sightseeing or enjoying a peaceful boat ride around the area. Purchase your ticket at the Burkliplatz dock and head to your boat at the scheduled time. The boat tours range from 1.5 hours for the short tour, to about 4 hours for the round-trip from Zurich to Rapperswil and back. On these boat rides you will witness some of the most wonderful sights of the region from the small towns and villages, beautiful lakeside boat houses and swimming areas, the church steeples at all of the villages, to the picturesque beauty of the Swiss Alps on clear days. There are so many activities to do on the lake from boat rides, renting a paddle boat, swimming, fishing, sail boats, paddle surfboards and more.
The best days to take the boat are on sunny days, but hundreds of others will have the same idea. Also, always take a jacket and a hat as it is always breezy on the boat even on warm summer days. This is one of the highlights of Zurich and regional tourism. A definite must
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