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The 12 Most Beautiful Lakes In Switzerland

Jet D'eau on Lake Geneva in Switzerland

Switzerland is a popular tourist spot, welcoming around four million travelers yearly. Boasting lively cities, top-tier skiing, world-class hiking, and some of the world’s best cheese, you will never regret visiting this charming and beautiful country.

One major selling point of the country is that it is dotted with countless pristine lakes. Often enjoying the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains, the lakes of Switzerland provide a wonderful mix of peaceful retreats and alpine adventure.

There are a ton of ways to enjoy the country’s alpine lanes. Opportunities for hiking through underground caves, gliding high in the sky for a bird’s eye view, or enjoying water sports like scuba diving, sailing, and water skiing mean that there’s no excuse for a boring day on a Swiss lake.

But not every lake trip needs to be so fast paced! There are also top-tier spa resorts and fantastic cruises to hop on for a quieter approach to enjoying the beauty of the lakes.

In this article, we’ll talk about 12 of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland. All you have to do is pick which ones make the list for your next Swiss adventure.

1. Lake Geneva

Jet D'eau on Lake Geneva in Switzerland
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Let’s kick off our list with the beautiful Lake Geneva, which straddles the border between Switzerland and France. Lake Geneva offers plenty of opportunities to take a boat trip to enjoy top-tier views of the mighty Swiss Alps and other landmarks sprinkled around the lake’s shoreline.

Nature lovers will enjoy starting the day with morning bird-watching excursions to spot the local wildlife that calls the lake home. Or, if historical landmarks are more up your alley, you could always go to the French side of the lake and visit the medieval city and preserved castle of Yvoire.

There are endless selling points to visiting the largest lake in Switzerland. For those who love a tipple, one of Switzerland’s most extensive vineyards, Lavaux, sits on the northern shores of Lake Geneva. Not only is it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a fine bottle of Swiss wine with idyllic views of the lake.

See Related: Best Hidden Gems in Switzerland

2. Lake Lucerne

Aerial view of Lake Lucerne.Aerial view of Lake Lucerne.
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Lake Lucerne is the fourth-largest lake in Switzerland. It is named after Lucerne City, which lies on its western shores. Make the trip to central Switzerland to a picturesque lake, providing visitors with an equal blend of culture…

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