The Most Beautiful Lakes in Switzerland...so far


Guys, believe us. Switzerland is not only about cheese, chocolate and watches. There are theeeeese incredible lakes. These beautiful turquoise lakes you can't take your eyes of. At this point, let us present you the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland...so far. Ammmm, why so far? Well, did you know that Switzerland has 1,484 lakes? :) Well, it would be a bit crazy to visit all of them in such a short time (3 years since we moved to Switzerland). But we have managed to visit a huge amount of this earth creatures so far! And now it is the right time to pass the knowledge on to you guys! If you plan your trip to Switzerland, you might want to include some of these lakes into your travel itinerary! Let's get started!

The first year of our new life in Switzerland was tough. Looking for an apartment, starting a new job, dealing with lots of bureaucracy and adapting to the Swiss culture, made our lives for a while a bit challenging. But as soon everything calmed down, we wanted to discover the country, we now called home. After a bit of a research, we realized there are so many places we want to visit. After a couple of trips, we really liked these cute little Swiss towns, but we were even more impressed by the majestic mountains and lovely lakes. Now, we made a list of the most beautiful lakes we've discovered so far with the aim to inspire your next trips within Switzerland. Have a look.

The Most Beautiful Lakes in Switzerland

Älplisee

Älplisee is definitely one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland! To admire this beautiful mountain lake, drive to Arosa and park your car at Hörnli. In case you're not renting out a car, take the train to Arosa and catch the free bus from Arosa to the Hörnli station. Now you have two options. One is to hike all the way up to the Älplisee. The whole route up and down will take you about 2 hours and 30 minutes. You will even have to pass another beautiful lake called Schwellisee. Another option to see the Älplisee is to take the cable car to the Hörnlihütte. Find more info here. The option with the cable car is much easier, as you will only have to descend for about 40 minutes to the Älplisee and then to go back it will take you another half an hour to the parking space. 

 

Luxury accommodation nearby: Tschuggen Grand Hotel Arosa

Budget accommodation nearby: Home Hotel Arosa

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Älplisee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Älplisee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Älplisee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Älplisee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Älplisee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Älplisee

Urdensee

Certainly one of our favourite lakes in Switzerland is the Urdensee. Its colour, its surrounding, its calmness. Everything is perfect! The good news is that the Älplisee and the Urdensee can both be admired on the same hiking trail! When taking the cable car to Hörnlihütte, consider hiking 30-minutes down to the Urdensee. If you want to see the Älplisee too, you have to go back to the cable car station and continue the hiking trail in the direction of the Älplisee. Don't worry, everything is well marked in Switzerland. Just follow the signs! 

 

Luxury accommodation nearby: Tschuggen Grand Hotel Arosa

Budget accommodation nearby: Home Hotel Arosa

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Urdensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Urdensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Urdensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Urdensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Urdensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Urdensee

Klöntalersee

The Klöntalersee is a beautiful lake in canton Glarus. In summer, it is possible to swim in the lake and hike in the surrounding mountains. Park your car near the lake and ascend 20 minutes to the viewpoint called Schwammhöhe. The views are spectacular!

 

Luxury accommodation nearby: Erlebnishotel RömerTurm

Budget accommodation nearby: Hotel Rhodannenberg 

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Klöntalersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Klöntalersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Klöntalersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Klöntalersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Klöntalersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Klöntalersee

Bannalpsee

Bannalpsee is a fantastic hiking destination. It is located Southern of the Lake Lucerne, near Engelberg. Take the cable car to the lake and walk around the lake for about 1 hour. Once finished, you have many hiking trails in all directions to choose from. Read more about the lake in this blog post.

Luxury accommodation: Palace Lucerne

Budget accommodation: Ibis Budget Hotel

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Bannalpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Bannalpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Bannalpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Bannalpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Bannalpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Bannalpsee

Caumasee

Probably one of the most beautiful lakes is the Caumasee. Its turquoise water is stunning and its small island is an eye-catcher. Due to its meditative touch it is a great place for a summer yoga practice. Its different shades of blue are even more significant in winter. Therefore a visit in the wintertime might be a great option too.

Luxury accommodation: Grand Hotel by Waldhaus Flims

Budget accommodation: Ferienwohnung Crap Ner

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Caumasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Caumasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Caumasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Caumasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Caumasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Caumasee

Crestasee

Crestasee is another lake worth a visit. It is known for its green water colour. With is appealingness, it will invite you to have a plunge in the lake. Good news is that between Crestasee and Caumasee is just about a 10 minutes drive, which makes it easy for you to visit both in the same day!

Luxury accommodation: Grand Hotel by Waldhaus Flims

Budget accommodation: Ferienwohnung Crap Ner

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Crestasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Crestasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Crestasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Crestasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Crestasee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Crestasee

Lungernsee

One of the most beautiful lakes is definitely the Lungernsee. When driving from Brünig to Hasliberg, you will see the viewpoint where you can take some great photos of the lake. The photo can't really express the beauty of the lake, so convince yourself by visiting it on your own!

Luxury accommodation: Maison Bergdorf

Budget accommodation: Chalet Maria

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Lungernsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Lungernsee

Engstlensee

In the Obwalden canton in Switzerland you will find the Engstlensee. Its one of the beautiful lakes in Switzerland which is accessible by car! Once in Meiringen, drive another 40 minutes to the Hotel Engstlenalp. Its about 10 minutes walk to this mountain lake. When I was standing beside this lake, I felt like I was in a fairytale. It is well worth it!

Luxury accommodation: Maison Bergdorf

Budget accommodation: Chalet Maria

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Engstlensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Engstlensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Engstlensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Engstlensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Engstlensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Engstlensee

Gelmersee

Oh my, the Gelmersee is not only one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland but probably one of the most beautiful lakes worldwide! Saying this, I mean the colour is outstanding, the surrounding mountains come in different shapes and it comes with an meditative effect! This lake is a must see. Read more about it here. 

Luxury accommodation: Maison Bergdorf

Budget accommodation: Chalet Maria

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Gelmersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Gelmersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Gelmersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Gelmersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Gelmersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Gelmersee

Vierwaldstättersee

One of the most popular and therefore most photographed lake in Switzerland is the Vierwaldstättersee, also called the Lake Lucerne. This photo was taken from the majestic mountain called Grosser Mythen. Other great views over the lake can be soaked up from the mountains such as Felsenweg Bürgerstock, Pilatus and Rigi. With its great location, Brunnen is a great town to visit if you want to make some stunning pictures of the lake too. 

Luxury accommodation: Palace Lucerne

Budget accommodation: Ibis Budget Hotel

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Vierwaldstättersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Vierwaldstättersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Vierwaldstättersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Vierwaldstättersee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Seealpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Seealpsee

Sihlsee

This is a lake that I want you to visit in winter! In summer, it's nice too, but definitely not as picturesque as in the winter time. In winter, you can even go cross-country skiing along the lake. This beautiful lake in Switzerland is located in Einsiedeln, just about a 50-minutes drive from Zurich. 

Luxury accommodation: Panorama Resort and Spa

Budget accommodation: Flyhof

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Sihlsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Sihlsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Sihlsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Sihlsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Sihlsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Sihlsee

Walensee

One of our favourite lakes is Walensee. With numerous hiking trails in the surrounding mountains, it makes it a great daytrip. Make sure to visit the viewpoint at Chapf and check out my favourite meditation place. 

Luxury accommodation: Panorama Resort and Spa

Budget accommodation: Flyhof

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Walensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Walensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Walensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Walensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Walensee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Walensee

Seealpsee

Appenzell is a great canton to go hiking. Park your car at Wasserauen and take the cable car to Ebenalp. Once there, descend to the famous Aescher and afterwards follow the trail to the Seealpsee. Take a hike around the lake and enjoy the gorgeous landscape. 

Luxury accommodation: Oberwaid Hotel

Budget accommodation: Hotel Dom

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Seealpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Seealpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Seealpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Seealpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Seealpsee
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Seealpsee

Genfersee (aka Lake Leman)

Genfersee is situated in the French part of Switzerland. Actually one side of the lake belongs to Switzerland, the other side to France! The lake is popular due to its summer activities, such as surfing, boating, stand up paddling and water skiing. But the most charming about it is its Chillon castle! Consider going on a ship cruise from Vevey or Montreax to the castle and take the walk along the lake back to the cities. Its surrounding mountains, its castle and the clear water make the lake one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland!

Luxury accommodation: Montreux Lake View Apartments and Spa

Budget accommodation: La Galerne

The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Lake Leman
The most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - Lake Leman

So did we sparkle your lake lust? :) Hopefully! Well, there are many more Swiss lakes out there to explore such as the Bluesee, Bachalpsee and the Rachalpsee! Consider returning to this page as we might constantly expand the list with our favourite lakes in Switzerland! 

Wondering what travel gear we use to take this stunning pictures? Find more info here. 


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Have we forgotten to put any other breathtaking lakes on the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Tom @ Adventurous Travels (Saturday, 31 October 2015)

    Beautiful! Having visited the Slovenian Alps and some spectacular lakes and the turquoise river Soca, I'm planning to see Switzerland and Austria too. Thank you for this post - color of some of the lakes is out of this world!

  • #2

    Sonja (Saturday, 31 October 2015 11:40)

    Thanks Tom! If I'm looking at your choice of countries you're travelling to, I'd say Switzerland won't disappoint you at all! The nature here is outstanding. In Austria, focus on the area around Salzburg - lots of beautiful mountains and lakes. And don't forget to visit the cute town called Hallstatt. Btw. I'm a huge fan of your website! Maybe we can do some work together in the future! ;)

  • #3

    Fida (Wednesday, 04 November 2015 17:02)

    Great to see that you spend time the Swiss way :) We sure are blessed with great hiking trails to reach these wonderful and serene alpine lakes. Hope you took a dip or two - there's nothing more relaxing when hiking. Have a lovely day!

  • #4

    Monika @ One and a Thousand Worlds (Thursday, 28 April 2016 21:37)

    What a great selection! It looks like I have a few more items on my bucket list :)

  • #5

    Image Editing (Friday, 30 June 2017 07:58)

    love that lakes, i will surely go there, thanks for kind information

  • #6

    ethan corney (Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:15)

    What is actuall currency in Swizerland?