The prettiest lakes in Switzerland
Switzerland is home to dazzling natural beauty – from incredible mountains to spectacular lakes. It is difficult to pick the prettiest lakes but here’s my attempt. All of these lakes are breathtaking and as an added bonus, a lot of them do not figure on typical tourist lists! Add these beautiful Swiss lakes to your itinerary to enjoy Switzerland’s natural beauty at its best, without getting caught between hordes of tourists.
Check out this complete Switzerland travel guide to make your travel planning easier – includes details on the best time to visit, itinerary options (for 3, 5, 7 or 10 days), visa, transportation in Switzerland (including Swiss Pass), accommodation options and more!
Read on to see which lakes made the cut and how to visit them.
In no particular order, *drum roll please*, here are the 7 prettiest lakes in Switzerland!
Bachalpsee (my favourite lake in Switzerland)
No list of the best lakes in Switzerland can be complete without this lake. Bachalpsee is a stunning lake nestled in the Bernese Oberland mountains in the Jungfrau region. The sharp snow peaks reflected in its waters make for an incredible sight. Visiting Bachalpsee includes one of the best hikes in Switzerland.
To visit the lake you need to head to Grindelwald and take the cable car upto Grindelwald First. From there a beautiful hour long walk will bring you to the lake. This lake is accessible from May to October so plan accordingly.
Here’s my detailed guide to visiting Bachalpsee.
Oeschinensee is another lake in the Bernese Oberland region. This incredibly blue coloured lake is located between sharp cliffs which make for an amazing contrast with the tranquil waters of the lake.
To visit the lake, head to Kandersteg and take the cable car up to Oeschinen. From there either take the electrical shuttle bus or walk (highly recommended) the 20-25 min to the lake.
Here’s my detailed guide to visiting Oeschinensee.
Dazzlingly turquoise waters are the highlight of this lake – the kind where you have to see it to believe it! Caumasee translates to Lake of Noon Rest and that’s quite literally what people do here – it’s the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday.
To visit the lake, simply head to Flims Waldhaus and walk about 15 min to a lift that takes you directly to the lake.
Here’s my detailed guide to visiting Caumasee.
Bannalpsee is a mountain reservoir in Central Switzerland near Engelberg. A hidden gem, this lake has brilliant green waters surrounded by high mountains.
To visit Bannalpsee, head to the Fell station in Wolfenschiessen from where regular cable cars run-up to the lake.
Here’s my detailed guide on visiting Bannalpsee
Blausee is the bluest lake you’ll ever see – its name literally means Blue Lake! This small lake with crystal clear waters is located in a beautiful nature park.
There is an interesting legend behind Blausee. It is said that the lake is deep blue in colour because of the deep blue coloured eyes of the young girl who died of a broken heart. In eternal memory of the love of this girt, there’s even an underwater statue at Blausee!
To visit Blausee, head to the Blausee Nature Park in Kandersteg. This lake is located only 10 minutes from Oeschinensee so you can visit both in one day.
This emerald green lake is located in Central Switzerland, quite close to Caumasee. It’s a beautiful spot to relax, swim and have a picnic!
To visit Crestasee you have 2 options,
- Head first to Caumasee and from there walk ~45 min on a lovely hike to Crestasee
- Head to Trin Mulin and from there and walk 20-30 min to reach Crestasee
Here’s my detailed guide to visiting Crestasee.
Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne)
This famous lake, also known as Lake Lucerne is the fourth largest lake in Switzerland. It’s irregular-shaped structure lying across several valleys makes it a delight to both cruise on and admire the views from a high vantage point.
Some of the best ways to enjoy the lake include,
- Taking a dip in it – there are several parks along the lake in Lucerne from where you can enjoy a swim
- Taking a cruise on the lake – several cruises start from Lucerne to neighbouring towns. You could either do a round trip which would last ~2.5 hours or head to one of the towns to visit some of the famous mountains – which brings me to,
- Head to one of the mountains around the lake for jaw-dropping views – Mt. Rigi and Mt. Pilatus are two of the most famous mountains around Lucerne. Here’s my detailed guide to visiting Mt. Rigi.
Which of the Swiss lakes is your favourite? Which one do you feel deserves a place on this list? Comment below and let me know.
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