Switzerland » Lake of Zurich / Zürichsee | Switzerland
Starts in the center of Zurich and ends in the foothills of the Alps..
Lake of Zurich / Zürichsee | Switzerland: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||42 km|
|Degree of difficulty:||Demanding|
|Requirements:||Boating license essential|
|Character of waterway:||with urban surroundings, for sporty people|
|Profile of waterway:||Used by tourists only|
Waterway has access to:Limmat | River ofSwitzerland
Walensee & Linthkanal | Lakes and Canals of Switzerland
The lake is surrounded by the cantons of Zurich, Schwyz and St. Gallen. On summer weekends the lake is almost crowded; a bit over 10% of the 107’000 matriculated boats and ships of Switzerland lay on or beside the lake of Zurich.
Places along the Lake:
Zürich / Zollikon / Küsnacht / Herrliberg / Meilen / Männedorf / Stäfa / Uerikon / Rapperswil / Schmerikon / Nuolen / Lachen / Altendorf / Wollerau / Richterswil / Wädenswil / Horgen / Oberrieden / Thalwil / Rüschlikon / Wollishofen
is with a length of 6 km and a width of 1.6 km the second lake in size in the canton of Zurich. It is a very popular place for excursions in the urban agglomeration northeast of Zurich.
The Shipping association of Greifensee
has its own fleet of 4 ships. The newest of 2006 is MS David Herrliberg. The oldest steamship of Switzerland; the “Greif” also belongs to them.
restoring the original steam-engine, Greif is now in the condition of 1895. The
second “maiden voyage” took place on 3./4. of September 1988. The steamship
belongs to a trust, taking care of
operating it. Leasing is managed by the Shipping Association Greifensee.
The steamship Greif offers seats for 22 passengers and is adequate for aperitif only. It has no sanitary installations.
It might be impudent to call a puddle with just a length of 1.6 km and a width of 500 m a lake...
Its popularity might have to do with the fact that people of the city of Zurich get the impression to be in a mountain valley, once they have left behind Buchegg and Albis-Pass. Looking at it this way, Türlersee is logically a mountain lake!