Lake Zürich, Zürich

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    Quaibrücke - walk with me
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    Ship at pier Schifflände 6
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    Short or longer boat trips

    by barbskie Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    Cruising at the lake is such a pleasant way to relax and enjoy the day. Take the longer trip until Rapperswil. Have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or any refreshments aboard. Lean on and let yourself be spoiled of the beautiful sights of the surrounding areas.

    Lake Zuerich(Ferry)
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    Lake

    by Subria Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    The parks and meadows on the lakeside are the best place to relax in Zurich. In summer a lot of people are there for sunbathing, swimming or eating. My favourite places are the Zurichhorn or the meadows in front of the Rentenanstalt. You can just walk around the lake and maybe combine it with a visit to the chinese garden or a boat trip. It is also possible to rent pedalos and in July/August there is an Open air cinema.

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    Zurich Lake

    by Applelyn Updated Jun 13, 2006

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    Taking a boat ride round the Lake is a joy. You can see houses packed on the mountains, swans and ducks wadding playfully, sailboats crusing with the breeze and sea birds swooping into the waters for their prey. As the boat docks at each jetty, you can see children playing at the little parks along the banks. Buy a Zurich card for 15CHF and you can take the boat ride free. You can take all the trams, trains and buses.

    Sailboat crusing leisurely Houses on the slopes Moving Forward A playground near a beach
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    Lake Cruise

    by Subria Written Feb 9, 2006

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    When you visit Zurich in summer time you should take a lake cruise. There are departures half-hourly from Buerkliplatz at the end of the Bahnhofstrasse and there are cruises between 1,5 and 5 hours. In addition to the motorboats there are two paddle-steamers, but they are only in service when the weather is nice. If you have a daypass for the public transport you have to buy an additional ticket. There are also boat departures in winter, but only twice a day.

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    Boat cruises on Lake Zurich or Limmat River

    by Dabs Updated Sep 5, 2007

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    Had we stayed in Zurich longer we probably would have gone on one of the boat tours on Lake Zurich as a boat cruise sounded like an excellent way to see the city from the water and also for a nice view of the surrounding mountains and shoreline.

    Lake Zurich is quite a bit smaller than Lake Geneva so you can do a tour of the whole lake in about 4 hours round trip. Or there are plenty of shorter cruises that take 1 1/2 hours or a 55 minute cruise along the Limmat River.

    See the attached website for more information.

    Lake Zurich Limmat River

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    some birdwatching sites in city

    by picek Updated Feb 16, 2011

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    Finally, there are more than enough birds for the eyes to rest, too. Located on strategically important points (for them: where they get crumbs since they got used to people feeding them) in centre by the lakeshore (near Bellvue along the quay) they will certainly harvest attention and be recorded on many pictures around the world.
    Well, this wildlife here is humble and winters are harsh, and it makes pleasant temporary occupation to watch them... or feed them. But let it be good crumbs, not molded. Kids as well as adults come to these spots to contemplate with birds and as long as there is food, photo session with them is guaranteed.

    Gulls, ducks, pigeon, liska (sorry I dunno their english name), swans compete with eachother and it seems gulls are the winner in the contest, the fastest. Slowliest are ducks and liskas, so I tried hard to throw in their direction but it's very difficult to beat those speedy and cunning gulls who catch the food also during flight and fight agressively with eachother. One more thing about gulls: they seem to like to use swan's back as a transportation 'island'. Clever they are all.

    white covered grass and freezing gulls panoramic landing anything you want, bird law and order in Zurich fences handy transport option for a gull
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    places for ideal sunbath by Zurichsee

    by picek Updated Feb 16, 2011

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    Spacious lawns, shade of the trees in groups, or individual ones by the lake at the spot called Blatterwiese, near Chinese garden, Le Corbusier museum and facing lake panorama - that makes this area one of the most attractive settings in cosmopolitan Zurich and can be easily done on a comfortable and scenic hike from centre (well, it is still centre here if you look on the map).

    I immagine it's liveliest in summer, but it wasn't deserted on a grey winter day either - simply, this kind of place has its regulars and its not to be missed by visitors as well. We spotted several dogs walking (with their owners) and few kids were up climbing in the playground - the playgroung itself is very good done and could be model for other such grounds, but let the trees grow a bit higher for more shadow. Few people were doing sports and most were just promenading.

    And then you go on, towards Zurichhorn near, a little further, see sculptures, get close to water, maybe fall by slippery stone (it happens so be carful when you test close touch with water in winter), take a coffee break somewhere (maybe in casino?), see secluded pond where you can try jumping from one post to another or just continue along the shore with many exchanging lovely views. It is really one of those magic places in city for which you're decided to re-visit in another season.

    winter now, but it will be better grounds for kids to get sandy feet shade not needed today at the water edge - slippery slope!
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    some good mushrooms at the beach

    by picek Written Feb 17, 2011

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    The photo here is of the entry to the beach, Strandbad in Tiefenbrunnen which we saw after we walked from Zurichhorn towards the train station in the district. The reason why I took this (bad and blurry, because it was near dark) photo is in a simple and symphatic, creative design of the entry gates - one more manifestition of how creative grounds there are for designers in Zurich. A non-conventional expressions of art in public areas are always related with state of open society, as well as with fortune they deal with and are ready to spend for the public. Very good.
    The gates remind me to mushrooms, but they can be also related to umbrellas I guess.

    vamos a la playa!
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    Ganymede

    by littlesam1 Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    This statue of Ganymede from Greek mythology is found on a walkway by Lake Zurich. We found this quite by accident. We had a guide map from the tourist office. On the map was little dot down by the lake with no description. For some reason we became curious about the mark on the map and decided to track it down. Much to our surprise we found this wonderful statue of Ganymede overlooking Lake Zurich.

    Ganymede

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    Swimming in the lake

    by davesut Updated Oct 31, 2008

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    Go for a swim. There are a number of Lido style places to enjoy bathing in the lake. This one is called Mannendorf and is on the North bank, approx 1/2 hour from Zurich centre. I really liked this place as it has really well manicured grass, paddling pool in shared for young 'uns, ping-pong, beach volleyball, protected area where you can use inflatables and the lake itself with a few diving platforms. One warning, don't bother getting there too early as the staff will not have had the chance to clean the diving areas of the bird poo. Entrance fee here is very reasonable -about 2 GBP.

    I much prefer swimming in lakes than the sea, warmer, no current, no seaweed and it tastes better.

    Swim here This is it

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    LAKE CRUISE

    by mel_bee Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    I couldn't resist getting out onto the lake and so I opted for a short boat cruise of one and a half hours (enought time to get sunburnt!) The cruise does a circuit and goes in a different direction each time. I chose the anti-clockwise direction which meant I could get off at the park and walk alongside the lakeside back into town. There are so many variations of boat cruise to chose from but the ticket salespeople at the harbour are friendly and helpful.

    Getting sunburnt on the boat

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    Zürichhorn

    by Bigs Written Aug 30, 2003

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    Take a stroll along the lake on a sunny day....After a few kilometers you will reach the Zürichhorn. In summertime it´s a popular spot for swimming in the lake... You only have to watch your belongings here a bit, cause in the park around some drug addicts hang around. It´s not really dangerous though.
    It´s quite crowded on hot afternoons..... The lake is very refreshing and got cristal clear water.....WONDERFUL!

    There are many locations around the city, where you can take a free bath....great!

    Lake Z��rich

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    On it, in it, above it - you're spoilt for choice!

    by leffe3 Written Jul 28, 2011

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    One of the key attractions to Zurich is the lake, sweeping as it does from the city 'boomerang' shape for 40 kms to the dam at Rapperswil (the lake continues beyond the dam but it becomes known as the Obersee).

    It's something of a sliver of a lake - at its widest its still only 3kms - and, close as it is to Zurich, built up along its shorelines. The further southeast you go, the more mountainous a backdrop you get.

    Trains connect both shorelines with Zurich Hauptbahnhof, so it's straightforward to move up and down the lake.

    Public baths and beaches abound - the closest to Zurich being just beyond the Quaibrucke on the eastern shoreline.

    But cruising on the lake is the big attraction for tourists and just about every taste is catered for - from short scenic trips to the 2 hour Grosse Rundfahrten (Big Round Trip) that goes down to Rapperswil. But there's also breakfast, lunch, sunset, BBQ, jazz, salsa, golden oldies trips and more (although services are reduced during Winter). All leave from Burkliplatz on the western shoreline beyond Quaibrucke.

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    Excellent place for an evening walk

    by pakistanibrain Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    I was in Zurich for a business trip and was done with all my meetings around 6 PM. After that I didn't really know what to do, since I was new to the city. So I just went to the city centre and started to walk around the city.

    After a few minutes I reached Lake Zurich and enjoyed the beautiful view of the Lake from different sides as I was walking around it. A perfect place to spend your evening, when you are in Zurich.

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    Lake Zürich

    by sihi Updated Jul 8, 2012

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    City of Zürich locate on northern bank of lake. Lake Zürich is a main natural attraction and activity site in the city. Northern part of the lake is surrounded by city and southern part by mountains. Different activities for rest are organized on the promenade around lake. There are grounds for sunbathing with places for swimming, ports for jachts and small boats, cafes, WC-s. Lots of toddle boats floating on the lake - buying the ticket you can float on the lake. The lake offers great views on nature - water and mountains (also high Alps) and on old town panorama. Only discomfort thing - uneven stone beaches and lake base - just for people who dont swim on the deep.

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