Fun in the sun is not limited to sandy beaches, a fact that is sometimes forgotten. Of course destinations like the Caribbean and Malta are sublime, but there is something to be said about the shores of a lake. Switzerland actually has about 7,000 lakes within its borders, some of which have become well known for their offerings. These are simply perfect for summer weekend getaways. It’s difficult to say anything other than ‘wow’ about the combination of the ever-present Alps paired with crystal clear, blue water. Take it all in lakeside while heading out any number adventures that the Swiss lakes provide.
Lake Lucerne for recreation
The beautiful, calm waters of Lake Lucerne are perfect for any number of activities. Here you can paddleboard, kayak, scuba dive, canoe, and even windsurf. The city of Lucerne, located a bit west of Bern, is a center for all of this and more, including the chocolate that the Swiss are so famous for as well and shopping and dining. The entire city is centered around the lake, you can walk along the bank for what seems like forever, without getting bored of it.
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Blausee for fishing
For any who enjoy the thrill of catching a prize or simply going for that of ‘catch and release,’ there is Blausee. This lake is small, tucked away in a small valley, making it serene in its seclusion. Blausee is specifically reserved for fly fishing, so you better get your rod and reel ready. There are large populations of both trout and char in the lake, making a prized catch a definite possibility. You can buy licenses to fish for whole or half days or entire weeks. This fisherman’s paradise is perfect for a quiet getaway to one’s favorite pastime.
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Interlaken for extreme water sports
Interlaken has come to be known as an international center for thrill seekers. As this area, south of Bern, has earned its acclaim, the surrounding Thunersee and Brienzersee lakes offer a variety of extreme water sports; it’s almost as if the entire area is dedicated to thrill-seeking. The lakes are perfect for waterskiing and wakeboarding, with opportunities for jumps and slaloming galore. For perhaps the ultimate challenge, take on the “Big Blue Summer” and go paragliding over Lake Thun. The view you get from jumping off the extreme height and letting the wind take you is exhilarating.