Lake Zürich

Hint: This bird’s eye view map of Lake Zurich is available on our online shop.

Some Information about the Lake

Lake Zürich or Zürichsee, lies to the South East of the city of Zürich. It is crossed at its narrowest point by the Seedamm – a partly artificial causeway and bridge which carries a road and railway line from Pfäffikon to Rapperswil. The part of the lake to the east of the Seedamm is referred to as the Obersee or Upper Lake.

Lake Zürich has 2 lake islands. The larger island Ufenau is visited by our boats. The smaller island Lützelau however, cannot be reached by our fleet due to the shallowness of the waters around it.


Boat trips on lake Zürich

We believe that boating on Lake Zürich has been practiced for as long as the lake side has been settled, which is believed to occurred around 4000 BC.

During the early Middle Ages the waterway became an increasingly important international trade route.  Goods were shipped in the direction of Lake Walen and the mountain passes. Following the extension of the Gotthard Pass a route from Zürich to Horgen was opened.  

The transported goods consisted primarily of semi-processed metals and textiles, and occasionally salt and wine.

Additionally, the waterway was used frequently by pilgrims on their way to Einsiedeln, as well as by local traders on their way to the market in Zurich.

  • Location: Southeast of Zürich in the cantons of Zürich, Schwyz and St. Gallen
  • Shoreline: 87.6 km
  • Distance between Zurich and Rapperswil: 28 km
  • Distance between Rapperswil and Schmerikon: 14 km
  • Total area: 88.66 km2
  • Widest point between Stäfa and Richterswil: 3.85 km
  • Deepest point between Herrliberg and Oberrieden: 136 m
  • Inflow: Linth (Linth Canal)
  • Outflow: Limmat
  • Average water level: 405.95 meters above sea level
  • Highest water level (measured in 1876): 407.48 meters above sea level
  • Last freeze: 1962/63

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