Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

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The Best Swiss Lakes

Photo by Marcel.c (Wikimedia Commons)Lake Biel Photo by Marcel.c (Wikimedia Commons)

It’s pretty obvious that beaches in Switzerland are going to be the lake variety, but you may be surprised to know that some are just the same in appearance to the seaside beaches, with long sandy stretches of white sand, beach umbrellas and ice-cream salesmen.  Some of the areas also have some very good beachside campsites which are small, but will have everything you need, and of course, as with everything Swiss beaches are clean, well groomed and beautiful.

If you have a campervan hire or motorhome rental here’s a few of the best lake beaches in the country divided into areas.

Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein
Kreuzlingen Strandbad Hörnli – A lakeside swimming area with waterslides and areas of grass for sunbathing.  There’s an entry fee here.

Baesi is close to Weesen, this is a well kept secret: no crowds; little sandy bays and a very good campsite under the pine trees.

Lake Geneva Region
Plage d'Avenches- is a fine white sandy beach just like you’d find on the coast.  The water is perfect for swimmers; there are water sports available too.  

Plage Salavaux at Murtensee is another of the beaches in the Lake Geneva area with a fine flat sandy beach reaching over one Km

Pointe D'Yvonand on Lac de Neuchâtel is 200 metres of gently sloping shoreline with sandy bays backed by pine trees and an excellent campsite.

Schweizer Mittelland
Strandkurve is where you will find Erlach Beach on Lake Biel.  The beach is course sand with a grassy sunbathing areas and trees for those who like some shade.

Fribourg Region
Nouvelle lakeshore of Estavayer le Lac and Lac de Neuchâtel is a popular area with tourists.  There’s a campsite, restaurants and beach bar as well as a water ski lift.

Central Switzerland
Lakeside Lido at Lake Lucerne is a beach of 300 meters; fine, sandy beach with some wonderful views, there is a fee payable for this beach.

Lakeside Lido di Lugano is a Swiss/Italian style beach with palm trees and acres of sandy beach.  Perfect, but you have to pay a fee to enter.

Bernese Oberland
Strandbad Thun is a quiet and unspoilt lakeside swimming area, perfect if you enjoy peace and quiet.

Zurich Region
Strandbad Zug is a lakeside area with lidos and grass banks, a busier option and popular with the locals.

Mythenquai Lakeside Swimming Area on Lake Zurich offers a 5-metre diving tower as well as a 250 metre long, narrow sandy beach.   There is an entrance fee for this beach

For visitors travelling with a campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicle Switzerland’s lake beaches are a great place to relax and spend some time and many of them also have some excellent facilities if you want to spend a night or two.

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