The lake is certainly one of the highlights and a walk along the shores is a must if yo're in Zurich, whatever the season. Start for example at Bellevue and walk along the promenade towards Zurichhom. After a few hundred metres a park with trees and a lawn fills the expanse between the lake and the street.
The huge Blatterwiese, also known as Chinawiese because the Chinese garden is just next to it, is popular for relaxing, sunbathing or playing sports. There is also a playground for kids. Continuing you get to Zurichhom, a small delta with some lakeside restaurants and later still to the railway station. Tiefenbrunnen where you can hop on a tram (or train) back to Bellevue.
The western shore of the lake is a bit less popular though just as nice for a walk .Start at the Arboretum and walk along the shore passing Enge port, the cactuses of Sukkulentensammlung, and the Mythenquai until you reach the Landweise, a large field where many cultural events take place. If you go just a little further, you canenjoy a beer in the restaurant of the offstream cultural centre Rote Fabrik, red factory, marked by the red brick factory chimney.
Lake Zurich Cruises
(Lake Zurich navigation Company ZSG)
The Lake Zurich Navigaton Company operates ships on Lake Zurich and the river Limmat. If you just want ten minutes of captains' uniforms and brass foghorns, the routes Burkliplatz - Wollishofen and burkliplatz - Zurichhom are included in any public transport ticket covering zone 110,if that's not enough for you, go the whole hog with a roundtrip. There are different cruises all year round. they all start from the port at
Burkliplatz close to Bellevue several times a day.
The short cruise (90 minutes) starts in winter daily at 12.40 and 14.10 (more often on weekends)
The 4 hour one daily at 13.30.
Tickets and timetables are available at the port.
E-5, Burkliplatz Tel: +41 44 487 13 33 www.zsg.ch.
Tickets for roundtrips ....fr, children half price
discount with zurich public transport cards