1. Public Transit at Its Best
For just 8.60 CHF, I got a 90 minute cruise on the lake. This is certainly public transport at its best. The ride was comfortable and scenic. I could have taken a private cruise but why spend much more for essentially the same ride?
SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Looking for other ways to spend a day in Zurich using public transportation? Read about ideas for exploring Zurich with a ZVV day pass.
2. City Views
The small circuit of the Zurich See featured some lovely views of the iconic spires over Zurich's old town. Gorgeous!
It was a calm and sunny day and people were out in force in their sailboats. I enjoyed watching the vessels cut through the placid water of the crystal clear lake.
4. Plenty of Parking
The houses all along the lake featured a different kind of garage. Instead of car parking, these often picturesque buildings were for boats. I particularly loved this half-timbered specimen.
5. A Different Kind of Bus Stop
We made a number of stops along the way. Instead of waiting under a shelter for a bus, passengers walked out onto the pier to catch the public boat.
6. Church Spires
Quaint church spires dotted the landscape throughout our tour and lent a tranquil atmosphere to the ride.
7. Lakeside Homes Covered in Moss
As you can imagine, many of the houses fronting Zurich See are quite posh. I particularly liked this one home with a well manicured garden that seemed to extend onto the facade of the house itself.
SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Zurich is not the only place in the world with a scenic ferry. If you find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States, take the ferry to Alameda and enjoy some amazing views of the San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge on the way.
8. Fun for All Ages
When I visited, all the locals seemed to be gearing up for summer. Zurich See seems to be fun for all ages with all kinds of fun slides depositing eager children into the water.
9. Birds of Prey
Looking up above, I spotted a number of birds of prey circling our boat. This reminded me that while Zurich See is indeed an area of exceptional natural beauty it is also great habitat for wildlife.
10. Placid crystal clear waters
I must say that I prefer lake and river cruises to ocean sailing. The water was extremely calm and thus no concerns about sea sickness.