Das Wasserschloss von Europa – die Schweizer Gewässer - NIKIN EU

The moated castle of Europe – the Swiss waters

The last few weeks in particular have shown what power water carries - especially when it overflows its banks. Switzerland is one of the most water-rich areas in the world and therefore offers a large number of beautiful lakes.

The last few weeks in particular have shown what power water carries - especially when it overflows its banks. Switzerland is one of the most water-rich areas in the world and therefore offers a large number of beautiful lakes.

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Switzerland - true to the country's image - is often associated with banks, chocolate, watches and mountains. The diverse streams, rivers and lakes shape the country at least as much as the mountains that are always within reach. On the southern edge of the Jura chains (northwest-northeast course), the Aargau towns of Brugg, Windisch, Gibstorf, Turgi, Stilli and Untersiggenthal form a veritable triangle - the three largest Swiss Alpine rivers Limmat and Aare come together here and Reuss. This is why this area is considered the “water castle of Switzerland”. Hundreds of smaller and larger rivers meander through the various regions of Switzerland and ensure a large number of lakes and a healthy water balance.

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Swiss lakes and their origins

Most of the lakes in Switzerland are of natural origin. They are often fed by the meltwater of glaciers and owe this to their intense, blue-green color, which makes the mountain lakes in particular look like a piece of heaven in the middle of the landscape. Other lakes use existing basins that are filled and continually fed by rivers. In Switzerland, they also ultimately get a lot of water from the glaciers – or from snowmelt. The largest lakes, such as Lake Geneva and Lake Zurich, have such an origin. For water quality, it is important that a river crosses the lake it feeds - where there is only an inflow and no outflow, the water gradually becomes salinized over the course of thousands of years.

Lakes create habitats

Lakes in Switzerland are not only important reservoirs for clear, high-quality fresh water. They regulate the ground and surface water levels and provide specific biotopes for animals and plants in their surroundings. Aquatic plants, fish, water birds and insects thrive in the lake itself, but mammals also find resting and hunting grounds in the reeds on the lake shore. Transition zones, also known as wetlands, form at the edge of lakes. This is where land and water meet and with them amphibious creatures and plants. For all of them, a lake is more than just a source of water to quench their thirst - the entire rhythm of life of the living creatures in and around the lake is based on the water.

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This is what makes lakes so important for nature and people - not to mention the fact that we humans find spending time near the water soothing and soothing. That's why many lakes in Switzerland are already protected, and people around the world would like to see even more water areas enjoy consistent protection requirements. Because the resource water is finite, precious and essential for life on earth.

The most famous lakes in Switzerland

Everyone who travels to Switzerland knows Lake Zurich - the lake is not only a symbol of the city, but also a local recreational oasis for the people of Zurich, who use its shores in summer and winter to stroll, swim or sunbathe. Lake Geneva, which is shared by France and Switzerland, is similarly famous. It is the largest inland body of water in both countries. Typical of Lake Geneva is the crescent-shaped silhouette and the panorama of the lake shores, which combines the Alps in the background with the vineyards in the foreground.

But Lake Lucerne near Lucerne is also a popular travel destination not only for Swiss people, because here you can enjoy wild, romantic nature with real fjords that cannot be found on Lake Geneva or Lake Zurich. The surrounding mountains slope steeply down to the lake, and typical Swiss villages in five cantons invite you to linger on the banks.

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Among the smaller lakes there are actually many glacial lakes whose water is breathtakingly cold all year round. However, the view is at least as breathtaking when you see Blausee, Caumasee or Lac Lioson in front of you for the first time. In fact, there are numerous hiking tours that are particularly reserved for the rivers and lakes of Switzerland.

Leisure time at the lake in Switzerland

There is a lot to experience on and in the water. Silent mountain lakes, on whose banks you can camp, never let go of the viewer. You can also swim in the larger inland waters of Switzerland in summer, and the entire “nautical” leisure offer is available close to the city. This ranges from beach volleyball to pedalos and stand-up paddles to sleek yachts anchored off Geneva and Zurich. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can rent a rowing boat to discover one of Switzerland's many lakes - or go kayaking on the country's torrents.

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