Scenic boat trips on the Swiss lakes

Scenic boat trips in Switzerland

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I wouldn't prefer one boat trip over the other. Just pick the one closest to your base town. The scenery is great everywhere, and the boats run just as punctual as the trains.

Annika, MySwissAlps

Must knows about boat trips

  • Spontaneous boat trips are no problem at all. Reservations are not required;
  • Most rail passes allow free entrance to the boats.

A large tourist boat approaches Vitznau.


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Gotthard Panorama Express

An impressive train and boat journey across the famous Gotthard route.


Boat trip Lake Geneva

Explore the largest lake of Switzerland by boat.


Boat trip Lake Lucerne

Take a cruise at Lake Lucerne and enjoy the Alps while having lunch or sunbathing.


Boat trip Lake Thun

Enjoy the views while relaxing on the boat on beautiful Lake Thun.

  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)

Boat trip Lake Zurich

Take a short or full day cruise to see Zurich and surroundings from the water.

  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Zurich (Region Zurich)

Boat trip Basel

A boat trip on the Rhine in Basel or to Rheinfelden.


Boat trip Lake Brienz

Beautiful Lake Brienz is sandwiched between high mountain walls.


Geneva city tour by bus, tram, boat and on foot

3.5 hour guided tour along Geneva's famous fountain, the Old Town, the flower clock, and onto the lake during a one hour cruise.

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Lake Geneva boat trip, Chillon Castle, Montreux and Vevey from Lausanne

A wonderful tour to the region called 'Swiss Riviera'! It includes a boat trip from Vevey to Chillon Castle, a visit to the castle and the opportunity to explore the picturesque towns of Vevey and Montreux.

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Classic Round Trip to Mount Rigi & Lucerne from Zurich

The day starts with a bus ride to Weggis, where you board to cable car up to Rigi Kaltbad. Then you'll take the cogwheel train up to the summit of Mount Rigi. Then another train down to Vitznau, and a scenic boat ride to Lucerne. After exploring the town, the bus takes you back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by train;
    scenic trip, by boat;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    scenic trip, by train;
    scenic trip, by bus;
    city tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
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