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.

FIND BOAT TRIPS IN SWITZERLAND

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Boat trip Lake Lucerne

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

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Thun

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

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Geneva

Explore the largest lake of Switzerland by boat.

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Boat trip Lake Zurich

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

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Gotthard Panorama Express

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

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Boat trip Lake Brienz

Beautiful Lake Brienz is sandwiched between high mountain walls.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Brienz (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Lugano

Enjoy southern Switzerland from the water. A boat trip is a relaxed way to see the green mountains and picturesque villages in the Lake Lugano region.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Maggiore

Explore southern Switzerland and northern Italy by boat. Enjoy the green mountains, palm trees, wonderful villages and pleasant Mediterranean climate.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Basel

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

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The Ticino region in one day

Don't have much time, or looking for an introduction to the Ticino region? This one day trip to Lugano and Locarno makes sure you won't miss the best spots.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by funicular;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    natural site, lake;
    culture, monument;
    city tour;
    scenic trip, by train;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino), Lake Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
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