Three Swiss Lakes Which are Stunning in Autumn!
Blausee, Lake Palpuogna and Klöntalersee
Did you know that Switzerland is home to over 1500 lakes? So knowing which ones to visit and when can be a hard choice as there are so many beautiful ones. However, when it comes to Autumn I have 3 favourites which I would love to share with you! They are each quite different, but in my opinion the golden tones of Autumn turn them into must visit locations!
Blausee near Bern
Blausee Near Bern
Lake Palpuogna Near Stoos
Surrounded by fir trees the views here are absolutely stunning. To reach the lake you do have to hike a little bit from Preda – see the details below.
Lake Palpuogna Near Stoos
Start point: Preda
Klöntalersee Near Glarus
Where: Glarus, Eastern Switzerland
Address: Klöntalerstrasse 36, 8750, Switzerland
GPS: 47.033115, 9.006593
Hiking Paths: For a variety of hiking trails see here
How to Get There
By Car: From Chur, take exit 44 towards Glarus and follow the signs to Klöntal and to Klöntalersee. There is parking along the lake and at the far end there is a car park (close to the bus stop).
By Train: Go to Glarus, then the the Postauto 504 bus in the direction of Klöntal Rhodannenberg or Klöntal Platz. The bus only runs once an hour and not at all at 11:53 and 1:53 check www.sbb.ch before you set out.
Some Interesting Facts about Swiss Lakes
Lakes and rivers account for approximately 4% of Switzerland’s surface area and the country provides roughly 6% of Europe’s freshwater reserves.
Switzerland’s Largest Lakes
Switzerland’s largest lakes are Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Biel in the Jura region. These are followed by Lake Constance and Lake Zurich on the plateau, then Lakes Thun, Brienz, Zug and Lucerne in the Lower and Northern Alps, and Lakes Lugano and Maggiore in the Southern Alps.
Lake Geneva, is the largest freshwater lake in central Europe and is shared by France and Switzerland. The largest lake in Switzerland totally within Swiss borders is Lake Neuchâtel at 218km2.
In addition there are hundreds and hundreds of small natural lakes and reservoirs all over the country, with a large proportion in the Alps.
Most Swiss Lakes Were Glaciers
Most Swiss lakes were once glaciers which were formed during the last Ice Age. The Rhone, Rhine and Inn all take their source in Switzerland. Their waters flow into three seas: the Mediterranean, the North Sea and the Black Sea (via the Danube). A total of 375km of the River Rhine runs through Switzerland, while the Rhone runs over 264km and the Inn 90km.
Let us know in the comments below which are your favourite lakes and why?
The majority of these photos were taken by Carmen Sirboiu. Carmen is based in Zurich and offers a range of photographic shoots from her studio and also in outside locations. She specialises in Family Portrait and Pet photography. Please contact Carmen here via her website.
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