Category Archives: Lakes

Greifensee Lake and Peace

I already said that I love lakes of Switzerland, didn’t I?
I had the chance to see another one of them: the Greifensee.
It is a small lake surrounded by the trees, just east of Zurich.
Unlike other Swiss lakes, it has few to no buildings on its coast. In fact, Greifensee Lake is a nature conservancy area. Apart from the coast in front of the village with the same name, the rest of its shore is under environment protection and building of any kind is prohibited.

Therefore it is possible to just walk on a narrow, unpaved country road, enter a small forested area, and while walking amongst trees, suddendly find the lake in front of you, as it happened to us.
Do that on a quiet, wind-free day, and it will be a very peacefully feeling.
Water surface was completely flat, and we seated next to a tree that stretched its brances to the lake, while dipping our feet into the water.
The lake is narrow – its width being only a mile – and we could easily see the green hills on the other side. If you’d climb those hills, from the top you would see Lake Zurich on the other side.
Greifensee Lake hosts a variety of flora and fauna. Some species of migratory birds are present here.
A good place to come back again in the near future.

Lake Lucerne in bad weather

One of the reasons I love Switzerland for is that it has got so many wonderful lakes surrounded by green mountains. The one I like most is Lake Lucerne.

If you are going to drive from Zurich southwards, towards the Alps and Canton Ticino, you’re going to drive for about 10 miles along the coast of this wonderful lake, made of an erratic shape and surrounded by majestic mountains diving almost vertically into its crystal waters.

As a psychologically meteoropathic person I largely favor sunny, bright days, and that is also true when I look at Lake Lucerne: I prefer to see it on beautiful days, with the sun reflecting on the surface.

The other day, however, weather scenario was completely different. Nonetheless, quite an amazing view under those circumstances either:

Lake Lucerne is named after the Swiss town with the same name. Its name in German is a long word (“Vierwaldstättersee”, which makes my colleagues smile when I try to pronounce it) that translates as: “Lake of the four forested cantons” (You know, German language tends to be very explicative).

They say: “There is no place like home”. Well, I’ve been lucky enough to move to such a beautiful country, so that homesickness is mitigated.

Here’s the route I am talking about:



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