10 Gorgeous Swiss Lakes for Kids to Throw Rocks Into

Any outing with my kids immediately improves as soon as they can throw rocks in a body of water. Did you know that Switzerland has 1,484 lakes and more than 12,900 smaller bodies of water? I guess I won’t be able to visit them all, but here are a few of our favorites.

1. Tremorgio

We adore this small mountain lake just south of the Gotthard tunnel. There is a short walk along the lake, big grassy areas for running around, and lots of places to build a fire and have a picnic. There are a couple waterfalls and rivers flowing into the lake, which makes fun places to jump around and throw rocks. We love this place and hope you do too. >>> Read more…

2. Türlersee

Zürich locals love the Türlersee because it’s so close, yet feels so far away out in the countryside. We’ve come for many picnics, done the Geocache trail around the lake, attempted to fish here, and even ice skated on it when it froze over a few years ago. Strangely, we’ve never swam here but friends tell me that its lovely. There’s a playground and cafe at the adjacent campground. Read more…

3. Lai da Palpuogna

This quiet remote spot was once voted the most beautiful lake in Switzerland. You’ll have to visit it to decide for yourself. There is a short path around the lake and lots of fire pits and picnic spots for a relaxing day out with the family. Read more…

4. Klöntalersee

The Klöntalersee is a big alpine lake surrounded by mountains, a lovely place for a picnic and leisurely walk. So we usually just walk along the lake until we find a good spot for a picnic, build a fire, then settle in for an afternoon of rock throwing and perhaps swimming if it’s warm enough. We like this lake in all seasons, but particularly in October when the fall colors are out. Read more…

5. Bachalpsee in Jungfrau Region

The Jungfrau Region is so popular that we were worried that this little lake would be overrun by tourists. But happily the crowds spread out and we almost felt like we were alone, enjoying our picnic in a secret spot. The trail to the lake is not particularly difficult, but it is a little uphill so little legs might tired. However, it is suitable for strollers. We also love the alpine trail down from the lake, but that trail is more difficult and better for older kids. Don’t forget to stop at the fantastic playground at Bort on your way home. Read more…

6. Seealpsee near Appenzell

The Seealpsee is tucked away in an alpine valley below Säntis, but it’s not difficult to access. You can can simply walk up the service road (great for strollers), or you can ride up a cable car and hike down a lovely mountain trail along cliffs and through forests. Either way, the views are fantastic and the lake utterly charming. This lake is a favorite with the locals, so you won’t be alone but there’s plenty of room to spread out. You can rent a row boat and tool around or walk around the lake and settle into a picnic spot and grill up lunch. The kids like that there’s playground at the restaurant and a shallow area for wading in the chilly water. Read more…

7. Oescheninsee

For a short, easy walk with spectacular views, I recommend Oeschinensee, accessed by a cable car from Kandersteg. This is a great choice for anyone, but especially when you have young kids too big to carry and too small to walk very far. The path is easy, short and suitable for strollers. The lake is impressive with its icy blue color and mountain peaks shooting up all around it. There is a sculpture garden on the shores of the lake and a couple of restaurants with lake views. It’s a lovely day out with very little work. Read more…

8. Engstlensee

You can drive or ride the bus almost all the way up to this remote lake. It takes a long time to get there, but it’s a beautiful drive, and the lake seems rather isolated and special. Once you are there, it’s a short, easy walk to the far end of the lake, where we fished, played in the icy stream and picnicked. It’s a beautiful setting, an easy hike, and plenty of room for the kids to safely run around and explore.
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9. Piotta Ritom

After riding up a super steep funicular, you are treated sweeping views over this beautiful lake. There is a lovely rocky alpine trail on one side, but also a wide dirt road on the other side, great for those with strollers. Since this hike is a bit longer than the others mentioned here and uphill, your little ones will probably want to take a break in the stroller now and then. We usually hike as far as the recently rebuilt mountain hut, which serves rustic tasty Ticino classics like stew over polenta, a good reward for hard work. Read more…

10. Riffelsee in Zermatt

As famous and beautiful as this lake is, I’m surprised that not everyone who travels up the Gornergrat railway spends the extra 5 minutes walking down to the Riffelsee. Even in the late July, when Zermatt and all the mountain transport are packed with tourists, this little lake is relatively quiet, even quieter if you walk around it and down the beautiful trail to Riffelalp. You can take loads of pictures while your kids look for tadpoles. Read more…

Don’t see your favorite? Don’t worry! I’ve saved my other favorite lakes for other top 10 lists. In the meantime, you can see all my lake posts here. Also, check out this list of the 103 biggest Swiss lakes.  How many have you seen?

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