Lake Geneva. Lake in Switzerland, Europe

Lake Geneva

Lake in Switzerland, Europe

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Lake Geneva

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	- Le lac Léman et les Alpes / Geneva lake and the Alps - Lake Geneva
Lavaux - Le lac Léman et les Alpes / Geneva lake and the Alps - Lake Geneva. Photo by Gustave Deghilage
Lake Geneva, also known as ‘Lac Leman’, is probably by far the best attraction in Geneva. One of the largest lakes in Europe, it is controlled both by Switzerland and France. The Tour Du Lac, a rowing regatta takes place every year on the lake, starting in Geneva with participants completing a full round of the lake. The race is one of the longest in the world and can take well over 12 hours to complete, with previous winners completing it in just under 12 hours. In recent years, for safety reasons, each rowing boat is accompanied by a motorboat.

Boat tours of the lake are a great way to appreciate Europe’s largest body of water, from a different perspective. Tours run both around the lake and across the lake from Switzerland to France. Swissboat is one of the best companies if you are interested in a cruise around the lake. There two most popular cruises are ‘Cruise of the Mermaid’, and ‘Cruise of the Castles’. Both take around two hours, with the former focusing on landmarks and the later focusing on architecture and the incredible lakeside houses. Cruise of the Mermaid is free if you have a Geneva Pass, and 15 CHF if not. Cruise of the Castles is more expensive at 35 CHF. For both cruises head to Quai du Mont-Blanc in the city center.

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Lake Geneva - Lake Geneva. Photo by Kosala Bandara
In the summer, waterskiing, sailing, and windsurfing are all possible on the lake as well as swimming. Lake Geneva offers 116 public beaches, many of which are free. Those that do charge most likely have changing facilities, restaurants and swimming pools. It is best to go between June and September, when the weather and water will be warmest. For waterskiing, and windsurfing head to the Ski Nautique Club in Ouchy, a half an hour drive from Geneva. As a water sports club that is open to the public they have all the necessary equipment and instructors, and you are able to rent boats as well as take lessons.

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Author: Convergence. Last updated: Apr 07, 2015


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