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Go Island Hopping in Switzerland

by Debra Bokur

Sep 13, 2023

Ogoz Island © Yulan | Dreamstime.com


Soaring, snow-covered peaks, sure … but Swiss islands? Turns out this gloriously beautiful, landlocked country has plenty of islands rising from the surface of sparkling lakes and rivers. Explore this autumn and enjoy the crisp alpine air, vibrant leaf colors and the best of the fall harvest showcased in delicious local cuisine. Here are three islands to consider:

St. Peter’s Island

St. Peter’s Island lies in the middle of Lake Biel in the canton of Bern. Its idyllic landscape was once enjoyed by long-ago Roman explorers and Middle Ages nobility. Today it’s a sought-after destination for hiking, walking, cycling and mountain biking. Reach it on foot via the Heidenweg path from the town of Erlach, by boat from La Neuveville, Ligerz or via the Zihl Canal from Neuchâtel.

Ogoz Island

In Lake Gruyère the ruins of an ancient castle rise above the greenery of Ogoz Island. Access the island by boat to wander among the remains of the historic stone structure. Located in the Fribourg region and noted as one of Switzerland’s loveliest spots, Ogoz Island provides views of Gibloux mountain in the west and the Fribourg Pre-Alps in the east. Enjoy the tranquility, then explore nearby sights such as the winter sports resort of La Berra, the chocolate factory in the village of Broc and the castle in Gruyères.

Schwanau Island

A ferry runs to and from Schwanau Island in Lake Lauerz, positioned between the peaks of the Rigi and the Grosser and Kleiner Mythen mountains in Schwyz canton. You’ll find another castle here along with the Chapel of St. John. Guided walking tours are available, or you can explore at your leisure. Be sure to work up an appetite: The island is also home to the rustic Insel-Restaurant Schwanau, specializing in regional favorites. The menu offers lunch and dinner, but you can always stop in for afternoon coffee and cake.


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