Every year, Zürich finds itself in the top 3 of most liveable cities in the world, and that is partially because of this huge body of water on its doorstep. The Limmat River runs through the city and is fed by Lake Zürich, which stretches from Bellevue in the city centre to the picturesque village of Rapperswil. The lake emerged in the last ice age as a glacier, but is now a blue inland sea that everybody can enjoy.
Lake Zürich is 40 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide. Picturesque villages and cities with medieval houses and old-fashioned hotels surround the blue water. The mountains of Felsenegg and Pfannenstiel, 800 metres high on both sides of the lake, offer a welcome reprieve from city life and a chance to breathe in the clean mountain air. The lake itself also offers plenty of attractions, from urban beaches to boat tours. There are many ways to relax on or near Lake Zürich.