Best Swiss Fishing Resorts

Switzerland’s top fishing destinations in 2016 and 2017.

Weggis

Pot the ‘Elephant stone’, 46km hiking trails, Lovel...

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Vitznau

Ry tandem paragliding, Visit the Swiss Army Fortress...

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Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Wilderswil

Uieter alternative to Interlaken, 13th century Unspu...

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Walking

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Interlaken

Ater sports on the lakes, Amazing views from the Two...

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Road cycling

Zermatt

Ver thirty 4000m peaks within reach, Summer skiing o...

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Merligen

Ater sports on Lake Thun, Golf & mini golf, Amazing v...

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Walking

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Road cycling

Locarno

Antastic parks and gardens, Swim at Lido Locarno, Boa...

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Walking

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Road cycling

Lugano

La freccia rossa’ tourist train, Visit Lake Como & ...

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Walking

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Kandersteg

Andersteg-Allmenalp via ferrata, Summer toboggan run...

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Davos

Etting zoos & campfire spots for families, Adventure...

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Switzerland’s abundance of remarkable lakes and waterways makes it a fantastic destination for anglers. Have a look at our top ten fishing resorts for the best spots to make that showpiece catch – whether it’s a largemouth bass in Lake Maggiore or an elusive Wels catfish around Zermatt. The Matterhorn’s mountain lakes are a great place for fly fishing enthusiasts – there are loads of local guides who lead excursions to best spots and offer useful advice.

You’ll find species of trout and char almost everywhere and pike, perch and whitefish in a lot of places too. There are 460 lakes close to Davos in the Grisons area, and plenty of streams heaving with graylings. Permits are essential – you can get them from local tourist offices - and are largely inexpensive. Each canton has a different set of rules which are worth looking up before you go. There are usually places to hire equipment too; so casting your hook has never been easier. Stay at Vitznau or Weggis to fish Lake Lucerne, where you don’t usually need a permit at all.

Holidays in the ten best Swiss fishing resorts

Mark Twain called Weggis the ‘loveliest place’ he’d visited... and we’re inclined to agree. Known as the ‘Riviera of Central Switzerland’ and with a type of rose named after it, this is a seriously pretty village on the shores of lovely Lake Lucerne. If you’re not relaxing with a glass of Eggisbühler as you listen to one of the daily concerts, go for a scenic walk, hike or bike ride; the climate causes the area to bloom with hundreds of species of flowers throughout the summer. Take the old cog railway up the Rigi for cracking views of lakes and mountains and get a boat across the lake for a sight of the Rigi itself, which looms over the town.

Three things you can’t visit Vitznau without doing: 1) Get a boat out onto the lake to fully appreciate its location; facing Lake Lucerne with the Rigi Mountain towering behind, this place really is spectacular. 2) Take the cog railway (which happened to be the first of its kind in Europe) to the top of Rigi, for a 360° panorama of mountains and lakes stretching over to Germany and France. 3) Spend the evening by the lakeside – the sunset here is frankly spectacular. It’s not all about the sights though, the Rigi has some terrific walking routes and there are some lovely bike paths along and overlooking the lake. The region is officially labelled a ‘Wellness Destination’ by the Swiss Tourism Federation, so if you need to escape for some R&R, you’ve come to the right place.

With easy access to Bernese Oberland’s massive array of activities and attractions, this lovely old village is spot on if you’re after a convenient base that’s far from the madding crowd. Not only are you at the entrance to the Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald valleys, formed by the Lutschine River, you’re also only a few miles from the popular town of Interlaken. Use the rack and cog railways to reach the surrounding villages, lakes and mountains but don’t forget to explore closer to home – Wilderswil’s Pièce de résistance is the Schynige Platte Bahn, which takes you to some terrific walks, restaurants and vantage points.

The clue’s in the name with Interlaken: it’s situated between two fabulous lakes, the Thun and the Brienz. As well as being easy on the eye, the waters open up a multitude of activities like windsurfing, water-skiing and fishing. Looming overhead you can’t miss the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks – home to some wonderful hiking routes. The famous ‘Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe’ train is a brilliant way to see over the Alps and inside the glacier. Back at base the vibe is chilled out and cheerful – party with the backpackers or explore the restaurants around town.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more iconic mountain than the Matterhorn or a more typically Swiss town than Zermatt. Prepare to be enchanted on seriously scenic hikes, bike rides and mountain climbs and enjoy the finer things in life in the posh bars and restaurants. Look carefully and you’ll discover little Alpine chapels and Alpine lakes dotted around on the 400km of hiking trails, including glacier routes. To enjoy the sights without the legwork, take the half hour train ride to Gornergrat.

If your idea of a summer break involves rest, relaxation and gobsmacking views, you’ve hit the nail on the head here: on the banks of the Thun Lake and at the base of the Niederhorn, this peaceful village has a healthy combination of all three. Fighting the sights of the Bernese Alps for the title of ‘Merligen’s best feature’ is the weather, which is hot enough to rival the Med.

With the warmest weather in Switzerland, Locarno is a brilliant blend of Italian and Swiss on the tip of the legendary Lago Maggiore. If you’re not too caught up indulging in La Dolce Vita, have a go at sailing or set off on one of the fantastic local walks. The town hosts its international film festival every summer (famed for the outdoor viewing experience in the Piazza Grande) and it’s always worth visiting the church of Madonna del Sasso up in Orselina – if only for the sights of the lake and town.

On the top edge of Lake Lugano and 8km from the Italian border, Lugano is often called the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland’ which gives you a taste of the town. The San Salvatore and Sighignola mountains provide plenty of scope for hiking and the area also has some of Switzerland’s best MTB thanks to the bike park at Tomaro. Zip-lining is also super fun if you have a need for speed... The pace isn’t always set at full throttle – wander down the promenade or around the Piazza Bernardino Luini. The Renaissance fresco at the Madonna degli Angioli church is probably the best known of its kind in Switzerland.

On the banks of the Kander river and framed by colossal Alpine peaks, Kandersteg is small, friendly and utterly ‘Swiss’. While the pace of life in the village is lovely and leisurely, things really heat up when you reach the mountains – this is a seriously good area for hiking and mountain biking. We love the downhill free-trail, which is packed full of berms and jumps and the area has plenty more for the to-do list including a rope park, swimming pool and summer toboggan run.

Famously the highest town in the Alps as well as one of the ‘classic’ mountain destinations, Davos is the bigger and livelier of the Graubünden resorts. The area is a sight to see in the summer; all sun-drenched gorges, flowering valleys and towering peaks. Hiking is huge here (there are 700km of footpaths in the surrounding area) and you can also enjoy the views by cycling, paragliding or just doing backstroke - there’s nothing like a swim in the Davos Lake. For something different but well worth doing, take a tour around Monstein, the highest brewery in Europe.


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