As a child I loved being close to the water, as an adult my love of the water and being on it and near it has grown and grown. I spent 4 sea turtle nesting seasons living on beaches in Greece and Costa Rica, couldn’t really get much closer to the water than that and I’ve enjoyed sailing holidays as well as diving and snorkeling in destinations around the world. My kids love the water as well, it calms them and energises them at the same time, given a choice between different activities J would happily go and splash in a pool, lake or sea and he’s water animal mad, from frogs, to fish, to sharks and whales anything that inhabits is water he will read and devour anything he can think about it. We recently visited Switzerland and as part of the trip spent a day on the lakes and enjoyed some of the fantastic outdoor activities available.
Although we love the water until recently my kids hadn’t been on a boat or any form of watercraft – we’re quickly changing that and the Lakes in Switzerland provide opportunities for people to enjoy activities from the relaxing water taxi rides across some of the lakes saving time driving around – which we were lucky to experience on Lake Sills on of the closest lakes to the Swiss/Italy border and a beautiful large lake with amazing scenery surrounding the lake including an Alpine village made in traditional style only accessible by foot high up on the mountain-side.
The kids had never been on a boat before and loved being on the water going around the lake seeing the small docks and villages that the water-taxi pulled into.
Whilst we watched – others enjoyed the lake as well, we saw a small boat sailing around the lake, the winds creating the ideal environment for sailing.
Travelling between the different lakes and as we toured around the country by train we passed many lakes filled with kite surfers – now on the North Norfolk Coast this is one of the popular year round sports and I think if I can ever get up the courage I’d love to give it a go.
Around some of the other lakes there are sailing clubs letting families enjoy the lakes in a much more active way and we took full advantage of it heading to Lake Saint Moritz and the Saint Moritz Sailing Club to have a hand at some of the water based activities there.
First off was trying the Canadian canoes – luckily unlike Lake Sills, Lake Saint Moritz was mill pond flat, and hardly any others on the lake meaning that our turning circles could be as wide as we needed.
With the water so flat we were able to get the kids trying out the oars and have a go at getting across across the lake.
Once we’d canoed across the lake we headed back and swapped the canoe for a board and headed out. I’d never paddle boarded before and wanted to give it a try – but also include the kids, with the water so flat I headed out on my knees to the centre of the lake with first J on my board – and then proceeded to stand up and paddle back to the shore to swap children and take T out as well.
As you can see I managed to get both of the kids out on the boards to the lake and back again. I’ve already booked to head out on a paddle board with my brother in a couple of weeks time in Florida to have another go as it’s a lot of fun.
My impression of Switzerland are solely from a winter-sports perspective or summer climbing in the mountains, enjoying the water in a land locked country and having as much fun as I would near the sea was an added bonus – and you know what the water was warm – J typical of his nature as I was paddle boarding with T was sitting in the water at the edge of the lake in his wet suit trying to catch some of the small fish that called the area their home. So Summer time in is the perfect time to enjoy some of Switzerland outdoor activities on the lake.
We were able to enjoy the area as part of a press trip (via Rainy Day Mum) to The Grand Hotel Kronenhof and the activities were provided as part of the itinerary for families – check out our post over on Rainy Day Mum on Family Activities to do in the Engadine valley.