Lake Zurich is one of the most spectacular lakes in the city. If there is good weather, it is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature. On the stairs of one of the banks, the city dwellers tend to have lunch or enjoy a book. In the water, in the distance, you can always see sailboats and boats. An almost idyllic picture also represents the true spirit of the city.
Greifen Lake (Greifensee) is 11 km east of Zurich, and is the second longest lake in the Canton of Zurich (6 km long, 1.6 km at its widest and a maximum depth of 32 meters) and is fed by the river Aabach. A boat sails throughout the year between Maur and Uster, which also allows bicycles. From spring to autumn nostalgia trips are offered on the steamboat Greif (the oldest steamboat in Switzerland, built in 1895). The fleet of the company Schiffahrts-Betriebe Greifensee has 3 motor boats of different sizes. The local gastronomy tours are especially popular, with special breakfasts, pasta, fondee, Asian food and grilled meat.
In the vicinity of Lake Greifen, (Greifensee) the famous "Greifensee-Lauf" (a half marathon) is held every year. Greifensee is popular for biking, walking and rollerblading as there's a paved path around the lake. The lake and its surroundings are under UNESCO protection and building isn't allowed, resulting in fantastic reeds and rich fauna and flora (about 400 species of plants are in the lake and 19 in its tributaries). Nature reserves are important for birds to breed, including more than 120 migratory species.