It is often said that you are never far from a lake in Switzerland and although Lake Geneva is the most well known, there are in fact 55 expansive lakes throughout the country. If all things aquatic take your interest, many of the Swiss lakes come highly recommended.
East of Lake Geneva, in the Canton of Bern, sits the town of Interlaken flanked by Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
This privileged position, perfected by the backdrop of three iconic mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, provides gentle waves and mild winds that earn Interlaken respect from watersports enthusiasts who revel in its prime conditions. These conditions help make Switzerland "the world's second-biggest adventure-sports destination, just behind New Zealand, and Interlaken is its busiest hub" (Lonely Planet).
Extreme sport options such as water skiing, wakeboarding and wake skating often catch the eye of more adventurous pleasure seekers. White-water rafting meanwhile, is also popular with adrenaline seekers. Prime white-water rapids flow along the Lütschine and Simme rivers thanks to spectacular waterfalls that cascade down nearby rocks across the mountainous region.
However, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz offer something for everyone when it comes to watersports catering for beginners as well as seasoned pros.
Sailing schools are scattered around the lakes offering instructional courses in dinghy sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
Sea kayaking is often a favourite family activity, allowing groups to set off on a relaxing paddle across the lake with opportunity to stop for a picnic along the way.
Watersports aside, the destination is a mecca for water lovers simply to take a dip in the azure blue lake.