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Diving in Switzerland

Landlocked and mountainous, scuba diving may not be the first thing on your mind when you visit Switzerland, but it certainly should be! Alpine lakes await divers with an adventurous spirit.

Diving in Switzerland

Quick facts

You won’t find salty seas in Switzerland, of course, but the alpine lakes and rivers here make for unique and mystical scuba diving.

Lake Geneva has a variety of dives to discover. Wall dives and bizarre freshwater scenery can be perused beneath the surface. There is even a wreck dive, a stellar spot for more advanced divers to take the plunge.

Another is Lake Zurich, where you can head to excellent scuba spots right from the shore. The lake is serenely set, with lofty mountains cascading upward from the lakeshore. Glacially fed, the lake has sublime visibility.

River divers will be blown away by the Verzasca, an impossibly clear river found just south of the Alps near the border of Italy.

Bear in mind that Switzerland becomes quite frigid in the winter, and if you plan to dive during the colder months you will need a wetsuit to brave the waters, often remaining only just above freezing.

When to go

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What to see

You will be greeted by a surprising diversity of European freshwater fish during your dives in Switzerland. Trout contemplate in shallow waters, and catfish cruise along the bottom. You can see carp, chub, and smaller fish hanging out near vegetation and rock formations. Writhing eels will surprise you, and are common to spot during a dive.

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Country

Deep in the heart of Europe you can find the dazzling country of Switzerland, a land of steep mountain ranges, deep lakes, and modern cities. Switzerland is bordered by Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and tiny Liechtenstein, holding this small yet heavily populated country deep in the belly of the continent.

Switzerland is divided into three main regions: The Alps, the Swiss Plateau, and the Jura. The Alps are the highest mountain range found entirely within Europe, boasting mountains that are well over 15,000 feet (4,800 meters) tall. The Jura is another mountain range, much less grandiose than its neighbor, but beautiful, nonetheless. The majority of the population lives on the Swiss Plateau, where the country’s major cities can be found.

A fascinating fact: Switzerland has not been at war since 1818, maintaining “armed neutrality.” This makes Switzerland an excellent country in which to hold peace talks and conferences.

Other attractions

Surely, the Swiss Alps are calling your name. Go up to a summit and ski your way down, enjoying all the incomparable vistas along the way. Relish in some of the best chocolate in the world, as well as some stellar beverages in the large cities of Zürich and Geneva. Definitely spend some time in the museums, which hold some of the most important artwork in the world.

Getting there

Fly into any of the major cities, then plan your route from there. There are busses, taxis, and metros to get you around the busy streets. Farther out you would be wise to take a train, giving you the most scenic views of the gorgeous landscapes.

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230 V

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