If you'd like to enjoy the pleasures of the lake itself, both paddleboats and motorboats are available for rent at Anker Travel, Zihlstrasse (tel. 041/397-17-07). It's also possible to swim in the bay here, although the temperatures are a mite chilly for those from sunnier climes.

If you're biking down from Vitznau, you can tour the entire right bank of the lake by Route 2, which runs all the way to Altdorf.

Idyllic Swimming Hole

To escape from the crowds along Lake Lucerne, we'll let you in on a secret: At the very southeastern tip of Lake Lucerne is the narrow and splendid inlet lake, the Urnersee, which attracts fewer visitors than the resorts along Lake Lucerne even though it's no less majestic or beautiful. In fact, this is the most remote, wildest, and loveliest part of the whole of Lake Lucerne. A natural rock obelisk, called Schillerstein, rises some 25m (82 ft.) out of the Urnersee, and is dedicated to Friedrich von Schiller, the author of Wilhelm Tell.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.