Situated beautifully amidst the Swiss Alps, Lake Silvaplana near St. Moritz is popular mainly among watersports enthusiasts. Due to relatively reliable winds, the lake is ideal for kite- and windsurfing. The so called Maloja wind starts blowing steadily around noon. Beginners should consider surfing in the morning, before the wind reaches peak velocity. Thanks to the reliable wind, Lake Silvaplana is regular venue for diverse worldcups and European championships as well. Even in winter, Lake Silvaplana is full of sportspeople. Snow-kiting on the frozen lake is increasingly popular.
The Alpine lake is not particularly convenient for swimming: situated 1,790 metres above sea level, the water temperature rarely exceeds 16 degrees. If you are brave enough thouh, you are welcome to test the excellent water quality and harden yourself a bit! Afterwards, you can warm up by the campfire at one of the fire pits.
Things to do
A number of facilities are situated around the lake, making it the ideal destination for an action-packed trip. Windsurf centres in Sils and Silvaplana feature restaurants, a windsurfing school, shop and rental. Silvaplana's sports centre holds a restaurant, tennis courts, a skate park, and a kitesurfung school. Rowing boats, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddles are available for rent in Silvaplana.
If you fancy more than just a day trip, the local campsite with kiosk invites you to stay overnight.
The area around Lake Silvaplana has a lot in store outside of the water as well. Approximately 580 kilometres of hiking trails go through the region. From stroller- and wheelchair-friendly trails and special cultural or culinary tours to demanding long-distance hikes - there is something for everyone. Moreover, designated mountainbike trails make it easy to discover the area by bike.
- Grab something nice to eat and a cold drink at the local kiosk or restaurant.
- Planning an overnight stay? Close to the Swimming Lake there is a campground. You are in the campfire mood? Campfires are permitted at several spots around the Swimming Lake.
- There are parking spaces available in the vicinity. There are public restrooms close by at the Swimming Lake.