Monday, July 12, 2010

Paddle Boat on Lake Zurich

On Saturday, I finally did something I've always wanted to do: rent a paddle boat on Lake Zurich.

Somehow, I was able to snag a boat without waiting despite the hot weather. They are not cheap, at CHF 26/hour, but if you think about it, that's really just the price of a Swiss hamburger, so take your pick.

Benefits to renting a paddle boat in Switzerland over the U.S.: (1) you don't have to sign your life away on an insurance form (in fact, you don't need to sign a form at all!), (2) you are not required to wear a life jacket, (3) no one will stop you from paddling to wherever the heck you please, and (4) you can bring beer.

As an American, I really felt free.

Anyhow, as I was paddling (and diving off the boat sans life jacket), I noticed that my paddle boat was inferior to some other paddle boats on Lake Zurich. My paddle boat was not a Mercedes.

Oh Switzerland, you constantly one-up me.

No wonder there wasn't a line for my kind of boat. No one in Zurich would want to be seen paddling so generically.

But I would do it again.

Admit it. Have you had the nerve to go generic in Zurich?


Emily said...

How was it, diving off the boat into the middle of the lake? It wasn't warm enough to do that the one time I rented a Zuri paddle boat.

Chantal said...

It was fantastic. The lake temperature was perfect. Plus the air temperature was in the 90s. There was no chance of being cold!

Yesterday I swam in the Limmat River and that was slightly colder, but still doable. Especially in this heat!

Kathy said...

I was just looking at the paddle boaters on Saturday and thinking that I really need to try this! It looks like fun. Saturday was definitely the perfect day for it.

Chantal said...


You should definitely paddle! Don't wait four years to do it like me! The weather is perfect this week.

Caitie said...

I saw people in Luzern on paddle boats, and I so wanted to try it. Next time I'm there, I definitely should. Maybe they have Ferrari paddle boats? No one could catch me!

Chantal said...

I wouldn't be surprised if they had Ferrari boats. Or Porsche...

Kimberly said...

I wouldn't dream of it;)
It is a peculiar thing when the police drive BMW's and the clock on the LIndt factory is an Omega. No one back home believes me when I tell them...

Chantal said...

I know what you mean. And the public buses are Mercedes too.

Susan said...

As far as going generic, YES I would do it ... what's more, I proudly shop at Denner. Isn't that pretty much the same?

Thanks for this post; I've been tempted to try out the paddle boats and so far - for 3 years - have put it off. This is the year!

Chantal said...

It's ok. I shop at Denner too. And I buy (yikes!) M-Budget stuff.

I feel better now.

sandrahoo said...

I just found your awesome blog while surfing for things to do in Zurich - my 7yo and I are going for the first time in a couple of weeks and I was hoping to find some paddle boating on the lake! Where do you go for a paddleboat? Or is it completely obvious once I get to Zurich? Is there any other boating that's good for kids on the lake? kayaks? paddle boarding? anything else?

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I just found your awesome blog while surfing for things to do in Zurich - my 7yo and I are going for the first time in a couple of weeks and I was hoping to find some paddle boating on the lake! Where do you go for a paddleboat? Or is it completely obvious once I get to Zurich? Is there any other boating that's good for kids on the lake? kayaks? paddle boarding? anything else?

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