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How to Get to Ufenau Island

(Last Updated On: October 31, 2023)

Ufenau Island is a very small island located in Lake Zurich, Switzerland. It lies in the mire landscape of Frauenwinkel in the municipality of Freienbach, Switzerland. Many locals adore this destination, particularly when the weather is sunny and pleasant. In this article, we will discuss how to get to Ufenau Island.

How to get to Ufenau Island by Boat
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Best Way to Get to Ufenau Island

The most popular way to get to Ufenau Island is by passenger ship. These ships are comfortable and offer great views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Another option is to hire a private boat or boat taxi. For those who are more adventurous, you can also use pedalos, canoes, or stand-up paddleboards to get here.

How to Get to Ufenau Island from Zurich

How to get to Ufenau Island from Zurich
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The most popular way to get to Ufenau Island is by passenger ship. Ufenau Island is a stop in the Long Lake Cruise that departs from Zürich Bürkiplatz.

Departure Point:Zürich Bürkiplatz
Ship Course:Long Lake Cruise or Grosse Seerundfahrt
Duration:1 hour and 52 minutes
Schedule:Check ZSG.ch

The number of journeys can vary depending on the season, ranging from 4 to 7 trips between April and mid-October. Usually, there are no planned trips to Ufenau Island from the third week of October until the start of the following spring.

Another option is to hop on a train to one of the Long Lake Cruise stops and then catch a boat from there to Ufenau Island. Please keep in mind that the ship may not make stops at every noted ship stop, so double-check to ensure you catch a connecting boat.


How to Get to Ufenau Island from Rapperswil

How to get to Ufenau Island from Rapperswil
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With numerous ship routes available from Rapperswil to Ufenau Island, it’s your top choice for the quickest and most efficient way to reach your destination.

Departure Point:Rapperswil SG (See)
Ship Courses:– Long Lake Cruise or Grosse Seerundfahrt
– Ufenau Shuttle
– Lake Cruise or Seerundfahrt
– Upper Lake Cruise or Oberseerundfahrt
Duration:12 minutes
Schedule:Check ZSG.ch

The number of ship routes from Rapperswil to Ufenau Island can change depending on the season from April to mid-October. Usually, there are no planned trips to Ufenau Island from the third week of October until the start of the following spring.


How to Get to Ufenau Island from Pfäffikon SZ

How to get to Ufenau Island from Pfäffikon SZ
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Another convenient way is to take a train to Pfäffikon SZ, walk ten minutes to the pier, and then catch one of the numerous ships departing from there to reach Ufenau Island. Getting from Pfäffikon SZ to Ufenau Island is a breeze, thanks to the many regular passenger ships provided by ZSG.

Departure Point:Pfäffikon SZ (See)
Ship Courses:– Ufenau Shuttle
– Lake Cruise or Seerundfahrt
– Upper Lake Cruise or Oberseerundfahrt
Duration:10 minutes
Schedule:Check ZSG.ch

The number of journeys can vary depending on the season, ranging from 8 to 10 trips between April and mid-October. Usually, there are no planned trips to Ufenau Island from the third week of October until the start of the following spring.

Aside from the Ufenau Shuttle, there is a Ship Taxi stationed in Pfäffikon SZ that can bring you from Pfäffikon SZ to Ufenau Island. You may also organize a special trip from Rapperswil or Lachen SZ with them.


Understanding Ufenau Island

Ufenau Island
Image of Ufenau Island by TouringSwitzerland.com

Ufenau Island (also called Ufnau Island) is a very, small island located in Lake Zurich, Switzerland. It has been owned by the Einsiedeln Monastery since 965. Thus, it is a place for quiet reflection. Swimming, camping, and wearing swimsuits are not allowed here.

You can find the Chapel of St. Martin (Kapelle St. Martin), the Church of St. Peter and Paul (Kirche St. Peter und Paul), as well as the House of the Two Ravens (Haus zu den zwei Raben) on this island.

Together with Lützelau Island, it is located within the protected nature reserve of Frauenwinkel. It is the largest contiguous nature reserve on Lake Zurich. This moorland is characterized by shallow waters bordered by reed zones to the south and east.

Frauenwinkel is a crucial resting spot for different rare birds and insects. You can see groups of birds in this area as they migrate from late February to early March.

Ufenau Island has short yet picturesque pathways that lead you around the island, offering glimpses of vineyards and a quaint chapel along the way. The path that goes around the church, the house, and the chapel is wheelchair-accessible.

The Ufenau Island Restaurant is famous for getting crowded on lovely days. My tip: make a reservation since they tend to be fully booked!


Final Thoughts: How to Get to Ufenau Island

Chapel of St. Martin, Ufenau Island
Image of the Chapel of St. Martin, Ufenau Island by TouringSwitzerland.com

You have several options for reaching Ufenau Island, but one of the most convenient routes from Zurich is to take the train to Rapperswil. Once in Rapperswil, head to the ship’s pier and board the next ship to Ufenau Island.

However, if you prefer a leisurely 2-hour cruise, you can also choose to embark on the ZSG passenger ship from Zürich Bürkliplatz for a serene journey.

Since the island is quite compact, you can allocate a few hours to half a day to enjoy your visit. Remember that the ships to Ufenau Island operate only from April to mid-October, so plan your visit accordingly. Furthermore, the island’s restaurant generally adheres to this schedule as well.

Also please make sure that you double-check the timetable to avoid missing the last ferry back to Rapperswil, Pfäffikon SZ, or Zurich.

All in all, the journey from Zurich to Ufenau Island offers a special and delightful excursion, best enjoyed on a beautiful sunny day.

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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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