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Is Caumasee Worth Visiting? The Honest Truth About It

Last Updated on September 21, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Lake Cauma (Lag la Cauma in Romansh, Caumasee in German) is a gorgeous lake in Flims, Graubünden. This is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. The color of its water is this light turquoise shade. At times, it looks light blue or light green though.

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There have been questions about whether Caumasee, Switzerland, is worth visiting. If you’re wondering if it’s worth visiting Caumasee, I’d say yes. Caumasee lake is worth a visit, even if you have to pay an entrance fee. This place is beautiful, with crystal clear, freshwater that’s perfect for bathing.

Caumasee Lake in a Nutshell

Lake surface area:10.31 ha (25,500 acres)
Maximum depth:30 meters
Surface elevation:997 meters (3,271 feet)

Why Caumasee Is Worth Visiting

A ticket is required to get into Caumasee. In the summer, if it’s sunny and warm, there can be a long line. 

There’s been a backlash in Swiss newspapers and on Google reviews since 2022 when the price of getting into Caumasee increased. Is Caumasee still worth visiting? Or is it better to go to other free bathing lakes across the country where you won’t have to pay? Below, I have listed 4 good reasons why Caumasee is worth visiting.

1. Caumasee is one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland

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In my opinion, when you’re in Switzerland, you should definitely visit Caumasee. Advertisements, social media posts, and top 10 lists all feature it for a reason. It can’t be denied that Caumasee is a stunning pearl in Flims. Caumasee is worth a visit any time of year. Bathing, picnicking, playing, and paddling, are a couple of things you can do at Caumasee.

Caumasee is one of the most famous and beautiful lakes in Switzerland. And anyone who wants to relax will get their money’s worth.

2. Caumasee is a gorgeous bathing lake

Because Caumasee is fed by underground springs, it’s not as cold as other alpine lakes. During the summer, the water will be between 21 and 24 degrees Celsius.  Those who want to bathe will love this temperature.

Nearby is Crestasee (Lag la Cresta), another beautiful bathing lake. While Crestasee is a bit cheaper than Caumasee, it’s also much smaller. It is also typically less busy compared to Caumasee.

Kandergrund’s Blausee is also an incredibly beautiful lake, and you will also have to pay a fee to enter it. However, you are allowed to bathe there. Caumasee allows you to do this, however.

3. There’s a lot to do in Caumasee 

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Aside from bathing, here are some of the other things that you can do in Caumasee:

  • SUP – In Caumasee, you can rent and do SUP or Stand up Paddle.
  • Boat or Pedalos – You can also rent boats and pedalos on-site.
  • Restaurant and Lounge – You can have your meals from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM at their restaurant.
  • Playground – It’s got a big playground by the lake. Turn right after the entrance area to get there.
  • Beach Volleyball – Right by the playground is a beach volleyball field that you can use.
  • Events – If you have a wedding, corporate event, or birthday coming up, you can use Caumasee as your location.

If you wish to explore the area after staying at the lake, Caumasee and the surrounding area have a lot to offer. You can visit nearby Crestasee or the Rhine Gorge (Rheinschlucht in German).

4. Caumasee is worth the cost

The entry fee is used to maintain the cleanliness of the lake and its facilities, as well as to cap the number of entries per day to 1,700. Without the entry fee, Caumasee would be extremely overrun by tourists and guests.

Caumasee Lake is such a beautiful lake with crystal clear water. Surrounded by a forest, it’s so peaceful and serene. I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it is. The water is clean and even has fish inside. The water is so clear and looks so fresh.

It’s a little more expensive now that the prices have gone up. It’s free to see other lakes but they don’t have the same feel as Caumasee, nor can you take as good pictures as here. Furthermore, there’s no time limit. The whole day can be spent here, swimming, sunbathing, playing, and eating. You can really maximize your stay.

If you are willing to pay the price and want to spend a full day at Caumasee, I highly recommend it.

Caumasee was once crowded with tourists and completely overwhelmed. It has become more manageable and relaxing with the price hike and the limit on guests.

Caumasee Entrance Fee

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As mentioned above, there is an entrance fee to Caumasee. They have started to limit the entries to 1,700 guests per day.

To enter Caumasee, you will have to shell out CHF 19 per person. Tickets are cheaper for students and younger children. Kids until 5 years old can get in for free.

Locals and those carrying a guest card also get a discounted rate of CHF 8. Children accompanied by locals or those with a guest card can enter for free until 17 years of age.

If you do not want to pay the entrance fee, you can get in after 5:00 pm for free. Or you can walk around the lake until the fence is gone and you can come into the lake through that area. 

How can I get to Caumasee Lake?

If you plan to come by car, you walk from the parking lot to the nearby funicular (Caumasee-Lift). Taking the funicular (or elevator) down to Caumasee will save you 15 minutes of walking. The funicular is free of charge.

You can also easily get to Caumasee from Chur or Flims Dorf by bus.

Parking 1:Rudi Dadens 3, 7018 Flims
Parking 2:Via Dil Lag, 7018 Flims
Public Transportation:Flims Waldhaus, Caumasee (Bus)

Final Thoughts: Why Caumasee Is Worth Visiting

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There are many reasons why visiting Caumasee is a must. If you are willing to shell out the entrance fee, I highly recommend visiting.

In case you decide to visit Caumasee, I would suggest the following:

  • Wear comfortable shoes in case you will need to hike up to or hike down from the parking lot.
  • Dogs are not allowed at the lido. If you want to bring them to the restaurant, they have to be kept on a leash.
  • Be respectful of nature. Clean up your trash and don’t throw anything in the water.
  • Come earlier instead of later. The later you get there, the longer the lines can be. Also, you can maximize the CHF 19 price tag if you come earlier.
  • Bring your own food if you don’t plan to eat at the restaurant. You can have a picnic. Grilling is, however, forbidden.
  • Drones and loud music are not allowed here.
  • Relax and enjoy the scenery. Take lots of photos! You’ll love it!


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Darla Uhl is the owner of 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.