Cheap hotels near Lake Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland

The lake that defines Zurich is 17 miles long and swells to 2.5 miles wide. And unlike other urban bodies of water, this one is oft-used (especially in more temperate months) as a swimming hole. Yes, the water in some spots is that shallow!

With a long and lovely promenade for city strolls (make sure to stop and feed the geese and ducks along the way) and plenty of riverside photo ops, the lake has also become synonymous with boat tours.

To take a tour, pick up info from one of the many ferry boat operators at Burkliplatz (the lake end of Bahnhofstrasse and where boats depart) or check times at the Lake Zurich Navigation Company’s Web site.

So, bring your swimsuit and hop in. During summer months, public beaches and baths pop up along the shores. Thanks to avid environmentalists, Lake Zurich is considered one of the cleanest, most purified lakes in Europe. The water is potable too.

Hotels near Lake Zurich: Since lodgings can get pricey the closer you are to that crystal-clear water, we recommend heading a bit inland to Talstrasse or Sihlfeld. Even more options abound in Seefeld. Some of those listed below are also in tourist-friendly Altstad.

The lake, of course, is huge, and Zurich is relatively small. Thus, you won't be far from its shores from many of our other hotel picks.

Hotel Otter, Zurich

Address Oberdorfstrasse 7 (Altstadt)

Quick Read: The two-star Hotel Otter offers 16 uniquely decorated rooms with shared baths, right in the heart of Old Town.... read review

7.5 Guest Rating

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Leonardo Boutique Hotel Rigihof Zurich, Zurich

Address Universitätsstrasse 101 (Hottingen)

Quick Read: The Leonardo Boutique Hotel Rigihof Zurich is a four-star property, located in Zurich’s university quarter, that sometimes offers decent deals on room rates.... read review

7.4 Guest Rating

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City Backpacker - Hostel Biber, Zurich

Address Niederdorfstrasse 5 (Altstadt)

EuroCheapo Review: It's quite basic, but the inexpensive City Backpacker Hostel Biber is located smack in the heart of Zurich.... read review

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Alexander Guesthouse, Zurich

Address Zähringerstr 16 (Altstadt)

EuroCheapo Review: The two-star Alexander Guesthouse offers 20 simple rooms and a fabulous location in the heart of Old Town. ... read review

7.9 Guest Rating

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Hotel Hottingen, Zurich

Address Hottingerstrasse 31 (Hottingen)

Quick Read: Situated within walking distance of Zurich’s Old Town and just steps from the Kunsthaus Museum, the Hotel Foyer Hottingen is a central one-star pick.... read review

8.6 Guest Rating

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