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Starting a Sunday comfortably with a brunch is one of the Swiss people’s favorite weekend activities. How about combining the extensive breakfast with a relaxed – and in summer also welcome refreshing ride across the water? We have examined various brunch offers from Swiss shipping companies and are showing our favorites in this article. A relaxed start to Sunday is guaranteed with these brunch tips.
In cooperation with the Association of Swiss Shipping Companies, I am presenting you with a selection of excursion ideas and culinary tours from Lake Constance to Lake Zurich that we have made for this summer season. After a detour to Ticino with two kinds of tips for boat trips on Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore and a romantic evening cruise on the candlelight steamer on Lake Lucerne, this article is all about brunch on Swiss lakes.
The local hero: Sunday brunch on the Rhystärn in Basel
The Rhystärn has been Basel’s passenger shipping flagship for almost three years. On the spacious panorama deck of the modern ship, the Basel skyline – which always surprises with architectural accents – can be experienced from a different – and above all very relaxed – perspective. The Rhystärn has also blossomed into a popular breakfast spot with a refreshing gastronomic offer that focuses on local and home-made products from A to Z. In the summer months, the “RHYbrunch” takes place on the Rhystärn every Sunday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. And late risers can take a deep breath at this point: You don’t have to be on board at 10:00 a.m. The ship docks at the Basel shipyard every hour and lets passengers get on and off.
In addition to the modern, light-flooded ambience at the brunch on the Rhystärn, what impressed us is the focus on local products (including the accompanying explanations of which companies the products come from) and the fact that the food is served relaxed at the table will. “Buffet battle?” Nothing! Due to the pandemic, the Rhystärn crew switched to étagère and received such positive feedback that it will continue to do so in the future. Another positive aspect of the concept change is that it has massively reduced food waste.
And don’t worry: even if the food is served in bites, you will definitely not go hungry. Sweet cider from Basel, braid from the Bio Andreas wood-fired bakery, cheese from the Allschwil village cheese dairy and all sorts of fine surprises such as an incredibly delicious lentil salad served in a weck glass. A big recommendation for everyone who wants to spend an enjoyable and thoroughly relaxed Sunday morning on the Rhine
The RHYBrunch at a glance
Season: summer months April to the beginning of November
Duration: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (hourly entry and exit possible)
Departure point: Basel Schifflände
Costs: Adults 59 CHF for brunch including a tour / children aged 6 and over 27 CHF
Further information / booking: RHYbrunch Basel
The rich one: Summer brunch on Lake Zug
Our second brunch tip on Swiss lakes catapults you 20 minutes by train from Zurich into the middle of the wonderful central Swiss mountain scenery. The Zugersee shipping companies combine their scheduled boat trip on Sunday mornings in the summer months with a rich culinary offer. The word combination of “brunch” from breakfast and lunch is taken literally for once. The summer brunch is served in three acts and guarantees a three-hour feast.
If you have reserved a table in advance (if you are lucky, just boarding the scheduled boat trip is not recommended due to the manageable size of the ship), you can first go to the brunch buffet consisting of various types of bread from the Treichler bakery (the inventor of the legendary Zug cherry cake) , various cereals, a cheese and meat platter and a fruit basket. In the meantime you are sailing on the flanks of the Rigi to Arth.
On the way back, the buffet is supplemented with warm dishes (roasted dishes, scrambled eggs and bacon) and other changing products as well as a selection of crisp salads. And shortly before we dock again in Zug, the brunch is rounded off with a dessert buffet.
So: sit down, toast with a glass of Prosecco, try your hand at the buffet and enjoy a wonderful summer Sunday on Lake Zug.
The summer brunch at a glance
Season: summer months May to August
Duration: 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Departure point: Zug Bahnhofssteg
Costs: Adults 92.10 CHF for brunch including round trip / children from 6 years of age 46.3 CHF (GA / Half-Fare travelcard is valid and will be deducted from the price of the round trip; with the GA the brunch costs 52.50 CHF)
Further information / booking: Summer brunch at Lake Zug
The cozy one: the MobiCat brunch trip
A “prototype” of solar-powered shipping has been operating on Lake Biel since 2001. The EMS MobiCat solar catamaran was developed and put into operation with a view to the national exhibition Expo02. The goal at the time: to show the potential of solar energy. In the meantime, the technology in this area has developed massively and the MobiCat has been upgraded. The expanded storage capacity makes it possible to store the entire production of a beautiful summer day, which roughly corresponds to the consumption of an average household in two months. This means that the solar catamaran can not only drive 100% with solar energy, but also feeds green electricity into the grid on nice days.
Every Sunday the MobiCat leaves for a combined brunch / Lake Biel tour. And don’t worry, thanks to Speicher, the MobiCat glides smoothly and calmly through Biel’s waters even on cloudy days. It is exciting to take a look from time to time at the technical data for electricity production, which are clearly visible on the ship. But don’t forget – with all the fascination for solar energy and the technology behind it – to serve you at the brunch buffet.
In comparison with the RHYBrunch and the summer brunch on Lake Zug, the buffet on the MobiCat is a little less extensive (especially with regard to vegetarian / vegan options). But here, too, you will find everything you need for a cozy “Zmörgälä” with a view of St. Petersinsel and the pretty wine-growing villages on the northern shore of Lake Biel. Tip: try the hash browns here! I’m definitely not a Rösti fan, but I looked up the hearty homemade Rösti on the MobiCat myself.
The MobiCat brunch trip at a glance
Season: Summer months from June to the beginning of October
Duration: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ship opens at 10:45 a.m.)
Departure point: Port of Biel / Bienne (10 minutes’ walk from the train station)
Costs: Adults 74 CHF for brunch including a tour / children from 6 years 36 CHF
Further information / booking: Brunch trip to Lake Biel