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Public access to waterways remains restricted

Swiss residents cannot claim right of access to lake and river waterfronts, according to the federal authorities.

The Federal Spatial Development Office said on Thursday there was no legislation to back this up this type of demand.

The “Rives publiques” association, which has been fighting for access, claims that lakeshores and riversides have been part of the public domain for over 100 years.

The lobby group has been demanding that access be guaranteed for all, and not just to mostly wealthy property owners.

Federal legislation does say that access to lakeshores and riversides should be possible, but does not guarantee it, according to the government’s legal experts.

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