Number of boat tourists sank in 2010

Switzerland’s lakes and rivers attracted 13.6 million boat passengers last year, down from 14.7 million in the record year of 2009.

This content was published on March 30, 2011 - 14:10 and agencies

This was because of a rainy summer and a weak euro compared with the franc, the public transport information service Litra revealed on Wednesday.

Only the River Rhine in Basel and Lake Hallwil in Aargau saw roughly the same number of visitors as the previous year.

The most popular stretch of water was Lake Lucerne (2,245,000 people), just ahead of trips between Meilen and Horgen in the centre of Lake Zurich (2,165,000) and Lake Geneva (1,863,000).

Ferries on the western end of Lake Zurich, around the River Limmat and the city of Zurich, attracted 1,680,000 people.

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