Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Lake Lucerne literally “Lake of the Four Forested Settlements”, is a beautiful lake in central Switzerland and the fourth largest in the country. Much of the shoreline rises steeply into mountains up to 1,500 m above the lake, resulting in many picturesque views including those of the mountains Rigi and Pilatus.
The lake has a complicated shape, with several sharp bends and four arms. It starts in the south-north bound Reuss Valley between steep cliffs above the Urnersee from Flüelen towards Brunnen to the north before it makes a sharp bend to the west where it continues into the Gersauer Becken. Here is also the deepest point of the lake with 214 m. Even more west of it is the Buochser Bucht, but the lake sharply turns north again through the narrow opening between the Unter Nas (lower nose) of the Bürgenstock to the west and the Ober Nas (upper nose) of the Rigi to the east to reach the Vitznauer Bucht.
The lake drains its water in Lucerne from the literally correctly translated western arm Lake of Lucerne (Luzernersee) into the Reuss. The entire lake has a total area of 114 km² at an elevation of 434 m and a maximum depth of 214m
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