Diving trip to Lucerne
Thursday – Arrival and accommodation
We arrived at the Hotel Spatz in Lucerne on Thursday after a drive of several hours.
At the Hotel Spatz, centrally located in Lucerne, we were greeted and welcomed in an extremely friendly manner. The hotel is well-bourgeois. The highlight is the cuisine in the adjoining restaurant, which invites you to enjoy. Here you get specialities such as bison, ostrich and noble fish, not quite inexpensive, but absolutely appropriate for what you get there.
The connection to the old town is also really good. There is a tram stop directly in front of the hotel with connections every 10 minutes. Opposite the Hotel Spatz is also a brewery, for those who like it more traditional.
Friday – Dives 1 & 2
The dive site offers good parking under a bridge. There is also a porta-potty set up by several dive centres. The entrance is a kind of rock staircase, which is not entirely safe, as the stones are somewhat slippery and steep. You should think carefully about every step you take. The exit at the same spot, on the other hand, is much easier. After diving down, the descent is immediately steep. Great steep walls, huge rock formations are the backdrop in dark water despite the sunny day. A torch is a must at this dive site! The water is 17 degrees with 21 degrees outside, the thermocline was at 15m, from then on it got very fresh at 8 degrees. We dived down to 37m. When I pointed my lamp beam into the depths from there, there was still no bottom in sight for a long time, the beam got lost in the deep black of the lake.
After the ascent, we packed everything and drove up to a nearby alpine pasture and enjoyed the picturesque view of Lake Lucerne as well as the snack we had brought with us. Afterwards we drove back to the hotel and went to bed for an hour to rest until we met Stefano, our guide.
The dive centre is in the middle of Lucerne. We met Stefano and drove to the next dive site Riets Ort. It takes about 40 minutes to drive around the lake from the city centre. At this dive site we again found the best conditions for parking and equipping. Everything was very clean.
The 2nd dive was a night dive and lasted almost an hour. The maximum depth was 25 m for a short time, but we spent most of the time at a depth of 8-12 m in the middle of many schools of fish, mostly groupers standing in formations. But we also spotted small pike. In the depths again great rocks and steep walls, in the 8-12m range lots of sea grass and vegetation. As I had changed the regulator completely, we could enjoy the night dive very relaxed.
Saturday – Dives 3&4
Again we drove out to the dive site Riets Ort, but this time we took another entry at the dive site 100m above and dived a completely different route than the night before. This route took us not only over the steep walls but also, after a short transfer through the open water, directly over an underwater mountain range. We floated over rocky peaks and deeply visible canyons and crevices.
The most fascinating point was an approximately 5-metre-high boulder situated on the edge of a rock slab with a view of 28m depth. This gave the impression that the boulder could roll down into the depths at any second. We dived to a maximum depth of 34m over a total dive time of 43 minutes.
At about 18m, we saw a dolphin hanging from a natural wall. Also on this dive there were numerous fish in the 5-8 metre range.
After a one-hour break, we continued to the dive site five minutes away. Unterwielen. Here we found the most beautiful lake panorama in addition to the usual good outside conditions.
The entrance was via concrete steps into a gravel bed. Once in the water, it was easy to put on the fins while standing knee-deep. For the descent we had to swim a bit from the shore into the lake over sea grass (40 – 50m), only from then on it was a steep descent into the depths as in the previous dives. The rock formations here were very bright due to the high proportion of limestone. We dived above and sometimes between white boulders. Maximum depth this time 35m with 42 minutes dive time.
Afterwards we sat down for a picnic in our camping chairs overlooking the lake, as we had done the day before.
In the evening we took the tram to the old town of Lucerne and explored the gastronomic options there. We opted for a Tailänder, which was reasonably priced by Swiss standards. Finally, we stopped at a pub and had two beers.
Sunday – Dive 5
After three days with four deep dives always much deeper than 30m, we peeled ourselves out of bed a bit tired even after 8 hours of sleep. After breakfast with excellent coffee, we set off again to the dive site Aachereg Loppa. There we had an appointment with Stefano at 10:30am.
This time we had to jump into the lake about 3 metres from the parapet of the bridge. The entrance was about 150m above the entrance of the very first dive. But here we immediately went down the steep walls seemingly indefinitely, with a black abyss below us. There was little sediment movement and so we had good visibility up to 15 metres. This last dive became the deepest dive at just under 38m. On this route, two diving bells with air bubbles were attached at 16m for looking and surfacing in between. At the Aachaeg Loppa dive site there are hardly any fish to be seen, but as described there are great steep walls.
We had a wonderful time in Lucerne. The conditions for diving are absolutely perfect. Even for non-divers travelling with us, the city of Lucerne on Lake Lucerne has a lot to offer. The Swiss are very warm, cosy and helpful. Both of us had the impression that in Switzerland the worries of the world are obviously excluded. You can tell by the fact that on Saturdays, despite thousands of tourists ready to spend, all the shops close at 4 pm. That’s just enough for the Swiss; anything else would be too hectic and too fast. We found this deceleration very positive, as we were in Lucerne for diving and not for shopping.
As for the dive sites in terms of variety, selection and quality, you get the absolute top class here!!!!
Great, clear, clean water with -for a lake fed by 4 mountain rivers- very pleasant water temperature. A dry suit is not absolutely necessary for deep dives, even at the end of September.
As far as the diving profiles are concerned, it has to be said quite clearly that Lake Lucerne with the sites we dived is not for beginners. Those who dive here should have sufficient experience with deep dives in temperatures of 5-8 degrees. The best “sights” can only be seen from 20 m downwards. The entrances are sometimes a bit tricky, but in principle easily accessible.
We all agree:
This was an amazing diving experience at Lake Lucerne.
We’ll be back in Lucerne!