Witness the world’s best rowers competing at this three-day annual event on Lake Rot. It’s all about overall World Cup victory. You can watch the rowers preparing at the rowing centre, then cheer them on at the starting line by the Rotsee lido or from the grandstands near the finish tower. Enjoy the competitions from a variety of viewpoints and stroll around the lake – it only takes an hour.
The event starts on Friday with the preliminary heats. The final races are on Sunday morning from 10 a.m. Thanks to a sponsor, admission is free for spectators. You only need a ticket if you want a main grandstand seat on the Sunday: this can be purchased at the event. Backed by more than 110 years of tradition, this event showcases the very best in international rowing.
Lake Rot is an exceptional natural arena, as well as a unique recreational amenity for the Lucerne region. It’s also a rowing Mecca: with its long, narrow shape (2.5 kilometres long and some 250 metres wide), gentle current and sheltered situation, it’s a perfect venue for the sport. A visible landmark of rowing regattas, the finish tower is where the jury and timekeepers are located during the competitions. The regattas start by the lake’s lido at one end of the lake.
The simplest way to reach Lake Rot from Lucerne is on foot or by bus. Parking is very restricted. Bus routes 1, 18, 19, 22 and 23 connect Lucerne railway station with the lake. For the finish area, take bus 18 to Luzern Rosenberg or bus 19 to Luzern Jugendherberge. For the regatta area, take bus 1 to Luzern Maihofmatte-Rotsee, and for the starting area take buses 22 or 23 to Ebikon Falken.
The first international rowing regatta took place on Lake Lucerne in 1899. The starting line used to be at the Seeburg and the finish in front of the Hotel Palace. The event relocated to Lake Rot in 1935.