Posted on June 03 2021
Summer, warmth, sunshine – the summer holidays are just around the corner and what better way to unwind than by, in or on the water. Switzerland is also known as the water castle of Europe. And where does Switzerland spend its summer? In the many beautiful swimming areas our country has to offer, of course. But which is the most beautiful swimming bath? We present our favourites.
For the city dwellers among us, these four swimming areas will not be a novelty. If the heat in the city is crushing you – then let yourself fall into the cool water.
Oberer Letten in Zurich
Very close to the main station and the National Museum is the Oberer Letten Flussbad. An absolute hotspot for sun lovers, refreshment seekers, locals and tourists. The popular bathing area on the Limmat stretches for around 400 metres, has a diving tower, a beach volleyball court, a skate park and offers various bars and restaurants.
Marzilibad in Bern
In the capital, people meet at the Marzili for a refreshing dip in the Aare. The iconic bathing area below the Bundehaus offers various sunbathing areas, playgrounds, a river bath and swimming pools with a diving tower. And don't forget: probably the best ice cream in Switzerland. If you dare, travel to Thun and, with good company, sit in a rubber boat and float down the Aare all the way to Bern.
Swimming in the Rhine in Basel
The Rhine bend is also a great place to swim and splash around. As a Basel resident, a swim in the Rhine is simply part of summer. With your clothes stowed in a waterproof swimming bag, you can float right through the city and enjoy the wonderful view of the Basel skyline .
The lakeside bath in Lucerne
The people of Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland are also in a prime location in terms of water. Lake Lucerne not only winds its way around the massive Central Swiss Alps, but also offers a number of beautiful lakeside resorts. This is also the case with the charming Lucerne lakeside resort on Nationalquai. Dressed entirely in wood, the lakeside bath offers an ideal entry point for a swim in the lake. The large sun terrace offers enough space for sunbathing, yoga classes and various cultural events.
Western Switzerland and the Ticino also offer great water fun in summer.
Historic Bellerive in Lausanne
Lausanne's baths still have the same charm as in the 1930s, when they were built, and are the largest open-air baths in Switzerland. The huge complex offers a suitable summer programme for all age groups. In addition to the lake access, you can also swim in the Olympic pool.
Exploring the Verzasca Valley
Lago di Lugano and Maggiore impress with their southern flair, but Ticino also has countless beautiful valleys, such as the Verzasca Valley. The picturesque villages and the emerald-green river are gorgeous and offer many opportunities to bathe in the southern sun and then cool off in the fresh water. After a swim, a hearty risotto or a crispy pizza in a traditional grotto... pure summer holiday!
Lac de Joux in Le Sentier
In winter, the lake in the heart of the Jura is the largest natural ice rink in Europe. In summer, it is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and bathing lovers, with natural beaches inviting you to relax and swim in romantic natural surroundings. With enough wind, you can also windsurf on the lake.
After a strenuous hike, a refreshing swim in the mountain lake, fantastic!
The high-altitude lake is half empty in winter because the water is drained into the valley to produce electricity, and in summer it is an idyllic spot for beautiful walks or water sports of all kinds. From windsurfing to stand-up paddling to wakeboarding, everything is possible. The lido is free of charge and has probably the most beautiful sunbathing lawn in Davos.
Lake Cauma near Flims
A walk to Lake Cauma makes you wonder if you are still in Switzerland and not in Canada or Sweden. It really is like a picture book: turquoise water, a forested island and nothing but forest around the lake. Lake Cauma near Flims is really worth a trip.
Lake Oeschinen near Kandersteg
With its lakes and countless rivers, the Bernese Oberland is a veritable water paradise. Lake Oeschinen above Kandersteg is a particularly popular destination. There are some very beautiful hiking trails around the lake and the turquoise lake offers a refreshing dip at the end.
Our summer paradises: Lake Hallwil, Aare and Badi Lenzburg
Our personal favourite is of course Lake Hallwil, very close to our home in Lenzburg. It offers around a dozen bathing spots, in summer there are scheduled boats and at the northern end there is a medieval moated castle worth seeing: Schloss Hallwyl. The Aare or the iconic Badi Lenzburg are also not far away – they always provide cooling on hot days.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your swimwear – preferably the new pieces from our Swim Essentials Collection – and off you go! Great outfits and accessories for the garden party after a day at the swimming baths you'll find here. We wish you a great summer.
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