Summer is truly underway in Switzerland when people start to take to the rivers, lake “beaches” and badis (public bathing areas at the lake) in their droves. So whether you're looking to swim yourself fit or simply take a refreshing dip, nothing beats a swim in the open air. Luckily, Switzerland has loads of options for front-crawlers and pool-posers alike, many of which are located in the middle of the city, making it easy to beat the heat in minutes.
Best places to swim in Zurich
Whether you lounge around on the wooden panels of the right bank, play a game of beach volley, enjoy a glass of Spritz from the container bar, or join the sun-hungry at the concrete structure of Pier West on the left bank - do ensure your body is in shape and your tattoos are all polished up.
First opened in 1890, the charming wooden structure is now one of the trendiest summer pools in town. With men’s and women’s pools and gender-separated sun decks, superb lake access and a range of sauna and massage treatments on offer, this is the place to be during summer in Zurich.
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Built in 1886, the St Johann bathing house or "Rhybadhysli Santi Hans" as it's also known, is the ideal spot to dip your toes in Basel's fast-flowing river. The badi has shallow areas for non-swimmers as well as a river pool. Located in the centre of town, it has historically been a popular meeting place for Baselers young and old, particularly when the sun is shining. Recently renovated, but retaining its 19th century “wooden boat” feel, Santi Hans has been named one of the most beautiful pools in Switzerland.
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Swim in the crystal clear waters of one of the world's most beautiful lakes. The Seebad Luzern offers a laid back vibe with its simple wooden construction of two courtyards surrounding open air pools. There's also a cafe serving up seasonal salads, freshly grilled meats, paninis and a range of hot and cold drinks, with cocktails once the sun goes down. Plus, you can do dance and yoga classes here.