Best places to swim in Zurich
On-site swim coaches, yoga classes, ving-tsun, SUP and relaxation techniques plus a beautician and a sauna which is open all year round - you get it all at Badi Enge.
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.
During the summer season, the public pool and mini golf are a popular attraction for families.
Mythenquai badi is a popular summer spot. Spend a day diving into the sparkling, clear waters of the Zurichsee, or sun yourself on the lawns here.
A badi season favourite, at Allenmoos you'll find three separate pools surrounded by grass-covered open space that's perfect for sunbathing and summer picnics.
The Richterswil Horn is a popular local park, no doubt due to its stunning location on the shores of Lake Zurich.
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.
Take the family on a walk around the lake - it won't take much more than an hour. During the warmer months, bring your swimsuits and have a dip at the Badi.
When it comes to a pool-party venue, Rimini is the river set swimming area and bar that excels in a chilled-backed atmosphere.
During the day it’s women only in this Badi right next to Zurich’s town hall, but in the evening the location turns into the 'Barfussbar' with weekly concerts and cultural events.
Best places to swim in Geneva
Genève-Plage is a water sport-lovers paradise, with an Olympic sized pool, paddling pool and 9-metre waterslide as well as lake swimming access and a 10-metre diving board into Lake Geneva (Lac Leman).
Built in the 1930s, the Bains des Pâquis is a public swimming baths right on Lake Geneva and a popular social meeting place for Genevois of all ages, shapes and wallet-sizes.
The pretty medieval town of Hermance is a wonderful place to walk around and its grassy lakefront strip is a popular spot on warm weekends, perfect for a picnic in the heart of a picture postcard setting.
This is the Lake Geneva beach where the local city residents love to go. The kind the tourists usually never find out about.
Best places to swim in Lausanne
The place to hang out in summer, this 1930s outdoor leisure centre is eternally popular when the sun comes out.
There may be a great big lake on our doorstep, but sometimes the convenience and facilities of swimming in an outdoor pool appeal instead – it’s all the fun with none of the hassle that comes with al fresco bathing.
Best places to swim in Bern
The outdoor baths at Marzili, in the shadow of the grand parliament building, are among the oldest in the country, and free to use.
With a 30m swimming pool that becomes an ice rink in winter, a wave pool, 10m waterslide and kids pool, this is a fantastic family destination in Bern.
Best places to swim in Basel
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.
Best places to swim in Lucerne
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.
Best places to swim in Ticino
Best places across Switzerland
The huge Lac de Joux in the Jura valley of the same name is a draw for outdoor enthusiasts at any time of year. In summer it’s a magnet for swimmers, sailors and windsurfers making the most of the warm water.
Elevating this Valais spa above some of its neighbours is the immense 182m-long water slide, a giddy prospect for kids – and big kids.
There are more scenic thermal baths in Switzerland, but what this one lacks in bucolic views it makes up for in convenience and a reasonably entry price.
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Whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, there’s a staycation hotel just for you. From lakeside lounging to next-level swimming pools with panoramic views – trust us, we’ve found it all