Friday, June 08, 2012

Swimming in Switzerland: 5 Fun Places

In hopes to encourage summer to make its appearance again, the Frau has decided to write about swimming in Switzerland. Yes, Switzerland is landlocked. But despite having no oceanfront, Switzerland still offers many wonderful places to swim in the summer. Below are five great options.

Lake Cauma Switzerland

Dive into this sparkling turquoise jewel near Flims in Graubünden or just flirt with a few local men. (Graubünden, according to a Swiss friend, is the canton where Swiss German speakers have the sexiest accent.) Other options? Rent a paddleboat and enjoy the water ohne goosebumps.

Drink the water? Swim in the water? At Lake Lungern, you could do either. The water is drinking-quality pure and one part of the lake has a swimming area complete with a sandy beach and water slide. You can also hike or bike around the entire lake, as the Frau has done.

Swim with the swans or tan on the deck—in any weather. Unlike some lidos along Lake Zurich, this historic one is open May 12-September 23 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. in all weather conditions. 

How many capital cities in the world have a river? And how many of these rivers can you swim in without a major health risk? The Frau doesn't know of many unpolluted rivers in world capitals, but she does know that you can swim in Bern's river. Here, every summer, hundreds of people take to the Aare, the longest river in Switzerland.

C'est beau to live in Lausanne. Naturally, this Olympic city is home to a wonderful summer swimming facility that includes–what else?–an Olympic-sized pool. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Bellerive also includes a family pool, an aquatic park, 20 ping pong tables, and a lovely location by the lake.

Where do you like to swim in Switzerland?


Jeremie said...

I think that my favorite place to swim is the "pointe du grain" on the shores of the Lac de Neuchâtel.
Clear water, trees, vineyard... what's not to like? picture

Chantal said...

Good to know about! The Frau will have to check that one out. Thanks for sharing.

pinguino said...

if the weather was better I could think about...I linked this post to one of mine, I hope it's ok for you :-)

Chantal said...

Of course, thanks for the link!

Allison L said...

Probably one of my favorite spots that I swam in was a river in Adelboden. The way it flowed down the mountain created pockets of areas that were basically nature's jacuzzis. Of course the water was freezing but still fun!

Dimitri said...

I can definitively vouch for Lake Cauma! This "forest lake" is sitting in a gorgeous location and is truly an experience...

Chantal said...

Hi Allison,

I was in Adelboden in December, so it's hard to think of swimming in that river! But it is gorgeous there, I'll have to go back in the summer...oh IS summer. Hmmm.

Hi Dimitri,

Glad to hear of another Lake Cauma fan!

Anonymous said...

Please... Lac Léman because it doesn't belong to Geneva only ;)...

Anonymous said...

What about the Rhein in Basel! Quite a popular location!!!

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