Spend the summer holidays in Switzerland? Why not? We’ll show you that Switzerland offers an incredible variety of swimming and bathing options. Whether it be lakes, rivers, outdoor pools or sloughs – our tips have something for everyone.


Although Ticino may look like Italy, with the Valle Verzasca, the turquoise sloughs in Ponte Brolla and the lidos in Locarno and Ascona, this is the exotic bathing region of Switzerland.

Swimming in Ticino – some other options

Western Switzerland and Valais

Bienvenue to the French-speaking region of Switzerland. See for yourself how refreshing the Bellerive, Bieler Badi and Les Îles outdoor pools are on hot summer days.

Find more places to bathe and swim in Western Switzerland

Central and Northwestern Switzerland (incl. Zurich)

The area surrounding Lake Lucerne, but also the greater areas of Zurich, Bern and Basel, are enviable for their wealth of places to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Whether you visit the Marzilibad in the capital, the lido in Lucerne or the Limmat in Zurich, you definitely won’t be pining for sand or sea here.

Some more options for refreshing dips in Central Switzerland and in the Swiss Plateau

Eastern Switzerland and Graubünden

Explore the variety of bathing options available in the middle of the vast mountain panorama between Säntis and the Grison Alps. The Seealpsee in the Appenzeller Land, the Drei Weihern (Three Ponds) high above St. Gallen, the Rhybadi in Schaffhausen or the Caumasee in Flims are among our personal favourites, which we have selected for you.

Find even more places to swim and bathe in Eastern Switzerland