Summer is finally here! Now it’s time for swimming. Thanks to the excellent water quality in Switzerland, you can swim in any river and lake, which is a not nicer experience than just going to a public swimming pool. Switzerland offers a great variety of different “badis”, that’s what the public swimming baths are called in Swiss German.

Where to find Swiss people in the summer' In the badi
Where to find Swiss people in the summer’ In the badi

The “badi” – more than just a public swimming pool

The badis are real institutions in Switzerland. No wonder, since our Alpine country lacks sea front and beach. That’s why we celebrate swimming in our lakes and rivers, and in many places badis are not only used for bathing, but also for eating, drinking, celebrating and enjoying. Especially in the big cities, badis turn into trendy bars that are open until late into the night. Countless people enjoy a warm summer evening on the riverbank with a cool beer. We have put together the most beautiful badis for you.

Basel: Rheinbad Breiti

The Basler Badi Rhybadhysli Breiti is a scaffolding construction on stilts, high above the Rhine. It offers a magnificent view of the Basel skyline. The extraordinary Badi is the ideal place to chill and relax and to enjoy the view of the city. More entertainment is not needed. The Badi is not suitable for small children.

Address: St. Alban-Rheinweg 195, 4052 Basel, Switzerland

Infrastructure: WC, showers, changing rooms, sauna in winter

Catering: Restaurant Le Rhin Bleu, Kiosk

Opening hours: 11.00 to 20.00

Price: 6 francs

Highlight: The view of Basel’s skyline

Information: www.rheinbad-breite.ch

Bern: Marzilibad

It's not all about politics in Bern. Source: sportamt-bern.ch
It’s not all about politics in Bern. Source: sportamt-bern.ch

In Bern not only politics is made. Right in front of the Bundeshaus you find the the most popular Badi of the city. On around 10,000 square metres, the Badi offers sunbathing lawns, direct river access and a separate “Paradiesli” for nudist fans. There are also several safe pools available for warm wimps to splash around in. Because swimming in the Aare can be somewhat dangerous. You really need to be a good swimmer.

Address: Marzilistrasse 29, 3005 Bern, Switzerland

Infrastructure: Aare river pool, 50 m swimming pool with 8 lanes, diving pool, 1 m diving board and 3 m diving platform, nudist compartment for women, beach volleyball fields

Catering: Restaurant with terrace

Opening hours: 7.00 to 21.00

Price: Free entrance

Highlight: View of the Bundeshaus

Information: aaremarzili.info

Geneva: Bains des Pâquis

The Bains des Pâquis is a Geneva institution. Damned to demolition, the population successfully fought against the city administration and brought the plans to failure. Today, the bath from the 1930s is the most popular bath of the Rhône city. Because here you can not only swim in the lake while looking at the water fountain “Jet d’Eau”, fashion shows, concerts and photo exhibitions also take place here. A hammam and massages provide the well-deserved rest after a strenuous day in the office.

Address: Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1200 Geneva

Infrastructure: Fully equipped bathroom, sauna, hammam, massages, diving platform, beach volleyball

Catering: Restaurant, Kiosk

Opening hours: 10.00 to 20.00

Price: Children: 1 franc, adults: 2 francs

Highlight: The Bains des Pâquis are definitely “The Place to be” on Lake Geneva

Information: www.bains-des-paquis.ch

Lucerne: Lido

The Lido in Lucerne has a beautiful sandy beach. Source: www.lido-luzern.ch
The Lido in Lucerne has a beautiful sandy beach. Source: www.lido-luzern.ch

The lido Lido is the oldest Badi in Lucerne. It impresses above all with its sandy beach. Something you don’t find too often in Switzerland. If you don’t like sand, you can make yourself comfortable on the large sunbathing lawns. Since Lake Lucerne can be rather cool even in hot summers, there is even a heated swimming pool.

Address: Lidostrasse 6A, 6006 Lucerne

Infrastructure: Playground for children, Beach volleyball, SUP rental

Catering: Restaurant

Opening hours: 9.00 to 20.00

Price: Children: 5 francs, adults: 8 francs

Highlight: Very good infrastructure, view over lake and Pilatus

Information: www.lido-luzern.ch

Rorschach SG: Badhütte

Along the shores of Lake Constance there are numerous bathing establishments where you can cool off. But the Badhütte in Rorschach (SG) is something special. The wooden hut, built in 1924, makes the hearts of the nostalgic beat faster. Because here you can still experience a touch of the “old days”. But there is no other great fun offer. Anyone who goes to this spa is looking for peace and quiet and simply wants to chill out and swim. The in-house restaurant spoils you with delicious dishes.

Address: Thurgauer Strasse, 9400 Rorschach

Infrastructure: Non-swimmer pool in the lake

Catering: Restaurant

Opening hours: 9.00 to 19.00

Price: children: 2 francs, adults: 4 francs

Highlight: Concerts are being organized

Information: www.badhuette.ch

St. Gallen: Drei Weieren

Drei Weieren above the city go back to the ice age. Today the town of St. Gallen cools down in summer heat around the historic bathhouse from 1896. Here you can not only swim wonderfully, the meadows are also perfect for picnics and sunbathing. Thanks to the elevated location, you also have a great view of the old town and Lake Constance.

Address: Dreilindenstrasse 50, 9011 St. Gall

Infrastructure: Fully equipped bathroom, diving boards, table tennis

Catering: Restaurant, Kiosk

Opening hours: 9.00 to 19.00

Price: Children: 2.80 francs, adults 5,50 francs, partly free of charge

Highlight: One of the most beautiful bathing resorts beyond the Alps

Information: www.stadt.sg.ch

Schaffhausen: Rhybadi

In the old venerable Badi in Schaffhausen swimming is even more fun. Source: www.rhybadi.ch
In the old venerable Badi in Schaffhausen swimming is even more fun. Source: www.rhybadi.ch

The Rhybadi is a construction on stilts dating from 1870 and is the oldest preserved river bath in Europe. It has a plan like a boat and swims in the Rhine of Schaffhausen. Some details are still reminiscent of the time when men and women bathed strictly separated from each other. Today, of course, this is no longer the case. A retracted floor enables even non-swimmers to plunge into the floods of the mighty river.

Address: Rheinuferstrasse, 8200 Schaffhausen

Infrastructure: fully equipped bathroom

Catering: Kiosk

Opening hours: 8.00 to 22.00

Price: children: 2 francs, adults: 4 francs

Highlight: It couldn’t be more historic

Information: www.rhybadi.ch

Zug: Seebad Seeliken

Small but nice is the badi Seeliken directly in the old town of Zug. The location is a deal for all those who want to cool off during their lunch break or after working in the wonderful lake.

Address: Artherstrasse 2, 6300 Zug

Infrastructure: diving platform, raft and playground equipment with water, table tennis,

Catering: Garden restaurant

Opening hours: 9.00 to 21.00

Price: free entrance

Highlight: Regular concerts and culinary events

Information: www.seeliken.ch

Zurich: Tiefenbrunnen

The Badi Tiefenbrunnen is a wonderful place to swim in Lake Zurich. Source: tiefenbrunnen.ch
The Badi Tiefenbrunnen is a wonderful place to swim in Lake Zurich. Source: tiefenbrunnen.ch

The Badi Tiefenbrunnen is located in the Seefeld district and impresses with its large facilities and its diverse range of offers. On the large sunbathing lawns on Lake Zurich you can get a wonderful tan and enjoy cosy moments with friends. It has become established that gays, lesbians and hip hetero singles and couples are on the meadow to the left of the entrance. While families and elderly people install themselves on the meadows to the right of the entrance.

Address: Bellerivestrasse 214, 8008 Zurich

Infrastructure: Fully equipped bath, Springboard, Slide, Children’s playground, Restaurant, SUP Rental

Catering: Restaurant Tiefenbrunnen

Opening hours: 11.00 to 20.00

Price: Children: 4 francs, adults: 8 francs

Highlight: Here you will find the best lawn for sunbathing in the city of Zurich.

Information: www.tiefenbrunnen.ch

The Badi, the perfect place to learn Swiss German

If you lie lazily on your towel and enjoy the beautiful weather, you have plenty of time to learn Swiss German. Thanks to our online course you can learn in the shade of the trees. We already show you some important words you can use when going to the badi.

Swiss German English
Eimal bitte One entrance
Wie warm ischs Wasser? What’s the water temperature?
S’Wasser isch chalt The water is cold
S’Wasser isch warm The water is warm
Eis Glacé bitte Once ice cream please
Ich gang go schwümme I go swimming
Wo isch d’Duschi? Where is the shower
Sünnelä To sun bath
Schatte Shade
Sunneschirm Umbrella
Tüächli Towel

 

The best of Switzerlands’ Badis for a hot summer
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