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Natural swimming in Switzerland

Make the most of Switzerland’s pristine rivers and lakes

Although Switzerland is well-known for its ski resorts and hiking trails, there's nothing better than spending the day lounging by the water and sunbathing. Take advantage of the country's beautiful lakes and rivers by visiting these spots during a particularly nice day.

River Aare in Bern

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Swimming in the Aare is an essential Swiss experience, up there with seeing the Matterhorn or eating too much chocolate. The crystal clear river is best enjoyed in Bern, alongside all the locals. Leave your clothes at the Marzili outdoor pool, walk upstream beside the river and then jump in. The current is relatively fast, so you don’t actually have to swim. Just lie back on this liquid travellator – but remember to get out at Marzili! Then walk back up and do it all again.

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Yverdon-les-Bains beach

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When the town name includes the word ‘Bains,’ then you know it has to be somewhere worth visiting for a swim. In fact, the Bains are actually the thermal springs that can also be enjoyed here all year round, but it’s a dip in Lake Neuchatel that is the summertime treat. The town’s sandy beach is backed by shady trees, with plenty of room for sunbathing and lounging.

Lido Lucerne

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Lake Lucerne is one of the most picturesque in Switzerland, with its mountain backdrop and clear blue water. It’s even better when you enjoy it from in the water! There’s no finer way to cool off on a summer day than swimming in a lake while gazing at the Alps. This Lido near the city centre has plenty of sunbathing space, a sandy beach, fun for kids and a restaurant.

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1 River Aare in Bern
2 Yverdon-les-Bains beach
3 Lido Lucerne