Best time to visit Switzerland

Beach Season on Lakes in Switzerland

Only in Switzerland you can find such clean lakes in the middle of big cities!

Best time: June–August

Beach Season on Lakes
Beach Season on Lakes
Beach Season on Lakes
Beach Season on Lakes
Beach Season on Lakes

It might not be safe to swim in the lakes or rivers that flow through most European big cities. However, in Switzerland, you are welcome to enjoy such things as you like. Try the Bains des Pâquis in Geneva—an open air public swimming spot right in the centre of town. Built in the 1930s, it is still a favorite place for locals during the summer to socialize, swim, sunbathe, and have a meal with a beautiful view. If you are not comfortable swimming in the lake, check out Bellerive Plage Lausanne. This 1930s open-air pool and leisure centre is located close to the Lake Geneva bank and is extremely popular during summer.

Lake Zurich and its inflowing rivers also become a beach spot during the summer with its famous "Badis." Visit Zurich​ Flussbad Oberer ​Letten, a hang-out for Zurich hipsters at the Limmat River or the more quiet Seebad Enge. Swimming, beach volleyball, and many more activities are available during summer—like renting paddle boats and exploring the city from an unusual angle.

Practical info

What are some of the safest lakes for swimming in Switzerland?

Swimming is considered safe in most lakes in Switzerland, but visitors should consult locals about the water quality before jumping in. Three of the many safe lakes for swimming include Lake Zurich, Lake Geneva, and Lake Lugano. These lakes offer visitors warm, clear water, and provide an enjoyable swimming experience. To keep up with water quality updates, visitors should check the official swimming page run by the Swiss government. Show more

When is the best time to travel to Switzerland to enjoy lake beach activities?

The months of June to August provide the best weather for visitors who want to participate in lake beach activities in Switzerland. During this time, temperatures range from 20-25°C, making it ideal for swimming, sunbathing, boating, and other outdoor activities. Visitors can still enjoy Switzerland's many other tourist attractions at other times, such as skiing and snowboarding during winter months. Show more

Which public spots in Geneva are popular for open-air swimming?

Swimming is permitted at numerous open-air public areas in Geneva. The Bains des Pâquis has a Turkish Bath, restaurant, and serves as a popular spot in the center of town. Visitors can also swim at Les Vernets swimming pool, which is located in the heart of Geneva and operates from June to September. The Perle du Lac park is another popular spot for swimming with excellent lakeside beaches and fantastic panoramic views of the water. However, some of these areas lack active lifeguards, so caution must be taken when swimming. Show more

What types of water activities are available on Lake Zurich during the summer season?

Lake Zurich is an ideal location for summer activities in Switzerland, offering a range of different water activities. Visitors can enjoy swimming, kayaking, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, tubing, and leisurely cruises around the lake. Several beaches line the lake's shore and provide opportunities for sunbathing, yoga, or relaxing in an idyllic environment. Sightseeing tours and evening cruises to soak in the stunning sunset views are popular as well. A day at Lake Zurich guarantees an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Show more

Are paddle boats available for rent at all Swiss lake beach spots?

Most Swiss lake beach locations rent paddle boats; however, cost and hours of operation may differ across each spot. Visitors can rent paddle boats in Lucerne and explore the lake and neighboring sites. In Basel, at the shore of the Rhine, paddle boats are also available for rental. To guarantee paddle boat availability, it is best to inquire before heading to a beach spot. Visitors can also ask locals for a nearby paddle boat rental service, as they are likely to know the nearest rental options. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin