"Pack your swimsuit, take your little sister, and get on out to Wannsee" – sang Conny Froeboess in 1951. Even now, her hit is just as much a part of summer as are ice lollies and swimming. Here are some great places for a dip in the water.
The Velvety Waters of the Burgseeli at Interlaken
At the natural Burgseeli lido at Interlaken you can swim in the velvety soft moorland water that reaches up to 26 degrees Celsius in the summer months (May to September). This is only one feature of this somewhat hidden paradise. The second is its location: Around this idyllic little lake there are trees, bushes and shrubs, while on the horizon the Bernese Alps can be seen against the sky. It is a delightful spot to get away from it all. The restaurant operator here provides a very varied programme – dancing and concerts, swimming under a full moon and barbecue evenings. interlaken.ch
The Idyllic Sandy Beaches on St. Peter's Island
A mere 4.7 kilometres long, St. Peter's island is where Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Goethe and the Empress Joséphine once enjoyed lighter moments of fun. The peninsula at the western end of Lake Biel has long been a popular destination for people from far and wide. Many visitors travel by taxi boat from Erlach or Lüscherz, while others come on foot (it is an hour's walk from Erlach) or by bicycle. The bathing areas on the island are hidden away on the north side: From Erlach you follow the main walking trail around the island in a counterclockwise direction before going through the forest toward the shore. Here you can swim, paddle, build sand castles and have a barbecue.
The Pool with a View in Adelboden
The Grüebi swimming pool is a little gem with a big history. It was built in 1933 when the local hoteliers decided to carry out architect Beda Hefti's visionary idea in order to lure more tourists to Adelboden. The complex with its 50-metre swimming pool was built into the hillside and bordered by red sand imported from Genoa. The cloakroon with its columns and wavy roof edge exuded grandeur, while the spacious lawn provided plenty of space to relax. The complex is to be restored next year – thanks to a community of interest, which has been fighting for years for the restoration of the original pool. It will still be open this summer, and we consider it to be well worth a visit, even in its unrestored condition. adelboden.ch (German)
The Romantic River Pool in Thun
Anyone looking to impress overseas visitors needs to show them at least one of our unique natural river pools. One of these is in Thun, where the Schwäbis river pool is the perfect place to make a lasting impression. The Schwäbis was built in 1869/70 on the Aare river, in the typical Swiss chalet style of that era. It was carefully renovated about 10 years ago. And as the restaurant at the pool is operated by the popular Trattoria Rimini, it is highly recommended that from time to time you round off your after-work swim with a fine dinner. thunersee.ch
The Public Baths with Bad Weather Option
The Bernese affectionately use the diminutive term, the "Weyerli", when referring to the Weyermannshaus. Endearing though it might be, it is totally inappropriate! The main pool has a water surface of 16,000 square metres – the largest swimming pool in the country. Also to be found here at the west of Bern is everything else an outdoors bathing enthusiast could wish for – a diving and children's pool, ping-pong tables and boccia court, and a restaurant and kiosk. If, for once, the sun is not shining, you can always slip into the affiliated indoor pool, which reopens on 14 August. sportamt-bern.ch (German)