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At the bottom of the village near the tourist office, this brash complex sports 10 different indoor and outdoor pools with water ranging in temperature from 28° to 43°C...
Taking you through the Rhine Gorge, the turbulent 17km stretch of the Vorderrhein between Ilanz and Reichenau is white-water-rafting heaven...
North of the train station on the east bank of the Limmat (just south of Kornhausbrücke), this is where Züri-West trendsetters swim, dive off bridges, skateboard, play volleyball, or just drink at the riverside bars ...
Spiez’ lido attracts sun-worshipping locals and families who come to frolic in the lake or swim laps in the Olympic-sized swimming pool...
The sailing school at Ouchy offer courses on windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing, and equipment rental for these activities...
Shaded by chestnut trees, this locally popular lakefront beach, just south of the Old Town, is perfect for a swim or sunbathe. Another beach, Strandbad Zug , lies west of the Old Town...
At this trendy bath, the bar stays open until midnight when the weather is good. Other offerings include massage, yoga, kung fu and a Sunday-night sauna (Sfr27; 8pm to 11pm). It’s about 700m southwest of Bürkliplatz...
If you’re itching to leap into the Rhine, do it at this rickety 19th-century wooden bathhouse. There are diving boards and old-fashioned changing rooms reminiscent of an era when ‘proper’ folk bathed fully clothed.
Perfect for a splash or sunbathe is this lakefront beach with a playground, volleyball court and heated outdoor pool near Camping Lido...
Adventure Point arranges guided canoe and kayak tours (Sfr80), or you can go it alone for around Sfr60 per person. For adrenalin-charged thrills, check out its canyoning (from Sfr125) excursions in the area.
Vidy Beach is a beach on Lake Geneva, backed by thick woods and parklands. Locals can be seen cycling, rollerblading (in-line skating) or just strolling along the waterfront on sunny weekends.
The best of Brunnen’s two lakeside beaches, this one has a giant hammock, sun loungers, a lifeguard, a wading pool and pontoons. Find it 1.5km northwest of the town centre, near the campsites.
Locarno’s lido has several pools, including an Olympic-size one, children’s splash areas and waterslides, and fabulous lake and mountain views. The huge complex uses solar and hydropower.
In summer, this open-air 25m swimming pool beside the Aare River is the perfect place to get a tan and kick back with locals among the expansive lawns, foosball tables and sunbathing racks.
Enjoy views of the Silvretta Alps as you splash at this heated outdoor pool. There's a kids' play area, volleyball court and a climbing wall suspended above the diving pool.
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