Tuesday, 31 July, 2012
Best five places for a Swiss swim
Over the coming weeks WRS will highlight the best summer fun to be had in Switzerland with a segment called The Guide. Today we are looking at great places to swim. WRS’s Pete Forster speaks to Veronique Kanel of Swiss Tourism for her top beach, lake and river destinations:
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PLACES TO SWIM IN SWITZERLAND
The black waters of Fribourg (FR)
- Depending on the light conditions, the mountain lake shimmers in various dark hues.
Bathing Fun at Lake Cauma, Flims (GR)
- The turquoise-colored lake is about 1,000 meters above sea level and has a water temperature of 20 to 24 degrees Celsius.
Swimming islands by the Reuss delta in Seedorf (Uri)
- Flüelen can feel almost Mediterranean on hot days.
- 3.3 million tons of rock excavated from the Gotthard Base Tunnel were used to create the Lorelei swimming islands in Lake Lucerne (Urnersee).
Swimming Pool Marzili (BE)
- Bern’s most frequented swimming pool is the “Marzili”. No entrance fee is charged and in the separate open-air spaces “Paradiesli” and “Männerbad”, women and men may sunbathe in the nude.
- The swimming pool is in a scenic location close to the Swiss Parliament building.
One of the most beautiful sand beaches of Switzerland in Yvonand (VD)
- The shady beach sloping to the water is particularly suitable for small children.
- The nearby pine forest in one of the most beautiful settings of the Lake of Neuchâtel.
Estavayer-le-Lac: beach and watersports heaven (VD)
- Estavayer-le-Lac is a medieval town situated beside Lake Neuchâtel and is home to the best-equipped watersports center in Switzerland.
Lac de Joux (alt. 1004 m. in VD):
- The largest lake of the Jura mountain range (VD)
- Windsurfers love the windy conditions around Lake Joux.
Val Verzasca, (TI)
- Natural crystal clear pools carved in the rock in a very picturesque valley.
Security tips when swimming:
- Never leave kids unattended
- Never go swimming alone far from the shore.
- Don’t dive unless the water is clear, and unless you know the place.
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