Zurich buzzes with life in summer when families and friends meet on Lake Zurich’s promenades, in town squares, on garden terraces, or at one of the 40 outdoor swimming pools, or ‘badis’ as they’re known by the locals.
average air temperature (summer)
average water temperature (summer)
swimming facilities in the city of Zurich alone
Zurich’s residents could never live without their beloved ‘badis’, where people come in the summer to sunbathe, spend a pleasant day with their children or after work to enjoy a chilled waterside drink.
On the lake, in the river or in an outdoor pool – Zurich has no shortage of places to swim. Some are single-sex, one has a sandy beach, while another features a sauna.
Spend the day swimming before heading to the hip open-air bar in the evening: The ‘badi’ bars are favorite after-work spots for Zurich locals in the summertime.
After swimming hours are over, many badis on the river and lake open their doors as bars. Swimming is usually prohibited to allow concerts, readings and film screenings.
Summer in Zurich is wonderful. Here’s a list of the nicest terraces, hippest ‘badi’ bars and open-air concerts not to be missed.